J’s Halloween Hall of Fame: The Lost Boys

Let me start off by saying once again, how much I love this time of year and especially Halloween!  During this time I do enjoy me a good horror story here and there.  So what I want to do during this scary season is give you some recommendations on what I like to watch and read to get my old ticker racing a bit.  So here is another of my spoiler free recommendations:

The Lost Boys

The Lost Boys is a film that was released in 1987 starring Jason Patric (one of the most underrated actors ever, see Rush & Narc ), Kiefer Sutherland (the film’s resident badass as usual), Jami Gertz (who was fantastic in Crossroads with Ralph Macchio NOT Britney Spears & Less Than Zero), Corey Haim and Corey Feldman (don’t judge) and directed by Joel Schumacher (AKA the Batman Killer).  Although this move is not as intense as American Vampire or Bram Stoker’s Dracula film adaptation, The Lost Boys does have it’s adrenaline pumping moments but more than anything it’s just a whole lot of fun.



The story starts out with teenage rebel Michael (Jason Patric) and his family, which includes his newly divorced mother Lucy (Dianne Wiest) and little brother Sam (Corey Haim) going to live with their kooky old Grandfather in a small SoCal town which happens to be the murder capital of the world.  One evening while Michael and his little brother Sam were hanging out at a pier amusement park, Michael sees Star (Jami Gertz) and it’s love at first sight for both of them.  But for his own good, Star tries to ditch Michael but he’s relentless and follows her around the park like a bit of a creeper.  He stops though when he sees her hop on the back of her boyfriend’s motorcycle surrounded and a few of his sinister looking buddies with them.  Star’s boyfriend David (Kiefer Sutherland) sees Michael and decides to have some fun with him.


After confronting Michael and testing his mettle a bit Kiefer Sutherland finds a kindred spirit in him and decides he’d be a good fit for his gang of road warriors who don’t let just anyone into their ranks.   Michael being new, wanting to fit in somewhere and maybe a bit naïve decides to join David and his gang by participating in some bizarre rituals.  Besides, being with David means being with Star as well.  But David’s gang is much more than a high school social club.  Michael quickly finds out he’s in way over his head, and tries to get himself and Star out of danger before it’s too late.  Sensing that Michael is in trouble, his little brother Sam enlists the aid of a couple of teens who own a comic book store and now, the adventure begins.


One of the things that really stands out in this movie is the cast.  Everyone is so great in it and even the supporting cast delivers top notch performances.  This is the only movie I can watch Corey Haim and Corey Feldman and not have my fists clench in striking position.  Not only that but Kiefer Sutherland is perhaps the only man on earth that can still rock a mullet, hard.  Yeah The Lost Boys isn’t without it’s 80’s camp but with it come some truly terrifying moments.  The story is smart, fun and there are enough plot twists and turns you’ll feel like you’re in the Haunted House ride at the State Fair!

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