Lost Boys - Special Edition

Lost Boys - Special Edition

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Director: Joel Schumacher

Cast: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest


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In this hit '80s hybrid of the horror movie and the teen flick, a single mom and her two sons become involved with a pack of vampires when they move into an offbeat Northern California town. Lucy (Dianne Wiest) and her sons, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim), move toSee more details below


In this hit '80s hybrid of the horror movie and the teen flick, a single mom and her two sons become involved with a pack of vampires when they move into an offbeat Northern California town. Lucy (Dianne Wiest) and her sons, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim), move to Santa Carla to live with Lucy's lovable but curmudgeonly father (Barnard Hughes). Lucy gets a job from video-store owner Max (Edward Herrmann), then begins dating him, while Sam hangs out with Edward and Alan Frog (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander), a pair of vampire-obsessed comic-shop clerks. Soon Michael falls in with some actual vampires after becoming enamored of one of their victims: Star (Jami Gertz), a gypsy-like vixen who is trying to hold on to her humanity even though vampire leader David (Kiefer Sutherland) wants to play Peter Pan to her Wendy. When Michael visits the cavernous hangout of David and his cronies and unwittingly drinks from a wine bottle full of vampiric blood, he becomes an unwilling member of the bloodsucker biker gang. Soon, it's up to Sam and the Frog brothers to destroy David and his ilk without killing Michael and Star. Shot on location in the coastal California town of Santa Cruz and directed by Hollywood pro Joel Schumacher, The Lost Boys became a pop-culture phenomenon thanks to its attractive young stars, offbeat soundtrack, and hip, clever marketing campaign. The film's tagline -- "Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire." -- perfectly captured its knowing mixture of attitude and gore. The effects team who transformed Sutherland and company into snarling bloodsuckers would go on to provide equally gruesome effects for Blade, another revisionist vampire flick, more than a decade later.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Few blockbusters can boast the easy charms of this delightful popcorn flick, which featured "the two Coreys" (Haim and Feldman) at the height of their popularity and set brooding Jason Patric up for endless "Why isn't he a bigger star?" feature stories. Although no fewer than five hands were involved in the screenplay, the film that emerges is a solidly cohesive effort that takes both its teen angst and its blood-n-fangs seriously even as it smirks slightly at its own cheekiness. From the deadpan antics of Grampa (Barnard Hughes) and the quirky likability of his flaky daughter, Lucy (Woody Allen favorite Dianne Wiest), to the classic "meet cute" of Star (Jamie Gertz) and Michael (Jason Patric), The Lost Boys uses standard-issue screenwriting devices to set up its vampires-in-seedy-suburbia scenario. It succeeds, however, thanks to its imaginative vampire mythos and its easy mixture of laughs and thrills. Kiefer Sutherland is actually quite menacing as the leader of the Rebel Without a Cause-style undead, while the Coreys and co-star Jamison Newlander have great fun spouting slang witticism and driving stakes through the hearts of the bloodsucking legions. The location shots of coastal Northern California punks cavorting on the boardwalk set an edgy pop-culture tone that's carried through in the music (by INXS, Echo and the Bunnymen, and composer Thomas Newman, among others) and especially in the shots of the so-hip-it-hurts vampire hangout. The real treat for horror fans, though, is the extended set piece of the climax, which includes so many inventive deaths (and killer plot twists) that it renders earlier vampire movies tame. Fans of more methodical psychological horror -- and older audiences in general -- probably won't find The Lost Boys too scintillating, but for youngsters, horror fans, and '80s survivors, it's a fun little flick that has held up remarkably well.

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Warner Home Video
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Commentary by director Joel Schumacher; Additional scenes; The Lost Boys: A Retrospective documentary; The Return of Sam and the Frog Brothers: The 2 Coreys and Jamison Newlander - Multiangle video commentary; Vamping Out: The Undead Creations of Greg Cannom; Inside the Vampire's Cave: 4 featurettes; The Vampire's photo gallery; Lou Gramm Lost in the Shadows music video; A World of Vampires interactive map; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Patric Michael
Corey Haim Sam
Dianne Wiest Lucy
Barnard Hughes Grandpa
Edward Herrmann Max
Kiefer Sutherland David
Jami Gertz Star
Corey Feldman Edgar Frog
Jamison Newlander Alan Frog
Brooke McCarter Paul
Billy Wirth Dwayne
Alex Winter Marko
Chance Michael Corbitt Laddie
Nori Morgan Shelly
J. Dinan Myrtetus Security Guard
Kelly Minter Maria
Jim Turner Gas Station Owner
Melanie Bishop Child's Mother

Technical Credits
Joel Schumacher Director
William S. Beasley Asst. Director
Harvey Bernhard Producer
Jeffrey Boam Screenwriter
David Burton Stunts
Greg Cannon Special Effects
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Chris Columbus Screenwriter
Mark Damon Executive Producer
Richard Donner Executive Producer
Marion Dougherty Casting
Thomas A. Duffield Art Director
Janice Fischer Original Story,Screenwriter
Michael Genne Camera Operator
Sandy Gimpel Stunts
Danny Gould Songwriter
Randy Hall Stunts
Steve Holladay Stunts
John W. Hyde Executive Producer
James Jeremias Original Story,Screenwriter
David LeBell Stunts
Gene Lebell Stunts
John Meier Stunts
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Larry Nicholas Stunts
Michael D. O'Shea Camera Operator
William R. Perry Stunts
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Bernie Pock Stunts
Thomas Pope Screenwriter
D. Kerry Prior Special Effects
Robert Brown Editor
Pat Romano Stunts
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Stoker Special Effects
John Warnke Set Decoration/Design
Robert W. Welch Production Designer
R. Chris Westlund Set Decoration/Design
Scott Wilder Stunts
Spice Williams Stunts

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