The Lost Boys: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Joel Schumacher (director) a jpoc movie review

Average adolescent horror

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Five out of ten.

I picked this up from the budget bin in the duty free at Heathrow one weekend. Worth one viewing but no more.

My review

In a movie such as this, plot is almost an optional extra. More important is slick production, editing which keeps the pace up, special effects, humour and a closing scene in which the monsters are slain and the girl is rescued with an appropriate mix of blood and visual jokes. We get all of these here in a film which really knows what it is setting out to do.

For what it's worth, the plot has two brothers moving into Santa Carla on the California coast. They rapidly discover that the local biker gang are vampires and they set out to destroy them. On the way, they encounter the pretty girl and the freelance vampire slayers who are working undercover in a comic shop. They suspect that their mother's new boyfriend is the chief vampire but he seems impervious to garlic so what to try next?

The one thing that seems to be odd about this film is that it was released with an R certificate (it got a 15 in the UK) despite the fact that this cuts right into the target audience.

If you liked this film and wonder what an adult version would look like if scripted by Tarantino then check out "From Dust Till Dawn" because that's exactly what it is.