Throughout the film’s entirety, we’re given shaky overhead shots of the pseudo-city “Santa Carla” – which is actually Santa Cruz, California – to emulate the perspective of vampires who leave their graves to consume the blood of the cities citizens. Vampires are like bats, dark creatures who sustain themselves off of the blood of birds using their sharp, hard and bony teeth. These vampires are The Lost Boys (1987), led by David (Kiefer Sutherland) who uses Santa Cruz as their safe haven sanctuary to prey upon the vulnerable at night. But, when two brothers, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move into town from Phoenix, Arizona, they unearth the cities darkness; Michael through his love interest, Star (Jami Gertz) and Sam through the infamous Frog brothers: Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander).
After the great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, a massive cave was created for these immortal beings, immune to the effects of aging, who began their expedition as blood-thirsty brutes, hibernating inside of a gigantic coffin. With the theme song “Cry Little Sister” by Gerard McMahon and Mike Maineri pounding on the soundtrack, David convinces Michael to drink blood, converting him to half-human/vampire.
Despite this film’s notoriety, or perhaps, because of it, The Lost Boys still remains to stay underground. It has a cult following, and no matter how high you value this film, it can still be undervalued. The relatively small portion of the masses who adore this film appreciate its imperfections. The editing transitions aren’t smooth, and almost feel abrupt in certain cases, which seem to compensate for masking certain flaws. But, it’s the constant point-of-view shots that give this film a spied-on effect. The sound effects constantly pierce through, and darkness juxtaposes with bright light, implying the grave state of a vampire who sleeps all day, and parties all night.
Sam takes over as the protagonist of the film at the commencement of the second act, and it becomes his journey with the Frog brothers to uncover the mystery that has overtaken Michael – he’s a vampire. These elements of the film aren’t depicted with blatant inauthenticity, but rather with pulse-pounding horror, gut-wrenching chuckles, and physically gyrating emotions that are supplemented by the film’s electronic rock music on the soundtrack. The Lost Boys redefined the vampire sub-genre of Horror in 1987 and became a quintessential ‘80s piece of cinema. It’s still incredibly amazing to note that despite the awareness of this film in cinema culture, The Lost Boys has garnered a cult-like following and remains ultra-cool because of its underground status as a Horror/Comedy.
There’s something bizarre about Santa Cruz, California. There’s an uneasy, unsettling energy in the air. Perhaps, it’s no surprise that writer/director Jordan Peele chose the city as his horrifying backdrop for Us (2019), when a family attempts a peaceful vacation to the beach only to be disrupted by terrorizing alter-ego doppelgangers who represent the dark side of humanity underground. I’ve been to Santa Cruz a handful of times in my life, and it’s incredibly strange how I remember always having an uncomfortable time. Maybe vampires do exist there; maybe evil Jinn’s do live underground. Come Halloween 2021, be sure to pop in this Bluray disc on a 4K TV, or stream it on your go-to device, because it’s the ultimate film for the Fall season. It’s erotic, bloody, stacked with an A-List ensemble cast, electronic rock & roll and vampire madness.
Sleep all day…party all night.