The Lost Boys

Vampires as Southern California teen-age bikers is the theme of this entry in the late-eighties vampire genre. A great soundtrack, sincere performances, a hip screenplay and slick direction moves this story along at a winged pace. Kiefer Sutherland's first big screen role is a juicy one as the bike-gang leader vampire David, who uses human-turned-vampire beauty Star (Jami Gertz) to lure Michael (a young Jason Patric) to their beachfront cave lair and to trick Michael into drinking from a wine bottle full of David's blood. As Michael begins a gradual transformation into a creature of the night, his brother Sammy (Corey Haim) realizes what is going on and enlists the aid of Edgar and Alan Frog (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander), the hilarious and "fearless" duo of teenage vampire hunters who run the Santa Carla boardwalk comic book store for their zoned-out hippie parents. The Frog brothers and Sammy sneak into the lair during daylight, stake vampire Marco (Alex Winter, Bill from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure), rescue Star and child vampire Laddie (Chance Michael Corbitt) and retreat to Mike and David's grandfather's house to await an attack that evening. The vampires invade the house. Sammy's dog Nanook pushes one vampire into a bathtub full of holy water and garlic while Sammy impales another to his stereo with an arrow through the heart. Both vampires explode gruesomely. David and Michael have a flying battle in the living room and Michael impales David on a pair of wildebeest antlers in Grandpa's workshop. When Sammy and David's mom Lucy (Dianne Wiest) return home with video storeowner Max (Edward Herrmann), we learn that Max is actually the head vampire. When Michael invited Max into the house for a dinner date with Lucy earlier in the film, they lost all power to detect his true identity. Max wanted David to turn both Sammy and Michael into vampires so Lucy would be his consort. Just as Max is going to bite Lucy, Grandpa (Barnard Hughes) drives his jeep that is covered with sharpened fence posts through the living room patio doors. One of the fence post skewers Max, destroying him and restoring Michael, Star and Laddie to humanity. Grandpa goes to the fridge, takes out a root beer and says to his stunned family, "One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, all the damned vampires."
Thanks, Evil Ed!