The Lost Boys (1987)
Synopsis: After moving to a new California town, a pair of brothers soon become embroiled in a mess of teenage vampires and inept comic loving vampire hunters. After the elder brother Michael starts displaying signs of vampirism, it becomes vitally important this ragtag assortment of heroes slay the head vampire.
Killer Scene: The final battle is pretty sweet and any time Kiefer is on screen is awesome, but the scene that sticks out most in my mind is Sutherland’s David taunting Michael and making him believe he’s eating maggots out of a Chinese food box. Maggots, Michael, you’re eating maggots. How do they taste?
Violence: There is a lot of bloody vampire goodness, with people getting bit and tossed into fires and thrown around. The vampires themselves take the brunt of most of the violent stuff, with stakes into hearts, impalements, electrocutions, and all sorts of sharp objects being shoved into them. The blood flows freely – vamps are bleeders.
Scares: Not really a scary flick, but there are some tense moments throughout. Towards the end the Vampires amp up their frightening tactics and looks which could put some creepy images into your mind. There is a jump scare or two and Kiefer Sutherland is sufficiently menacing to scare your children.
Final Thoughts: The Lost Boys is a favorite of mine, and a lot of others. Joel Schumacher moved the vampire legend into a sleepy town in California and made the vampires perhaps the thing that scares adults most – teenagers! With cool 1980s fashion, a ripping soundtrack, and great performances in a novel movie, this is one of the first and best times a movie really tried to make the Vampire something more than a well dressed gentlemen and it works great. It also stars the Coreys and Bill S. Preston, Esquire!