CandleMaker Movie Reviews: The Lost Boys (1987)
June 12, 2012 3 Comments
In a time where style is everything but original I awake a classic that hasn’t been sleeping all that much. Since the times are in love with vampires more than ever, I figure I start off with a real vampire movie, when cool was cool in the 80′s. Although I was born in 85′, I still had the taste of the 80′s stuck in my mouth well into the 90′s. Of course I welcomed it back with a big dose of nostalgia as well.
I love The Lost Boys, and it comes to no surprise that the director Joel Schumacher has quite a resume including: Flatliners, Falling Down, Batman Forever, 8MM and more recently, Trespass starring Nicholas Cage.
From the second the movie opens you inhale a dose of California, a fictional California coast town very reminiscent of Santa Cruz. Kiefer Sutherland immediately establishes his alpha male status with his leading prowl on the merry-go-round followed by the rest of his goons. I call it his tribe of vampires.
The 80′s were the last days of originality, take a look around and tell me you see someone wearing something from the last 20 years that is of that time?
This movie is a stamp of the times it was made in, 1987. Anyone who has a respectable opinion about music would know The Lost Boys soundtrack is top notch featuring a cover by Echo & The Bunnymen of The Doors hit “People are Strange”,“ Cry Little Sister” by Gerard McMann, “I Still Believe” Covered by Tim Cappello (the awesome saxophone guy in the movie) and Lou Gramm from Foreigner had a song called “Lost in the Shadows” just to name a few.
Now don’t poke fun at me If I’m stating the obvious but I see a big Jim Morrison influence. Jason Patric’s character Michael practically looks like him, between the poster shown in the movie of Jim Morrison and the cover in The Lost Boys soundtrack, I think it’s a giveaway.
Nonetheless if you don’t like The Doors you might as well stop reading this or anything else I write because you’re an asshole.
Now that only non-assholes are reading I’ll focus on some of the metaphoric interpretations I have of the movie. Bear in mind although this movie has been reviewed and talked about before I haven’t done any research or read anyone else’s reviews. I love this movie, and the year just happens to be 2012.
Crime in certain times or another have been an epidemic in parts of the country, where there is crime there is drug use, where there is drug use there is irresponsibility and where there is irresponsibility there are the lost generation, by that I mean growing up without guidance or fear. The vampire theme is a mask to cover up for drug use and partying. Vampires are the perfect cover up for a cocaine addict. The Lost Boys represent the generation who got ”lost in the shadows”, or it’s just a vampire movie.
I like the idea of it just being a vampire movie, a vampire movie with a few awesome actors and great soundtrack.
Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.