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  • Summary: Strange events threaten an entire family when two brothers move with their divorced mother to a California town where the local teenage gang turns out to be a pack of vampires. (Warner Bros.)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. 100
    Corey Haim plus Corey Feldman plus Joel Schumacher doesn't seem like a foolproof formula for a good movie, but when the three oft-maligned figures united for 1987's horror-comedy The Lost Boys, the result was briskly entertaining.
  2. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    80
    The Lost Boys is to horror movies what ''Late Night With David Letterman'' is to television; it laughs at the form it embraces, adds a rock-and-roll soundtrack and, if you share its serious-satiric attitude, manages to be very funny.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    The Lost Boys is schlock, but it's juicy schlock. [31 Jul 1987, p.34]
  4. 63
    There's some good stuff in the movie, including a cast that's good right down the line and a willingness to have some fun with teenage culture in the Mass Murder Capital. But when everything is all over, there's nothing to leave the theater with - no real horrors, no real dread, no real imagination - just technique at the service of formula.
  5. Midway through The Lost Boys there's a brief scene that suggests the magic and power it could have had. This scene suggests a fable of seductive evil-but nothing in the movie is ever half as evocative again. It's more lost than the Boys: a glossy fiasco with most of the real blood sucked out of it.
  6. 50
    Schumacher's work in The Lost Boys consists of turning undertones into overtones--of taking the latent, the implied and the mysterious, and turning them into the loud and the obvious. He takes a story and turns it into a bunch of scenes, each of which contains its own payoff and none of which seems to draw on what has come before. And in these days of concept films, a story is a terrible thing to waste. [31 Jul 1987, p.D]
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    10
    The Lost Boys is a horrifically dreadful vampire teensploitation entry that daringly advances the theory that all those missing children pictured on garbage bags and milk cartons are actually the victims of bloodsucking bikers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Aug 11, 2013
    10
    Una historia de vampiros que dio, da y va a dar que hablar en muchos años. Terrorífica, con un reparto bien de los 80 y con un Kiefer Sutherland en un gran momento, es adictiva y se disfruta a cada momento. Expand
  2. Sep 19, 2010
    9
    You want young sexy vampires, for et about twilight, check out the vampire movie way ahead of it's time. This classic 80s cast does an amazing job capturing the feeling of this fictitious spooky beach town and portrays vampires in a way anyone of any age could enjoy. Expand
  3. Sep 26, 2011
    8
    Good vampire story, it has some things that make it a little infantile, but is good, the performances are ok but the thing that is simply the best are the soundtrack by Gerard McMann Expand
  4. Jun 21, 2012
    8
    This is the best vampire movie I've ever seen. It's an 80's movie with teenagers as protagonists who rid "Santa Carla" of its vampire. This film is legendary, just ignore the existence of it's sequels, as they are nothing good compared to this. Expand

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