The Lost Boys

A mother and her two teenage sons move to a seemingly nice and quiet small coastal California town yet soon find out that it’s overrun by bike gangs and vampires. While older brother Michael (Jason Patric) falls in with the cool vampires, and begins to become one himself, his nosey brother (Haim) gets in the way. Pushed by a couple of teenage friends, the Frog Brothers (Feldman and Newlander) take it upon themselves to hunt down the vampires that they suspect of a few mysterious murders and restore peace and calm to their town.

The Lost Boys is arguably one of the best vampire movies, and quickly obtained cult status. The 1980s classic changed the vampire genre, while maintaining many of the vampire legends (sunlight, garlic, stakes to the heart), the film made vampires cool and attempted to get away from the dusty sleeps in a coffin, stereotype that plagued vampire films for decades. Not only were the vampires in a motorcycle gang, they could fly without turning into bats and slept upside down from their clawed feet. While being sexy without the previous baggage of the suave gentlemen vampire, the Lost Boys vampires were vicious killers, their feeding violent and blood soaked. The film marked a turning point in vampire cinema, breaking ground for many new vampire movies to come. Of a few disappointments with the film, the writers fell back on a stuffy old man as the head vampire, and in the end the vampires did not receive fair treatment.

After many years of speculation, two sequels were released, though direct-to-video, the movies continued and concluded the Californian vampire saga with Lost Boys 2: The Tribe and Lost Boys 3: The Thirst.

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