YMMV / The Lost Boys

  • Better Than Canon: The scenario set-up in the alternate stingers to "The Tribe" - featuring Sam arriving in Lunar Bay to warn Edgar that a head vampire was heading there to settle an old score with the two of them; said vampire being Edgar's brother Alan - was considered a far more interesting prospect by fans than the Edgar vs. Vampire!Sam stinger that was used in the film.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The soundtrack is filled with unrestrained 80s-ness, then ends with this.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Peter from The Thirst is known publicly as the brother of vampire novelist Gwen Lieber but is secretly is the Alpha Vampire and her alleged lover. He is seemingly held hostage by DJ X, who used Peter's blood to make a drug to create vampires. However, once DJ X was killed, Peter took control of the consumers, nearly sending them into a feeding frenzy. Upon being revealed as the Alpha Vampire, we are treated to a flashback of him leading a vampire attack of a village. He offered Gwen a chance to become a vampire if she brings him Edgar and Alan Frog, and once she does the task, he kills her. He reveals that his true intentions all along were to turn Edgar and Alan into vampires themselves, so they can be his personal hitmen and cull the expanding vampire race, so there can be more people to feed on. Since Alan was already transforming, Peter uses his partial control over Alan to force him to fight Edgar.
    • In the comic The Lost Girl, by Tim Seeley et al., taking place shortly after the first film, Agnes Underwood is a seemingly-sweet old lady in Santa Carla, but is in fact the head vampire behind the Blood Belles and the secret mastermind of their operations. Agnes recruits the Blood Bells by preying on the needs of lost and lonely girls before turning them into vampires. With Agnes operating behind the scenes, the Blood Belles kill off the hunters of Santa Carla, including Grandpa Emerson, abduct and turn multiple children, and plot to awaken ancient vampires (Tlahuelpuchi) to conquer the world and bring about the age of vampires. Agnes also had Star placed in Santa Carla to infiltrate the Lost Boys to make a power play of her own. What makes Agnes worse is that all these things are a mere means to a petty and selfish end: for centuries Agnes sought the pure blood of the mother vampires to restore her youth. Agnes also takes Lucy Emerson and Laddie hostage under the threat of death, as well as kills and turns the residents and orderlies as a local retirement home. Besides having no loyalty to the Tlahuelpuchi, Agnes dismisses the deaths of the Blood Belles by simply saying she can make more, and tries to force Star to test the pure blood to see if it will kill her or make her lose her humanity, calling it a win-win scenario.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Cry Little Sister"
    • The ENTIRE soundtrack.
    • Echo & the Bunnymen's cover of "People Are Strange" certainly stands out.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Tim Capello as the the oily saxophone player on the dock is surprisingly memorable among viewers of the film. He even has a fan page!
  • Draco in Leather Pants: The boys themselves, but especially David.
  • Funny Background Event: Michael randomly lifting weights, the vamps flirting with the girl at the video shop, Marco holding the chopsticks between his teeth as he hands out the Chinese food, and Grandpa making a spooked face at Max when he arrives for dinner.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Subverted. In The Thirst, Sam is stated to have died when he attacked Edgar at the end of The Tribe, with the film's release several months after his death making it seem like a Real Life Writes the Plot, except shooting had finished prior to Corey Haim's death.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Take a look at the drying vampire gore on the heroes' clothes when they flee the hotel. It's strangely...sparkly.
    • Jack Bauer Playing a vampire was funny enough to think as it is, but then Robot Chicken took it to the next level by having Dracula replace Jack Bauer as the lead.
    • Joel Schumacher directing a movie about creatures with a bat motif.
  • Ho Yay: David and Michael. Just... David and Michael. David pretty much seduces him in a strange blood drinking sequence, half hypnotises him with continuous usage of his name, ignores the pretty love interest in favor of Michael, and spends the whole movie trying desperately to get Michael to see things his way. Never mind David's insistence leads to him dropping his guard, therefore leading to his death... he never makes a move to kill Michael, even when his victim blindly refuses to become a full vampire. David actually looks genuinely hurt by this rejection. The amount of eyesex and shimmering sexual tension in this film concerning these two is just amazing. This could translate to Foe Yay as well.
    • There's a lot of subtext in the movie overall. For example, Michael has to drink David's blood (a bodily fluid) to lose half his humanity, and it can be argued that Star and Laddie create the guise of a nuclear family so Michael is more easily lured in.
    • A little Truth in Television here, as Schumacher is gay, and vampires were (and still are) commonly used to represent the AIDS crisis that was especially prominent among the gay community in the 80's. There's actually a few articles floating around on homoerotic subtext in the movie - you can read one [[www.horror-movies.ca/2014/09/new-perspective-lost-boys-homosexual-film/ here]].
    • There's also Sam and Michael apparently mesmerized by the oily saxophone player on the docks.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • All the god damn vampires!
    • The oily saxophone player, portrayed by Tim Capello, has become part of the basis for general sexy saxophone man jokes.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Given that it set the tone for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and True Blood, viewers forget how different this was when it first came out.
  • Shocking Swerve: In the original film, the reveal that David's not the head vampire; it's really Max, the mild mannered local business owner and current boyfriend to Sam and Michael's mother. However, the groundwork is there, it's just done so subtly that you likely won't notice them on the first viewing.
    • In The Thirst, DJ X is set-up as the Alpha Vampire, it's revealed towards the end that it's really Peter Lieber, and most of the film was an Evil Plan so he could turn Edgar into his personal hitman.
  • Squick: The maggots and worms. Doubly so when Word of God instructs budding filmmakers that maggots tend to just lie there. How to get them to wriggle? Squeeze lemon juice on them.
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