->''"One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach. [[spoiler:All the damn vampires]]." ''

''The Lost Boys'' is a [[TheEighties 1987]] vampire movie with all the trimmings. A recently divorced mother and her two sons move to [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed Santa Carla]]. The older one, Michael, falls in with a gang of biker vampires; the younger, Sam, befriends a couple of [[GenreSavvy seemingly insane]] comic store assistants. Michael begins turning into a vampire and it is up to Sam, with the help of the Frog brothers, to save him.

Starring Jason Patric, Creator/CoreyHaim, Creator/KieferSutherland, Dianne Wiest, [[Film/BillAndTed Alex Winter]], and a few other people, including Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander as the Frog brothers. It was directed by Creator/JoelSchumacher.

Followed no less than ''twenty-one years'' later by a DirectToVideo sequel, ''Lost Boys: The Tribe''. Chris Emerson, a young disgraced former surfing pro, and his younger sister Nicole move to Luna Bay to live with their Aunt following the death of their parents. Nicole falls for the enigmatic Shane Powers, another former pro[=-=]surfer who "mysteriously vanished" from the circuit. Turns out, it was because he became a vampire. Shane turns Nicole into a vampire, and Chris sets out to save her. Oh, and he enlists the help of Edgar Frog.

Starring [[Series/TheOC Autumn Reeser]], Tad Hilgenbrink, Angus Sutherland and Corey Feldman, with Corey Haim returning as Sam Emerson in a mid[=-=]credits cameo and two alternate endings, and Jamison Newlander returning as a now ''vampiric'' Alan Frog in the alternate endings.

A second [=Direct-to-Video=] sequel, ''Lost Boys: The Thirst'' was released in 2010. [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Vampire-romance novelist]] Gwen needs Edgar Frog to find her brother who has gone missing after getting sucked into a series of underground raves, called 'X Parties' held by an enigmatic spinner named DJ X. In a last, frantic message he mentioned being given a new party drug known as The Thirst, which Edgar identifies as really being vampire blood. With the next 'X Party' only days away, Edgar is faced with the threat of an army of vampires, unless he stops DJ X and saves Peter. But, DJ X isn't ''just'' a vampire, he's the ''Alpha Vampire'', the ultimate head vampire and someone Edgar's going to need help to defeat, and Edgar hopes to recruit his reclusive brother who's dealing with his own dark past.

Starring Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander as the Frog Brothers, and Tanit Phoenix.

There is also a four issue comic book series, ''Lost Boys: Reign of Frogs''. Published by Wildstorm, the series is set between the first two films and explains why Edgar is working alone by the time ''The Tribe'' starts, how Shane became a vampire as well as the fate of several other characters from the films, some of whom are never mentioned in ''The Tribe''. There is also a TV series in the works at Creator/TheCW for the 2018 season. Helmed by [[Series/VeronicaMars Rob]] [[Series/{{iZombie}} Thomas]], it will be an anthology series with each season set during a different decade.
!!These films contain examples of:


[[folder: The Lost Boys]]
* EightiesHair: Especially on the guys.
* AdultFear: Your child goes missing and becomes a monster.
* AdultsAreUseless:
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Sam and Michael's mom doesn't believe there are vampires; she believes the more rational explanation that her sons are having trouble coping with the idea of her dating again. Ironically her current boyfriend [[spoiler: turns out to be head vampire and it nearly gets her bitten.]] Also, subverted at the end, [[spoiler: Grandpa returns just in time to kill the last vampire in the house and point out that he knew all along that there were loads of vamps around.]]
* AnAesop: PeerPressureMakesYouEvil. Don't give in.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Max]]. To some degree, David and his crew as well.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Subverted with David and Star, since she and Michael start taking an interest in each other. The trope is also deconstructed in that even though we don't know how Star came to be involved with David, she doesn't seem to be enjoying the life of a vampire very much since [[spoiler: she refuses to kill, even when David intentionally set her up with Michael so that he could be her first kill, but the two end up having sex instead.]]
* AmbiguouslyGay:
** Sam . . . just Sam. His poster of Rob Lowe shirtless (Though he also has one of ''Reform School Girls''), his fixation on an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhkUp1IeF_0 oily muscly saxophone player]], and his crooning of the girl verse from ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfXKGZo7RbE I Ain't Got a Man]]'' while taking a bubble bath.
** Also some of his disconcertingly rainbow themed wardrobe choices, although that may just be a side effect of it being TheEighties. The Frog brothers comment on him being a "fashion victim". Note, WordOfGod explains this on the commentary: the Rob Lowe and Molly Ringwald posters in Sam's room were intended as a ShoutOut to the John Hughes teen movies of the time, and Schumacher directed Film/StElmosFire.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: Michael becomes a vampire by the end of the movie.
* AngryGuardDog: Thorn is a lovable pooch who doesn't like vampires.
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler: Max. He may be the BigBad, but from an objective viewpoint he's just a lonely widower who wants a wife and mother for his boys.]]
* BadassGrandpa: Perhaps the definitive example in cinema.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: It's been played straight and subverted in the original film. Out of all of the vampires, Star is the only one who never puts on her GameFace, and she is a good character. However, Michael and Laddie have shown their vampire faces, but they're not bad either.
* BigBad: David is the leader of the Lost Boys [[spoiler: but answers to Max.]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Michael naturally has this toward Sam. Star also exhibits the big sister instinct toward Laddie, a young boy that the vampire gang kidnapped and intended to turn into a vampire.
* BreakingAndBloodsucking: Sam is hauling one of the creepy taxidermy animals into the closet. When he turns around, half-vampire Michael has come in the room by the second story window. After some arguing between the brothers, Star arrives, first yelling up to them from the ground, then suddenly floating by the window.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Grandpa with his CoolCar]] saves the day in the end.
* CarFu: With Grandpa's CoolCar, no less!
* ChekhovsGun: We see Grandpa working on the fence earlier, and the Jeep is filled with the fence posts when he goes on his date.
* CloudCuckoolander: Grandpa. Also, Edgar and Allen have shades of this, along with being ProperlyParanoid.
* TheComicallySerious: In ''Lost Boys,'' Edgar and Allan are about as cheerful as their [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe namesake]], and take themselves as seriously as CIA agents, yet they are some of the nerdiest teenage comic store employees you'll ever see.
* CoolCar: Say what you will about him, Grandpa has one sweet ride.
* CreepyChild: Laddie is the cutest kid you've ever seen... until he vamps out.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Michael and Sam's grandfather was perceived as just another senile old guy, until the end where [[spoiler: it was revealed that he knew Santa Clara was infested with vampires all along.]]
* DawsonCasting: Ah, the antics those mid-twenties teenage vampires get up to. The Frog brothers are also three years younger than their actors.
* DeusExMachina:
** Grandpa crashing through the wall in his jeep with perfect timing [[spoiler:because he knew about vampires the whole time]]... okay. Said jeep happening to be piled high with [[ChekhovsGun a bunch of pointed fence posts]]... fine. But [[spoiler: one those fence posts ''just happening'' to go right through the heart of the vampire, thereby killing him right before he bites Lucy]]... that's a bit much.
** Considering how [[spoiler: David's death-by-antelope-horns didn't appear to pierce the heart at all, and may have involved animal horn rather than wood]], it's possible that impalement of any sort suffices for this film's vampires. Which would also make [[spoiler: Sam's fatal arrow shot on Dwayne]] more plausible.
** Michael ''does'' [[spoiler:shove Max into the path of the posts as they fly forward, as well.]]
* DistractedByTheSexy: Michael promises Sam he'll find answers to his new vampire problem, and sneaks out to go get answers from Star, but winds up just having sex with her instead. He comes back the next morning as solution-less as he left, leading Sam to have to contact the Frog Brothers for help.
* DramaticLandfallShot: How Michael is initiated into David's gang after drinking his blood.
* TheDragon: [[spoiler: David is actually this to Max.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: David ''really'' wants Michael to understand how awesome it would be to become a vampire, and [[spoiler:Max]] ''really'' wants [[spoiler:Lucy]] to understand how great it would be to be "part of the family." Neither can understand why they would have a problem with that little "soulless blood-sucking monster of the night" detail.
* EvilDetectingDog: Nanook can sense something is wrong with Michael.
* {{Expy}}: Santa Carla is pretty obviously expy of Santa Cruz. It's even filmed on-location!
* EyeColorChange: Vampires' eyes go from their natural colour to red when they transform into 'vampire mode'.
* FanService: The titular "lost boys" are very easy on the eyes. Also both Corey Haim ''and'' Corey Feldman in one movie!
* FaceOnAMilkCarton: Laddie is prominently featured on one.
* FinalSolution: [[spoiler:Kill the Alpha Vampire, ''all'' vampires return to normal. At least, all the new guys who never killed anyone yet]].
* {{Flight}}: One of the vampires' abilities.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Its very subtle but Grandpa shutting his office door when sees [[spoiler:Max]] having entered the house. [[RewatchBonus Re-watching]] knowing [[spoiler:the [[RetiredBadass old guy]] who ''knew'' about "all the damn vampires" keeps out of sight from the head vampire, sneaks out, lays a bunch of wooden stakes on the hood of his truck, then ''drives the truck through the wall of his house at top speed.'' That's how they did it in ''his'' day, whipper-snappers.]]
** There's also the dialogue of the character who entered when he confuses the superstition of seeing the bride before the marriage with seeing the food before the meal.
* GlamorousSingleMother: Averted to Hell and back with Lucy. While very kind, loving, and optimistic, the movie doesn't gloss over how hard it is being a recently divorced mother of two teenage boys, (for starters, she has to move back in with her father), or how difficult it is for her to juggle raising them, finding a job, working said job, and having a social life all at once.
* HellHotel: The Lost Boy's base of operations is the remains of an underground hotel buried during an earthquake.
* HeroicDog: Nanook the husky, who did a ''lot'' more than "help a little."
* HeroicWillpower: Michael uses this at the last minute to defeat David.
* IAteWhat: The way Michael's turned into a half-vampire is by being tricked into drinking blood, being told it's wine.
** Also when Michael is eating rice with the vampires, David (Kiefer Sutherland) says to him, "Maggots, Michael. You're eating maggots. How do they taste?" Upon which Michael suddenly notices (or has been [[JediMindTrick fooled into thinking]]) that his meal is a writhing mass of maggots; he reacts appropriately.
* IHateYouVampireDad: Michael ''and'' Star's opinion of David.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: David's death.]]
** [[spoiler: Max. A fence post destroys most of his torso and he's flung backward several feet.]]
* InsaneTrollLogic: Grandpa's attitude towards television definitely falls into this category.
--> '''Sam:''' Wait, wait. You ''have'' a TV?
--> '''Grandpa:''' No. I just like to read the TV Guide. Read the TV Guide, you don't need a TV.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: David and his gang certainly think so. It's their main sales pitch to Michael.
* MakeOutPoint: Favorite hunting grounds for the vampires.
* MusicVideoSyndrome : Music and surreal images overlap in a number of scenes. WordOfGod on the commentary notes that this type of storytelling would not have been possible without music videos.
* NaiveEverygirl: Star; at least as much as she can in an R-rated movie.
* NobleBigotWithABadge: While not a cop, Edgar and Alan hates all vampires, not just the bad ones. However, they are willing to help half vampires get their humanity back.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Grandpa pretends to be an eccentric old man (and is to a certain extent) [[spoiler: but he's also a fairly skilled vampire hunter.]]
* OnceAnEpisode: A vampire recites some version of the quote at the top of the page in the sequels.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Along with ''Film/NearDark'', this movie rewrote the book on vampires, in the same way ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'' and ''Film/TheHowling''(also both in the same year) rewrote the book on werewolves.
* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: Evil AND a vampire.
* PosterGalleryBedroom: Sam's bedroom, to be precise.
* PushoverParents: Being an ex-Hippie NiceGirl who wants to be friends with her two teenage sons works about as well for Lucy as you'd expect, although she does start to put her foot down later in the movie.
-->'''Max:''' I tell ya, boys like Sam need discipline. Otherwise they walk all over you.\\
'''Lucy:''' Oh, [[BlatantLies he doesn't walk all over me.]]
* RewatchBonus: Many ''Lost Boys'' scenes take on a new meaning after [[spoiler:Max is revealed to be the head vampire]].
* TheSavageSouth: Santa Carla, California: Murder Capital of the World.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers: David and his friends ''revel'' in this mentality. It's pretty hard for security guards and other authoritative figures [[spoiler:except [[BigBad Max]]]] to keep from from going wherever they want or doing whatever they want, since those people tend to go "missing" afterwards.
* SequelHook: Averted in both the original film [[spoiler:with David's skeleton]],and ''The Tribe'' with the two unused alternate endings. See WhatCouldHaveBeen for more detail.
* SenselessPhagia:
** The wine is blood but Michael can't tell the difference.
** Michael eats maggots, because he was told they were rice. Although it's unclear from the footage ''which'' contents of the carton, maggots or rice, were genuine. And it'd probably be easier for the vampire gang to swipe (or even pay for!) some genuine Chinese takeout than to gather a bunch of maggots and earthworms.
* SexEqualsLove: Michael and Star really didn't share that many lines with each other before they [[spoiler: ended up having sex halfway through the film.]]
* SexyDiscretionShot: David and Star's first time.
* ShirtlessScene: When Tim Cappello sings ''I Still Believe''.
* ShoutOut: Edgar and Allen Frog. You're either young, poorly read, or English is not your first language to [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe figure that one out.]]
** "Holy shit! It's the attack of [[Series/TheMunsters Eddie Munster]]!"
** When [[spoiler:Max]] reveals his plan, Edgar responds by describing it as "[[Series/TheBradyBunch The Bloodsucking Brady Bunch]]"
** There's an Echo and the Bunnymen poster in Sam's bedroom (they sung The Doors' song "People Are Strange" in the opening montage).
** The whole movie, down to the title, is a subtle ShoutOut to PeterPan, with vampiric immortality being equated to Neverland and David/Peter recruiting new 'lost boys' while Star, like Wendy, chooses to reject the life. [[spoiler: Max]] also claims that he wants [[spoiler: Lucy]] to be a mother to his boys, much like Wendy was a mother to the lost boys.
* TakeMeInstead: At the end of ''The Lost Boys'', [[spoiler: Lucy is willing to let Max bite her in order to spare Michael and Sam. Grandpa saves her from this fate at the last second by crashing his jeep into the house.]]
* TaxidermyTerror: Sam wakes up to discover that his grandfather has left a stuffed woodchuck in his room to "brighten up the place". It freaks him out to the point that he tossed a shirt over it. The shirt is still covering the woodchuck at the end of the movie, indicating that Sam found it more disturbing than the vampires he just had to fight.
* TrashcanBonfire: several of these are scattered throughout the HellHotel.
* TownWithADarkSecret: Santa Carla: Blue skies, lovely beaches, theme park on a board walk, active night life, great music culture, and swarming with murderous vampires.
* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill: How David and his buddies lay waste to a group of Punk rockers/skinheads having a beach bonfire party.
* UndeadChild: Laddie looks to be about eleven years old.
* VampireMonarch: According to legend, if you kill a "head vampire", all the "half - vampires" turned by vampires under his command are restored to human form. [[spoiler: This fails when the protagonists kill David - because Max is the head vampire.]]
* VampireRefugee: Star, Laddie, and Michael.
* WeCanRuleTogether: We can ''parent'' together, anyway. [[spoiler: Max believes his boys need discipline and that Lucy can provide it to them. His genuine and heartfelt ([[AnOfferYouCantRefuse albeit not-really-negotiable]]) offer is to make her his vampire bride so they can lead his vampire "family" as father and mother.]]


[[folder: The Comics]]
* AllThereInTheManual: The comic series, ''Lost Boys: The Reign of Frogs'' is this in spades, clearing up several loose ends from the first film, and revealing some of the the back story to ''The Tribe''. Some of the ideas in the comic (Such as [[spoiler:Alan becoming a half-vampire, and someone drinking animal blood to avoid becoming a full vampire]]) are also used in ''The Thirst''
** Sam's Grandpa [[spoiler:is really a half-vampire, and only feeds on animals to stay that way. The reason he didn't return to normal at the end of the film like Michael, Star and Laddie is because the Widow Johnson (a never seen character in the first movie) sired him, not Max]].
** Michael and Star [[spoiler:are dead, having died in a car crash. Whilst never explicitly stated in the film or comics, it is believed that this means that Chris and Nicole from ''The Tribe'' are their children, due to them also being called Emerson and that it's mentioned that their parents died in a car crash.]]
*** Possibly [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] in ''The Thirst'' - Some of Edgar and Alan's dialogue implies that [[spoiler:Michael and Star aren't dead.]]
** David sired Shane, back in 1987 and Shane created The Tribe because David had The Lost Boys.
** The reason Edgar works alone, is because when [[spoiler:he, Alan, Sam and Grandpa Emerson went after the Widow Johnson, the raid went badly. Grandpa was killed, and Alan was forced to drink vampire blood, thus becoming a half-vampire.]]
*** [[{{Retcon}} Retconned]] in ''The Thirst'' - [[spoiler:Alan and Edgar went after a half-vampire Senator, and in the chaos Alan was forced to drink blood. The Emersons weren't involved.]]

[[folder: The Tribe]]
* AdultsAreUseless: Subverted in ''The Tribe'', but only because Edgar Frog returns from the first film.
*** Played straighter by Chris and Nicole's aunt (she's unaware of the vampires, and just thinks that they're just taking advantage of not having their parents around by partying all night-- [[spoiler: even when she walks in on them at the very end, covered in blood, she assumes that they've just come back from a party and have gotten stoned]]) and the police (who are flat out afraid to deal with Shane's gang, ''despite'' being unaware they're vampires).
* BigBad: Shane Powers is the vampire behind it all.
* BigDamnHeroes: Edgar Frog shows up to save the day at one point.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: One of Shane's [[{{Mook}} mooks]] in ''The Tribe'' is [[spoiler:impaled on a ''working jackhammer'']].
* PoliceAreUseless: They're terrified of Shane's gang, for good reason.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Shane from ''The Tribe'' has more or less the same personality as David did in the original film and Shane's actor is Angus Sutherland, half-brother of Kiefer Sutherland, who played David.
* VampireRefugee: Nicole [[spoiler: and Chris.]]

[[folder: The Thirst]]
* BadBoss: [[spoiler: Peter Lieber kills Gwen for no real reason other than he seems to find her annoying.]]
* {{BFG}}: ''The Thirst''.
--> '''Edgar Frog:''' I'm going to need weapons. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Lots of. Really expensive. Custom made. Weapons.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Peter Lieber is the main villain.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Alan Frog shows up to be one]]
* CelebrityParadox:
** Around half an hour into ''The Thirst'', Edgar is thrown into a book case in a comic book store, and the contents of the shelves fall on top of him. As he gets up, a copy of the collected ''The Reign of Frogs'' is in-front of his face.
** Twenty minutes into ''The Thirst'' Chris and Nicole are discussing whether to [[spoiler:attend Shane's party]] until Aunt Jillian approaches, wielding a copy of ''Film/TheGoonies'' which features Corey Feldman.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler: DJ X.]]
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler:Essentially, the entire of ''The Thirst'' is revealed to be one. Peter trying to make Edgar his personal hitman]]
* {{Expy}}: Gwen Lieber from ''The Thirst'' is one for Creator/StephenieMeyer.
* FlatCharacter: The vampires this time around, [[spoiler: with the exception of Peter]], have no personality.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: ''The Thirst'' gives us lesbian vampires.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Invoked once again in ''The Thirst'', when [[spoiler:with DJ X's death]].
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Gwen Lieber was TheRenfield all along.]]
* MsFanservice: Gwen Lieber is certainly this, getting several underwear shots and very tight clothing.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: See the entry for SequelHook.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Averted in ''The Thirst'', as [[spoiler:it's been stated that the scenes that mention Sam's death were shot before Corey Haim's death in March 2010]].
* SenselessPhagia: The drug "The Thirst" from... ''The Thirst'' - It's part ecstasy and part vampire blood.
* SequelHook: Played straight in ''The Thirst'', as Edgar makes a comment about how he's recently read [[spoiler:that female werewolves can transform at any time, and the viewer sees Zoe's eyes become wolf-like]]
* ShoutOut: Receives a CallBack in ''The Thirst'' - "Holy shit! It's the attack of Grandpa Munster!"
** Amusingly, the vampires have a ''Munsters Go Home'' poster in their hideout.
* TakeThat: Gwen Lieber from ''The Thirst'' is a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed thinly veiled]] {{Expy}} of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' creator Stephenie Meyer. When Edgar says that he knows she's the author of a series of romantic novels about vampires which are now being adapted into films, Gwen states that she's flattered. Edgar responds by saying the books suck, and derides the fans of the books as "emo goth teens".
* TitleDrop: In ''The Thirst'', and immediately followed up with a DevelopmentGag - Johnny Trash refers to his audience as "Lost Boys and Girls".
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: [[spoiler:Alan Frog becomes a vampire in ''The Thirst''. Not like it was a twist, or anything...]]
* VampireRefugee: [[spoiler: Alan Frog is a vampire-vampire hunter.]]