The Lost Boys

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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.)

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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. 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. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    75
    The Lost Boys is a horror movie that's funny without making fun of itself and scary without trying to make you sick. [31 Jul 1987, p.86]
  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. 60
    The film loses courage (or imagination) and hews to the Spielberg school of climactic denouement, so that teen farce and special effects take over. By the time the thing has played out, that subtle scare/laugh mix is a thing of the past and you feel as though you just walked out of "Breaking Away" or Goonies. Ah well.
  6. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    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. 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: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jan 12, 2015
    10
    The Lost boys is a fantastic film with great acting, some brilliant black comedy and a banging 80's soundtrack. It has real Spielberg-esqueThe Lost boys is a fantastic film with great acting, some brilliant black comedy and a banging 80's soundtrack. It has real Spielberg-esque feel about it as a group of teenagers take on a group of vampires in their seaside town. The action scenes are intense and at times brutal and the finale really delivers too as they take part in the final showdown. This was one of the most entertaining films from the 80's and doesn't seem too dated now. The cast is fantastic too. Watch out for Bill S Preston Esquire too as a vampire. He gives a most bodacious performance. Expand
  2. 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 KieferUna 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
  3. Jul 19, 2014
    10
    The Lost Boys has a good soundtrack, effects and acting from the cast mainly Sutherland and Patric. The
    movie is as great as Fright Night and
    The Lost Boys has a good soundtrack, effects and acting from the cast mainly Sutherland and Patric. The
    movie is as great as Fright Night and a Child's Play. The movie is similar to those because it is a
    horror comedy, A+.
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  4. 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 amazingYou 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
  5. 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 theGood 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
  6. 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. ThisThis 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
  7. Jul 25, 2014
    0
    OH C'MON SERIOUSLY?
    This movie is an I WANT AND I CAN'T. The worst vampire movie ever. I would never think im gonna say this but, comparing
    OH C'MON SERIOUSLY?
    This movie is an I WANT AND I CAN'T. The worst vampire movie ever. I would never think im gonna say this but, comparing to this **** Twilight deserves 5 Oscars.
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