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Lost Boys

Theatrical poster
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Produced by Harvey Bernhard
Richard Donner
Written by Janice Fischer
James Jeremias (story and screenplay)
Jeffrey Boam (screenplay only)
Starring Jason Patric
Kiefer Sutherland
Corey Haim
Corey Feldman
Jami Gertz
Edward Herrmann
Barnard Hughes
Dianne Wiest
Music by Thomas Newman
Cinematography Michael Chapman
Editing by Robert Brown
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) July 31, 1987
Running time 93 minutes
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Followed by Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008)
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Lost Boys is a 1987 American comedy-horror film about two young Arizonans who move to California and end up fighting a gang of teenage vampires. Image File history File links Question_book-new. ... Lost Boys is a 1992 novel and short story by Orson Scott Card set in the 1980s. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 399 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (503 × 755 pixel, file size: 67 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Lost Boys, its names, places and all characters are copyright © to Warner Brothers. ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939 in New York, New York, USA) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... Producer of the The Omen. ... Richard Donner (born Richard Donald Schwartzberg on April 24, 1930) is an American film director and also producer through the production company, The Donners Company, he and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler-Donner, own. ... Jeffrey Boam (November 30, 1949 – January 24, 2000) was an American screenwriter and producer. ... Roger Ebert, Peter OToole, and Jason Patric at the 2004 Savannah Film Festival. ... Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning British actor, well known for his lead role of Jack Bauer on the television series 24. ... Corey Ian Haim (born December 23, 1971) is a Canadian actor, known for a 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol. ... Corey Scott Feldman (born July 16, 1971) is an American film and television actor. ... Jami Gertz (born October 28, 1965) is an American actress. ... Edward Herrmann (born July 21, 1943) is an American television and film actor. ... Barnard Hughes (July 16, 1915 – July 11, 2006), born Bernard Aloysius Kiernan Hughes[1], was an American character actor of theater and film. ... Dianne Wiest (born March 28, 1948) is a double Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe Award-winning, Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated American actress. ... Thomas Montgomery Newman (born October 20, 1955 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film score composer. ... Michael Chapman (b. ... Robert Brown can refer to: Sir Robert Brown, 1st Baronet, of Westminster (died 1760), British Member of Parliament Robert (Bob) Brown (born 1944), Australian Greens senator Robert Brown (Australian Labor politician), Australian politician from 1978 to 1998 Robert Brown (Australian Shooters Party politician), Australian politician since 2006 Robert Brown (English... “WB” redirects here. ... is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 1987. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... This article is about the U.S state. ... Philip Burne-Jones, The Vampire, 1897 Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings that subsist on human and/or animal lifeforce. ...


The film stars Jason Patric, Corey Haim, and Kiefer Sutherland, and co-stars Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, and Barnard Hughes. It was directed by Joel Schumacher. Roger Ebert, Peter OToole, and Jason Patric at the 2004 Savannah Film Festival. ... Corey Ian Haim (born December 23, 1971) is a Canadian actor, known for a 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol. ... Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning British actor, well known for his lead role of Jack Bauer on the television series 24. ... Jami Gertz (born October 28, 1965) is an American actress. ... Corey Scott Feldman (born July 16, 1971) is an American film and television actor. ... Dianne Wiest (born March 28, 1948) is a double Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe Award-winning, Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated American actress. ... Edward Herrmann (born July 21, 1943) is an American television and film actor. ... Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves in Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure, 1989 Alex Winter (born July 17, 1965) is an actor, director, and film writer, English-born but raised in Montclair, New Jersey, USA. Born in London, England, Alex Winter trained as a dancer as a child, that being the... Jamison Newlander was born on April 2, 1970 in Los Angeles, California. ... Barnard Hughes (July 16, 1915 – July 11, 2006), born Bernard Aloysius Kiernan Hughes[1], was an American character actor of theater and film. ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939 in New York, New York, USA) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ...


The title is a reference to the Lost Boys in J. M. Barrie's stories about Peter Pan and Neverland. The Lost Boys and Peter, after building a house for Wendy Peter Pans Lost Boys are characters in J. M. Barries play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldnt Grow Up and subsequent adaptations and extensions to the story. ... Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937), more commonly known as J. M. Barrie, was a Scottish novelist and dramatist. ... This article is about the character Peter Pan. ... For other uses, see Neverland (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Plot

Divorced mother Lucy Emerson and her two teenage sons Michael and Sam move from Phoenix to live with Lucy's father in Santa Carla, a coastal California town plagued with gang activity and unexplained disappearances. Nickname: Valley of the Sun Official website: http://www. ...


At a boardwalk concert, Michael is fascinated by a beautiful young woman. After following her along the boardwalk, he sees her getting on a motorcycle with David, the leader of the local gang. The following night he finds the young woman again and learns her name is Star. As they are about to leave together on Michael's motorcycle, David reappears and provokes Michael into following him and his cadre. They drive to some sea-cliffs where Michael is almost baited into going over the edge. Michael slugs David, who merely sees potential in Michael and invites him to the gang's lair, an old dilapidated hotel.


At the hotel, the gang leads Michael through an unsettling initiation involving Chinese takeout. At the end, an annoyed Michael takes a swig from a bottle which contains a dark unknown liquid (which turns out to be vampire blood). The gang then takes Michael out to where some railroad tracks cross a foggy gorge; one by one the group jumps off the tracks and out of sight. Michael realizes they are hanging from exposed reinforcement bars. They talk him into joining them under the tracks. As the train roars overhead, the reinforcement bar shakes and one by one the members of the gang fall into the foggy gorge, but they do not die; Michael can hear them goading him to fall. Unable to lift himself up, or hold on any longer, Michael falls in as well. American Chinese cuisine refers to the style of food served by Chinese restaurants in the United States. ...


Michael wakes up in his bed still in the clothes he wore the night before. It's mid-day and he has no clue how he got there. He soon starts showing the symptoms of vampirism: he sleeps all day, he becomes sensitive to sunlight, and his reflection is transparent. Michael returns to the gang, and they reveal that they are indeed vampires and are murdering a group of teenagers at a bonfire party. David explains that Michael must feed in order to survive, but Michael refuses to kill and leaves.


With the help of Star, Sam, and two relatively inept teenage vampire hunters named Edgar and Alan Frog, Michael sets out to break his curse by killing the "head vampire". This proves difficult, as it is not immediately evident who this is. Sam and the Frog Brothers (who are young teenagers that have a business of hunting vampires) suspect Lucy's new boyfriend Max, but their tests during his visit to their house all indicate he is human.


The teens determine that David must be the head vampire. After unsuccessfully trying to kill him in their lair, they prepare for a retaliatory attack. That night, the vampires invade the Emerson home. With the help of Sam's dog, Nanook, the defenders pick off the gang-members one by one, ending with Michael impaling David on some deer antlers in his grandfather's taxidermy workshop. However, Michael is still a vampire, and Max then reappears and reveals himself to be the head vampire after all; the tests hadn't worked because he had been freely invited into the house. As Max is about to bite Lucy's neck, her father crashes his jeep through the wall of the house; the vehicle's hood is piled up with large fence posts, and one of them impales Max, killing him. As the others stare in amazement, Grandpa casually gets a root beer from the refrigerator and remarks, "One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach... all the damn vampires." For the Poet Laureate of Milwaukee, see Antler (Poet). ... A mounted snow leopard. ... For other uses, see Jeep (disambiguation). ... A glass of root beer with foam Root beer is a beverage also known as Sasparilla outside of North America. ...


Cast

Keenan Wynn and John Carradine (a veteran of vampire films) were both original choices for Grandpa. Wynn died right before filming and Carradine was too ill.[citation needed] Roger Ebert, Peter OToole, and Jason Patric at the 2004 Savannah Film Festival. ... Corey Ian Haim (born December 23, 1971) is a Canadian actor, known for a 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol. ... Dianne Wiest (born March 28, 1948) is a double Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe Award-winning, Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated American actress. ... Barnard Hughes (July 16, 1915 – July 11, 2006), born Bernard Aloysius Kiernan Hughes[1], was an American character actor of theater and film. ... Edward Herrmann (born July 21, 1943) is an American television and film actor. ... Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning British actor, well known for his lead role of Jack Bauer on the television series 24. ... Jami Gertz (born October 28, 1965) is an American actress. ... Corey Scott Feldman (born July 16, 1971) is an American film and television actor. ... Jamison Newlander was born on April 2, 1970 in Los Angeles, California. ... Billy Wirth (born June 23, 1962) is an American actor, film producer, and artist, perhaps best-known for his role in the 1987 film, The Lost Boys. ... Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves in Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure, 1989 Alex Winter (born July 17, 1965) is an actor, director, and film writer, English-born but raised in Montclair, New Jersey, USA. Born in London, England, Alex Winter trained as a dancer as a child, that being the... Wynn in Warning Shot (1967) Keenan Wynn (July 27, 1916 – October 14, 1986) was an American character actor and member of a well-known show-business family. ... John Carradine (February 5, 1906 – November 27, 1988) was a Daytime Emmy Award-winning American actor, perhaps best known for his roles in horror films and Westerns. ...


Though almost all of Kelly Jo Minter's scenes are deleted from the film, and the only true appearance she makes is over Lucy's shoulder in the video store, she still received billing in the film's opening credits. Her scenes can be viewed in the 2004 Lost Boys DVD special features. Kelly Jo Minter is an African-American actress who has starred in many feature films. ...


Production

  • The original screenplay written by 'Janice Fischer', and James Jeremias was about a bunch of "Goonie-type 5th-6th grade kid vampires", with the Frog Brothers being "chubby 8-year-old Cub Scouts", and Star being a boy instead of a love interest. Joel Schumacher hated that idea and told the producers he would only sign on if he could change them to teenagers, as he thought it would be sexier and more interesting.
  • Executive producer Richard Donner originally intended to direct the movie himself, but as production languished, he moved on to Lethal Weapon (1987) - and eventually hired Joel Schumacher for the job.
  • The movie didn't originally end on a joke. After the scene with Grandpa at the refrigerator, it was supposed to cut to the surviving Lost Boys regrouping in the sunken hotel. The last shot was of a mural on the wall, made in the early 1900s, with Max in it - looking exactly the same as he did today. All of this appeared in an early draft of the script, but ultimately was never filmed.
  • Kiefer Sutherland was only meant to wear black gloves when riding the motorbike. However, while messing around on the bike behind-the-scenes he fell off, breaking his wrist, which forced him to wear the gloves through the whole movie to cover his cast.

Late evening at the Boardwalk The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an oceanfront amusement park in Santa Cruz, California. ... Brotherhood of Justice is a 1986 television movie starring Keanu Reeves and Kiefer Sutherland. ... For other uses, see Dirty Harry (disambiguation). ... Sudden Impact is a 1983 movie in the Dirty Harry series, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. ... Harold and Maude is a movie directed by Hal Ashby in 1971. ... Lethal Weapon is a 1987 action film, the first in a series of American movies that were released in 1987, 1989, 1992, and 1998, all directed by Richard Donner and starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of LAPD detectives. ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939 in New York, New York, USA) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ...

Box office and critical importance

The Lost Boys performed well at the U.S. box office, grossing over $32 million - a strong performance for an R-rated horror movie, especially at that time. DVD cover showing horror characters as depicted by Universal Studios. ...


It won a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film in 1987. The film was part of an 80s trend to make the vampire figures of the stories of old more applicable to audiences in the 1980s, one that included 1987's western-gothic Near Dark and the suburban Fright Night of 1985. The following are a list of Saturn Award winners for Best Horror Film: ... // May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... Near Dark (1987) is a vampire Western film, written by Eric Red and Kathryn Bigelow, and directed by Bigelow. ... Fright Night is a 1985 film starring Roddy McDowall, William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, and Stephen Geoffreys. ...


The Novella

As was the case for many of WB's films at the time, Craig Shaw Gardner was given a copy of the script and asked to write a short novel to accompany the film's release. It was released in paperback by Berkley Publishing and is 220 pages long. It includes several scenes later dropped from the film such as Michael working as a trash man for money to buy his leather jacket. It expands the roles of the opposing gang, the Surf Nazis, who were seen as nameless victims of the vampires in the film. It includes several tidbits of vampire lore, such as not being able to cross running water and salt sticking to their forms. It has become something of a collector's item among fans with prices ranging from $20 for a well-read and somewhat battered copy to well over a $150 for copies in good condition.[citation needed] Craig Shaw Gardner (b. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ...


The Sequel

'David' (Kiefer Sutherland) is impaled on a pair of antlers but doesn't disintegrate like the other vampires. Despite what Max later says, he is not really supposed to be dead. This was intended to be picked up in a sequel, The Lost Girls, which was scripted but never made.


Scripts for this and other sequels have been circulating since the late 1980s, and the original film's director, Joel Schumacher, made several attempts at one during the 1990s.


Finally, over 20 years after the release of the original film, Lost Boys: The Tribe, was greenlighted. It will be a direct-to-video release on July 29, 2008. Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander will reprise their roles as the Frog Brothers. After some reshoots, Corey Haim will reprise the role of Sam Emerson.


The sequel started shooting in Vancouver in June, 2007. Earlier that year Warner Bros. revealed it would produce a number of straight-to-video sequels for its existing library of franchise-friendly films, including the Lost Boys sequel.[1]


Music

Further information: Lost Boys (soundtrack)

Thomas Newman wrote the film score to be an eerie blend of orchestra and organ arrangement while the music soundtrack contains a number of notable songs and several covers, including "Good Times", a duet between INXS and former Cold Chisel lead singer Jimmy Barnes which reached number 1 on the Australian charts in early 1987. This cover version of a 1960s Australian hit by the Easybeats was originally recorded to promote the Australian Made tour of Australia in early 1987, headlined by INXS and Barnes. Thomas Montgomery Newman (born October 20, 1955 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film score composer. ... Good Times was a single released in Australia in December 1986. ... INXS (pronounced In Excess) are an Australian rock group. ... Cold Chisel are a rock band from Adelaide, Australia. ... Jimmy Barnes is a popular Australian rock singer. ... The Easybeats were a rock and roll band from Australia. ...


Tim Capello's cover of The Call's "I Still Believe" was featured in the film as well as on the soundtrack. Tim Capello makes a small cameo appearance in the movie playing the song at the Santa Carla boardwalk, with his saxophone and trademark bodybuilder muscles on display. Tim Capello is a saxophonist whose work can be heard on the tracks We Dont Need Another Hero from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and I Still Believe from The Lost Boys. ... The Call is a San Francisco Bay Area-based rock band originally formed in Santa Cruz in 1980 by vocalist/guitarist Michael Been, Scott Musick, and Tom Ferrier. ...


The soundtrack also features a cover version of The Doors' song "People are Strange" by Echo & the Bunnymen. The song as it featured in the movie is an alternate, shortened version with a slightly different music arrangement. This version has not been released as of yet. The Doors were an influential American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles by vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger. ... For the album with the same name see People Are Strange (album) People Are Strange is a song by The Doors, released on their second album Strange Days. ... Echo & the Bunnymen are an English post-punk group, formed in Liverpool in 1978. ...


The theme song, "Cry Little Sister", was originally recorded by Gerard McMahon (under his pseudonym of Gerard McMann) for the soundtrack, and later re-released on his self-titled album "G Tom Mac" in 2000. Cry Little Sister is a rock song, known primarily for having been featured as the main theme music in the 1987 cult horror film The Lost Boys. ... Gerard McMahon, also known as G TOM MAC, was born in Birmingham, England. ... For the Northern Irish footballer, see Gerry McMahon. ...


Songs Not On Soundtrack

  • Walk This Way - Run-D.M.C.
  • Ain't Got No Home - Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
  • Groovin' - The Rascals
  • Some Other Day
  • Crazy Old Soldier - Troy Seals

References in popular culture

The phrase "vamp-out" has gone on to be used elsewhere, including as slang on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Other Buffy connections include Kiefer Sutherland's father, Donald Sutherland, who played the role of Buffy's first Watcher, Merrick, in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer feature film, though the film was not canon to the TV series. For other uses, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Donald Sutherland, see Donald Sutherland (disambiguation). ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a 1992 comedy film about a Valley Girl cheerleader (Kristy Swanson) chosen by fate to fight and kill vampires. ...


Lost Boys has made its way into several video games. Notably in the Troika Games PC game, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. In it, a Malkavian's choice to solve a side quest is to use the Dementation discipline to make a food critic believe he is eating maggots. In another quest, a "thinblood" vampire believes that if his sire is killed, he will be "cured" of vampirism. The player character has the option of responding with the line, "You watch too many movies." This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines is a role-playing computer game played from the first-person shooter perspective and is developed by Troika Games using Valve Softwares Source engine. ... The Malkavians are a fictional clan of vampires from White Wolf Game Studios books, role-playing games Vampire: The Masquerade and, Vampire: The Dark Ages. ...


In a number of sitcoms, Haim and Feldman reference The Lost Boys. In National Lampoon's Last Resort when Haim tries crossing himself to ward off an attacker. Feldman interrupts, "Hey, cut that out. You already did that in The Lost Boys." And the show Big Wolf on Campus had Haim and Feldman appear in different episodes as themselves, but vampires, the story being that during the making of The Lost Boys, they actually became vampires. Big Wolf on Campus is a TV series created by Peter Knight and Christopher Briggs. ...


In the movie Reservoir Dogs Mr. Orange talks about how he was frustrated in his efforts to watch the movie. For the video game based on the film, see Reservoir Dogs (video game). ...


The song "Santa Carla Twilight" by psychobilly band Tiger Army is named after the town in The Lost Boys and makes references to vampirism. Tiger Army is an Alternative rock band that was formed in 1995 in Berkeley, California. ...


The movie inspired the eponymous song by Finnish rock band The 69 Eyes. The movie-adaptating video for the song was directed by Bam Margera. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Brandon Cole Bam Margera (born September 28, 1979 in West Chester, Pennsylvania) is a professional skateboarder, creator of the CKY skate/prank/stunt videos, and radio personality. ...


References

  1. ^ Moviehole.net - Dusk Till Dawn helmer does Lost Boys 2

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