"One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach. All the damn vampires."
The Lost Boys is a 1987 vampire movie with all the trimmings. A recently divorced mother and her two sons move to Santa CruzCarla. The older one, Michael, falls in with a gang of biker vampires; the younger, Sam, befriends a couple of 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, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Dianne Wiest, Alex Winter, and a few other people, including Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander as the Frog brothers. It was directed by Joel Schumacher.Followed no less than twenty-one years later by a Direct-to-Video 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 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. 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.
These films contain examples of:
Actor Allusion: Corey Feldman talking about reality shows being staged.
Adults Are Useless: 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 turns out to be head vampire and it nearly gets her bitten. Also, heavily subverted at the end, 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.
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— 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).
Affably Evil: Max. To some degree, David and his crew as well.
All Girls Want Bad Boys: 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 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.
All There in the Manual: 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 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 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 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 retconned in The Thirst - Some of Edgar and Alan's dialogue implies that 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 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.
Retconned in The Thirst - Alan and Edgar went after a half-vampire Senator, and in the chaos Alan was forced to drink blood. The Emersons weren't involved.
Also some of his disconcertingly rainbow themed wardrobe choices, although that may just be a side effect of it being The Eighties. The Frog brothers comment on him being a "fashion victim". Note, Word of God explains this on the commentary: the Rob Lowe and Molly Ringwald posters in Sam's room were intended as a Shout-Out to the John Hughes teen movies of the time, and Schumacher directed St. Elmo's Fire.
Beauty Equals Goodness: 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 Game Face, and she is a good character. However, Michael and Laddie have shown their vampire faces, but they're not bad either.
Big Bad: Max in the original, Shane Powers in The TribePeter Lieber in The Thirst
Big Brother/Sister Instinct: 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.
Breaking and Bloodsucking: 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.
Celebrity Paradox: 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 infront of his face.
The Cuckoolander Was Right: Michael and Sam's grandfather was perceived as just another senile old guy, until the end where it was revealed that he knew Santa Clara was infested with vampires all along.
Deus ex Machina: Grandpa crashing through the wall in his jeep with perfect timing... okay. Said jeep happening to be piled high with a bunch of pointed fence posts... fine. But 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 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 Sam's fatal arrow shot on Dwayne more plausible.
Michael doesshove Max into the path of the posts as they fly forward, as well.
I Ate What?: The way someone'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 fooled into thinking) that his meal is a writhing mass of maggots; he reacts appropriately.
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.
The drug "The Thirst" from... The Thirst - It's part ecstasy and part vampire blood.
Sequel Hook: Averted in both the original film with David's skeleton,and The Tribe with the two unused alternate endings. See What Could Have Been for more detail.
Played straight in The Thirst, as Edgar makes a comment about how he's recently read that female werewolves can transform at any time, and the viewer sees Zoe's eyes become wolflike
Sex Equals Love: Michael and Star really didn't share that many lines with each other before they ended up having sex halfway through the film.
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 Shout-Out to Peter Pan, with vampiric immortality being equated to Neverland and David/Peter recruiting new 'lost boys' while Star, like Wendy, chooses to reject the life. Max also claims that he wants Lucy to be a mother to his boys, much like Wendy was a mother to the lost boys.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: 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 Keither Sutherland, who played David.
Take Me Instead: At the end of The Lost Boys, 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.
Take That: Gwen Lieber from The Thirst is a thinly veiledExpy of 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".
Taxidermy Terror: 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.
Title Drop: In The Thirst, and immediately followed up with a Development Gag - Johnny Trash refers to his audience as "Lost Boys and Girls".
Trailers Always Spoil: Alan Frog becomes a vampire in The Thirst. Not like it was a twist, or anything...
Vampire Monarch: According to legend, if you kill a "head vampire", all the "half - vampires" turned by vampires under his command are restored to human form. This fails when the protagonists kill David - because Max is the head vampire.
What Could Have Been: Believe it or not, according to the director's commentary in the DVD Bonus Content, the original script for the first movie was written for a G-rated film with most of the main characters being children Laddie's age. The Frog Brothers were going to be somewhat chubby Boy Scouts, and Michael was apparently going to be about thirteen years old. Basically, it would've been a GrimmifiedPeter Pan, right down to David and Star's characters being named Peter and Wendy...
The reason David's skeleton didn't turn to dust at the end of the original film after being impaled on a pair of antlers is because he doesn't die. This would have been picked up in a sequel, called The Lost Girls. Scripts for the film circulated in the early 1990's, but the film was never made. However, the plot point would turn up in the comic book Lost Boys: The Reign of Frogs.
The two alternate endings to Lost Boys: The Tribe featured Sam Emerson arriving in Lunar Bay and warning Edgar that a head vampire was heading to Lunar Bay to settle an old score with him, before offering to help Edgar, since once Edgar died, he would be next. The vampire was revealed to be Alan, Edgar's brother. The two endings are largely the same, only in one ending, Sam is far more serious than in the other, since he'd already been bitten.
Corey Haim stated, after production started on Lost Boys: The Thirst, that he wasn't going to be involved in the film, but that he would return to the series in the fourth film. Unfortunately, Haim died in March 2010.
This was later confirmed by Feldman and Newlander.