31 Horror Films #29: The Lost Boys 1987 Dir. Joel Schumacher

Last year I did a series of daily micro blogs going through the history of horror films by year. This was meant to give people an example of the high points of the genre. This year I'll be doing the same thing, but going off the beaten path to provide some films you may not have heard of. These films may not be up your alley, but they're all interesting.

The Lost Boys 1987 Dir. Joel Schumacher

I saw this movie when I was very young, and it has left a mark on my brain that i carry with me even know. Up until this point, most of my exposure to vampires has been of the old school Bela Legosi variety. But The Lost Boys threw off the remnants of Dracula's stuffy Victorian past, replacing lace cravats with studded leather, and horse drawn carriages with motorcycles. However, even with all of the modern sex appeal, these vampires were still monsters, feeding on the blood of the living in viscus and violent scenes. The realization of Michael, as he learns what he's becoming, is both horrifying and tragic. For me, though, the real stars of the film are The Frog Brothers (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander), two kids putting on their best Stalone snarl, and learning all they need to know about the undead from horror comics. The climax of this film is one of the best in horror cinema. It's the perfect combination of humor, horror and action. This movie is a classic, you almost forget that the director is responsible for Batman and Robin.

Watch the trailer HERE