Story: Sleep all day. Party all night. It’s fun to be a vampire. …or a Frog brother.
The Film Itself: What… what’s this? A really good 80’s movie? With Vampires? And the two Corey’s in their first cinematic debut together? Indeed it is. The Lost Boys is one of the most fun & coolest vampire films of the 80’s and it STILL holds up today! Michael & Sam are two brothers forced to move to a new town. Little do they know it’s crawling with vampires. Help is on the way in the form of Sam’s two new friends at the comic book store, the Frog brothers. Unfortunetly, Michael falls for a vampire chick, he drinks some blood and boom… he’s now on his way to becoming a vampire too. (See what woman do to us!?) This is one of those rare cases in which all the casting is just perfect. Between Jason Patrick, early in his career here as Michael, Corey Haim as his younger brother Sam and Kiefer Sutherland, who steals the show as the sinister David; the leader of the vampire gang, this is just a great little film that combines all the genre’s in all the right ways. This is when Joel Schumacher was making decent films as opposed to putting nipples on superheros. And it’s on special edition DVD now! Go buy it!
Special Features: This was once offered as a bare bones DVD release but thankfully, this is a new updated special edition and the features are great! The picture and sound on the movie itself are top notch. (Which rules considering the soundtrack kicks ass! Echo & The Bunnymen covering the Doors!?) There’s a great retrospective documentary on disc 2 talking about all the aspects of how this film came together. It’s interesting that at one point this was Richard Donner’s follow-up to Goonies. Or that Corey Feldman & Jamison Newlander (who both played the Frog brothers) were playing their parts completely straight & didn’t realize they were funny until half way thru filming. There’s a few vampire featurettes. A ‘Lost In The Shadows’ music video which will bring you right back to the 80’s. A commentary with director Joel Schumacher. And the highlight for me, a section on disc two which focuses on the Return of Sam & the Frog Brothers, and features new interviews with Corey Haim, Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander. The only disappointment is that those three weren’t together in the same room for these features. Together, they would’ve made a great commentary for this DVD. – robg.