Director: Joel Schumacher
I’ve seen The Lost Boys a couple of times now and as much as I wanted to really like it, I just couldn’t. It was obvious that it was never going to become my favourite movie of all time but I still feel like I’ve missed the reason it is a favourite for so many. It has cult status, I get that. It mixes comedy with horror, yeah I get that too. I love horrors and I love comedies, why can’t I love this?
That being said, it isn’t the worst film I have ever watched. I could watch it, I could enjoy some parts. But overall I just found it a bit boring.
The film centres around two brothers who have moved to California and end up fighting some teenage vampires. I guess the film wasn’t supposed to be taken seriously, but because of this it just feels a bit too cheesy. In a way it reminds me of the Scary Movie film franchise – more of a spoof than a defining film. I completely understand that we were never meant to be scared to death but the film is almost too comical. In fact the clothing scared me more. Oh, the lovely ’80s fashion, hey?
What pains me more is that the cast isn’t even a bad cast. In fact it’s a pretty good cast. I absolutely adored Alex Winter in both Bill & Ted films and I am excited about the thought of a third film coming (hopefully) some time soon. Corey Haim is so young and looks so sweet in The Lost Boys that I think he is my favourite character. In the defence of the cast, I think they play their parts as best as they can. I’m just not really a fan.
The plot just feels a little bit too loose and a little bit too forced. The special effects seem to suffocate the acting and the humour in some of the scenes, especially towards the end.
If the The Lost Boys was made a touch scarier then maybe I would enjoy it. I can see why Schumacher did what he did, but it wasn’t for me. I liked the humour, but the balance of this and the horror appears to be a bit off. I don’t know, maybe I’m just a sucker for a good, or bad, vampire.