divorcing from her husband Lucy Emerson moves to Santa Clara CA,
the city with the most murder cases in the US to live at her fathers
place with her two sons Sam and Michael. She soon finds a job at
Max's video store, her two sons get to know the local youth. Max
becomes friends with two super cool comic freaks, Michael falls
in love with beautiful Star and meets the biker gang whose leader,
David seems to go with her. In the headquarters of the biker punks
Michael makes some unpleasant experiences, but nevertheless he drinks
from the bottle offered to him. Soon this turns out to be a mistake
of great consequence. The bottle contained vampire blood and Michael
gradually turns into a vampire. But never mind ... thanks to their
vampire comics his brother Sam and his two new buddies know exactly
what to do: the ober-vampire has to be eliminated. In this way Michael
as well as his sweetheart star will become normal again, both of
them not having drunken human blood yet. So the adolescents impale
David and his friends just to find out in the end that, as if we
haven't anticipated this from the beginning on, the ober-vampire
is somebody else, which is smart Max. But he is killed as well.
well, the 80s were indeed a gruesome decade with all that Studioline-Hairstyle,
Vanilla pants and brat pack movies. Just imagine a mixture of a
Billy Idol look, American wave music, movies such as "The Goonies"
and the theme rebellious youth and, of course, vampires. The result
will be something like "The Lost Boys", which held a cult
status within the gothic scene for quite a while (or even still
holds?) for what reason ever. This movie could only be created in
the 80s, but well, even if you ignore the styling the movie doesn't
become any better. Joel Schumacher is a great dazzler, the photography
is done pretty well and the movie has quite some speed to it, but
those who have a closer look at it will soon find some major gaps
to the already poor story. We have to admit that there's indeed
some original ideas, such as the use of holy water pump guns (and
this already 10 years before Rodriguez'/Tarantino's "From Dusk
Dawn") or the posters with missed persons all over Santa Clara.
Furthermore there has never before been vampires smoking or consuming
if you compare"The Lost Boys" to "Near Dark"
by Kathryn Bigelow, shot the same year, it comes off pretty badly,
and the excuse that all this is due to the style of the 80s cannot
be accepted anymore. The movie lacks atmosphere, there's no creeps.
In relation to the vampire classics "The Lost Boys" would
be the same as Schumachers "Batman and Robin" compared
with the first two "Batman" movies made by Tim Burton:
quite nice, but nothing more. Neither the fans of gothic horror
nor splatter heads will enjoy "the Lost Boys" to a maximum
and it would be best to recommend it to those who have not really
lived the 80s and who think that it was a cool time then (which
seems to be trendy at the moment). Those who want to experience
real horror should try watching TV serials of the 80s, such as "Miami
Vice" or "Dallas", uuaaarrgghh...