Lost Boys turns 25: Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire
Can we get a little honest here: Was there EVER a vampire movie as cool as The Lost Boys? Sure, Love at First Bite was funnier. And Fright Night was campier. But you're missing the point. Cool is something totally different and practically undefinable. And today, our beloved Lost Boys officially turned 25 years old. (July 31, 1987? We miss you!)
Rotten Tomatoes, in their list of best vampire movies, ranks The Lost Boys as the 14th best movie, saying "Flawed but eminently watchable, Joel Schumacher's teen vampire thriller blends horror, humor, and plenty of visual style with standout performances from a cast full of young 1980s stars."
Flawed but watchable. Well, yeah! That's all of us! That's WHY it's so great. My pal Jen Chaney at the Washington Post knows what I'm talking about, that's why she has penned an epic homage to The Lost Boys, giving us 25 reasons to still love it today. I won't blow the whole list, which you can read here, but here are my five favorite points in her article:
1. NANOOK: "Corey Haim’s Alaskan Malamute was loyal, protective and willing to lunge after a vampire’s neck when need be. Also, look how cute."
2. BILL S. PRESTON, ESQUIRE: "Before he became one half of Bill & Ted, Alex Winter was Marko the vampire."
3. THOMAS NEWMAN SCORE: "The man who would later compose the music for The Shawshank Redemption, Six Feet Under and The Help also created the score for the greatest vampire movie of the 1980s."
4. CRY LITTLE SISTER: "How many nights did we all spend listening to the intense Lost Boys theme song by Gerard McCann, then rewinding our Lost Boys soundtrack and listing to it again so we could brood longer in our adolescent way that only we , in our distinctly unique pain, could understand?"
5. THE COREYS: "The magical combination of Haim and Feldman — the very notion of the Coreys as we know them — was born in The Lost Boys."