Man, this has to be a pretty simple post today. My brain is not working at full capacity like normal. The Octoberfest in my neighborhood was especially awesome. Lots of beer, polka shit and brats. The night went into full force and all I know is, it was a good break from all this Covid hysteria. It’s just good to be around other fun people singing songs and talking. One dude busted out a saxophone and everyone went absolutely insane. To be honest, I didn’t even know what I was drinking at one point which leads me to an interesting story. One I feel may be very important.
At one point in the night, I was sitting there in my fold out camping chair. My two sons were running around the grounds with their friends. Out of nowhere came four weird dudes who sat next to me. They were decked out in lederhosen, Alpine hats and all holding fully filled Munich beer boots. They offered me a drink from a special mug that resembled a minified alpine horn. As I guzzled this mysterious drink down they all yodeled like tortured poltergeists. I finished the drink and we got on our neighborhood golf carts and rode off into the night. They don’t move very fast and we live in Florida so there aren’t many cliffs, being that the state is just one giant sandy peninsula. But it was fucking intense and they soon accepted me into their club! We meat at the YMCA every Friday and play board games I guess.
I know something is wrong with me. Maybe I’ve mixed into the wrong crowd. My wife and kids say I’m changing. I keep speaking German and have this desire for order and punctuality. My gosh I’m losing control, everything in my house isn’t modern enough and none of the music is techno enough! I’m transforming into something dangerous… a child of the night just like Michael from The Lost Boys.
The Lost Boys is a 1987 vampire flick directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Jason Patrick, Jami Gertz and a young Jack Bauer. Originally meant to be a child fantasy story about Peter Pans lost boys, kind of like a Goonies style adventure film. But centering around the lost boys of Neverland. After some encouragement from writer Jeffrey Boam, Schumacher changed this intended G-rated movie and went with a teen vampire film. Which would explain why the movie is called “The Lost Boys.” I for one would have loved see this original movie! To think the man that brought us 1997’s Batman & Robin could have blessed us with another drinking game!
The Lost Boys
As two brothers move to the northern Californian town of Santa Clara. Life certainty can’t seem to get any weirder. With the town being the murder capital of the country and a grandpa that has a knack for taxidermy, Santa Clara is the worst place to be. But life for Mike and Sam is about to get weirder as Santa Clara is also host to a coven of blood sucking vampires!
The other day I was telling my wife how the Twilight movies were complete shit. Her response to me was “Well you like that Lost Boys movie! What’s the difference!” This was one of those moments where you’re left speechless. I don’t know if she was being serious but when I think of it, The Lost Boys is technically very similar to Twilight. The movie was a big shift in taking the scary Dracula style vampire flicks and making it a teen drama horror flick mixed in with a Rebel Without a Cause. Instead of a cape, our vampires were young teens that rode motorcycles. I know Fright Night sort of made the vampire in that film kind of cool, but he still has persona of a Dracula kind of vampire. What Schumacher did was make a Breakfast Club in horror mode. So yea, I guess it is similar to Twilight in that it took current teen culture and blended it into vampires. Which is sad because in The Lost Boys, the vampires are creepy looking and disgusting. What does it say about our culture today that the vampires in Twilight are glittering fools that cry too much?
But it’s different in that The Lost Boys is still a good old blood sucker movie full of great gore and scares. Not to mention a roided out saxophone player gyrating to an extremely self-centered song. The Lost Boys is just a cool movie and gives you a more interesting aspect to the vampire life. It’s cool how Michael joins up with the vampires by drinking their blood. If you were growing up in the 80’s then I guess this gang of dudes would be the ideal “cool kids” that everyone wants to hang out with. Plus they have this hot single mom that puts out hanging with them!
The movie has heart and at the time does something many movies only risked. They gave us this family that is what many consider “broken.” The mom just recently divorced and its so bad that she and her boys have to move in with a weird and horny grandpa. They don’t have jobs and it leaves Michael obviously struggling to find some acceptance. Sam finds friends through the Frog brothers. But Michael strays and it leads him into trouble when he ends up joining the vampire gang. What I love most is the sense of brotherhood in this film between Sam and Mike. As Mike starts changing into a vamp, the only person he can rely is his younger brother. It’s through their bond and love that the movie has a good deal of heart. Mix in some truly awesome death scenes and the movie is what I like to call a well made cake. Everything about it is fun and entertaining, and this is why I have chosen it for day eleven of Horror Movie Marathon 2020!