The late 1980s had plenty of teen angst on the big screen, including this unique combination in the movie The Lost Boys.
Directed by Joel Schumacher, the film starred Jason Patric as Michael and Corey Haim as Sam, teen brothers who have moved to small town California with their Mum, to live with their Grandfather.
Noticing the numerous missing person posters on the Boardwalk, Michael is attracted to Star (Jamie Gertz) who has a enigmatic boyfriend David (Kiefer Sutherland). Meanwhile Sam becomes pals with Edgar and Allen (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander) two brothers who are self-professed vampire hunters.
Michael gets initiated by David and then attacks Sam for his blood, and Sam and his pals realize that Michael is a half-vampire and can be saved if they kill the head vampire.
First suspecting their Mother’s new boyfriend Max, the boys soon realize that Star is also a half-vampire and that they need to kill David to end the quest of the vampires in this small town.
Marketed with the tagline “Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.” the film was an instant lure for teen viewers when released in July 1987.
Earning US $32 million (with a budget of $8.5 million) at the box office, the Warner Bros. film even received some ok reviews from film critics saying that it wasn’t just stylish but had some substance.
The soundtrack included some unique covers and duos, including INXS with Jimmy Barnes, Lou Gramm, Roger Daltrey covering Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Echo and the Bunnymen covering People are Strange and Tim Capello covering I Still Believe.
The film continued to earn as a VHS release for the studio and chosen as a distinctive 1980s teen film.