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"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, directed by Joel Schumacher and 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.

Recently-divorced mother Lucy Emerson (Wiest) and her two sons move to Santa Carla, California. Older son Michael (Patric) soon falls in with a gang of bikers led by David Powers (Sutherland), all of whom turn out to be vampires, while his kid brother Sam (Haim) befriends a couple of seemingly insane comic store assistants obsessed with hunting vampires (not that they've ever met one before). After sharing a mysterious drink with David, Michael begins turning into a vampire, and it is up to Sam, with the help of the Frog brothers, to save him.


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. The movie stars 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 went 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 can stop DJ X and save 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. Edgar hopes to recruit his reclusive brother, who's dealing with his own dark past. The movie stars 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 and 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. Another comicbook series called The Lost Girl was published by Vertigo in 2016, being the closest adaptation of Joel Schumacher's plans for a never-realised Lost Girls sequel.

A TV series was in the works at The CW for the 2018 season, but has wallowed in Development Hell. Helmed by Rob Thomas, it will be an anthology series with each season set during a different decade.

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     The Lost Boys 
  • '80s Hair: Especially on the Lost Boys, who all have glorious hair-metal-inspired mullets and long hair, but the hair on practically everyone in the film screams 80s from a mile away.
  • 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 the head vampire, who had his "boys" target her sons for recruitment/turning so she would join willingly and complete the "family".
    • Subverted at the end, when Grandpa returns just in time to kill the last vampire in the house and nonchalantly reveal he knew all along that there were loads of vamps around.
  • An Aesop: Peer Pressure Makes You Evil. Don't give in.
  • Affably Evil: Max. To some degree, David and the rest of the Lost Boys 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 enjoy the life of a vampire very much, since she refuses to kill, even when David intentionally sets her up with Michael so that he can be her first kill, and the two end up having sex instead.
  • The Alleged Expert: The Frog brothers are comic store employees by day, but advertise themselves as professional vampire hunters. While they do have some useful and accurate lore to share, there are also some pretty big holes in their knowledge. For instance, they go to the vampires' lair, ready to stake them in their coffins, only to discover that they sleep hanging from the ceiling like bats, which they are completely shocked by. Then, the Frogs climb up to stake them and start with the weakest-looking one, at which point his death screams (predictably) wake the others up, which nearly gets Sam and the Frogs killed.
  • Ambiguously Bi: David, who has a girlfriend named Star but spends a majority of his time trying to influence Michael and turn him over to the dark side. He and Michael share a lot of very intense eye contact.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Sam. He has a poster of Rob Lowe in a provocative pose on his wall — specifically, on the door to his closet. He also croons both the boy and girl verses from "I Ain't Got a Man" while taking a bubble bath. However, 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, which starred Lowe. It still doesn't explain Sam wearing a 'Born to Shop' T-shirt to bed, and some of his fashion choices aren't really justified by "it's the '80s". Maybe Sam's just a metrosexual ahead of his time?
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Michael becomes a vampire. Thankfully, it's not permanent.
  • Angry Guard Dog: Nanook is a lovable pooch who doesn't like vampires. Max's dog Thorn also counts as a more literal version of this trope.
  • Anti-Villain: Max. He may be the Big Bad, but ignoring the "murderous vampire" part, he's just a lonely widower who wants a wife and mother for his boys.
  • Asshole Victim: The vampire gang try to get Michael to make his first kill by bringing him along as they attack and feed upon a group of skinheads, presumably in the hopes that this trope might make it easier for him to give in to his growing thirst.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: The film both plays this straight and subverts it. 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 do show their vampire faces, but they're not bad either, and the Lost Boys are all easy on the eyes when not in Game Face.
  • Big Bad: David is the leader of the Lost Boys, but answers to Max.
  • Big Brother 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 started the process of turning into a vampire, as she wants to get him out of the gang with her, and protects him from the Frog brothers when they threaten to stake him. David attempts to be this to Michael. It doesn't take.
  • Bowdlerization: When the movie aired on network television, a scene of Michael pointing to a plant outside the window and miming smoking pot was removed, and "a God-damned shit-sucking vampire" lost not only the shit-sucking but also God. The shot of Michael's bleeding hand after Nanook bites him was removed, making it seem like he'd just been pushed out of the room by the dog. Oddly, however, every single bit of flying blood and violence at the bonfire slaughter was left intact.
  • Breaking and Bloodsucking: Sam is hauling one of the creepy taxidermy animals into the closet. When he turns around, half-vampire Michael has suddenly appeared in the room by way of the second story window. After some arguing between the brothers, Star arrives, first yelling up to them from the ground, then suddenly floating in via the window.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Grandpa with his Cool Car saves the day in the end.
  • Car Fu: With Grandpa's Cool Car, no less!
  • Celebrity Paradox: In Max's video store, there's a single copy of The Goonies, which also starred Corey Feldman.
  • Chekhov's Gun: We see Grandpa working on the fence, and his Jeep is still filled with fence posts when he goes on his date. At the end of the movie, Grandpa crashes his car headlong into the house, and one of the fence posts stakes Max through the heart.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Grandpa. Also, Edgar and Alan have shades of this, along with being Properly Paranoid.
  • The Comically Serious: Edgar and Allan are about as cheerful as their namesake, and take themselves as seriously as CIA agents, yet they are some of the nerdiest teenage comic store employees you'll ever see.
  • Cool Car: Say what you will about him, Grandpa has one sweet ride.
  • Crapsack World: Santa Carla, a California town so packed with undead that it's the murder capital of the world.
  • Creepy Child: Laddie is the cutest kid you've ever seen... until he vamps out.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Michael and Sam's grandfather seems to be just another senile old guy, until the end where his car explodes into the house, killing Max, and it's revealed that he knew Santa Clara was infested with vampires all along.
  • Deus ex Machina: Grandpa crashes through the wall in his jeep and impales Max with a fence post, then reveals that he knew about vampires all along.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: At first the Big Bad seems to be David, the vampire pack leader trying to corrupt the main character into joining him, but it's revealed at the end that he answers to Max, who wants Sam and Michael's entire family turned.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: 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.
  • Door Handle Scare: We see Sam taking a bubble bath while his brother Michael slowly comes walking up the stairs. Sam sings to himself completely clueless, but his dog Nanook next to the bathtub hears Michael's footsteps coming up on the other side of the bathroom door. The music doesn't go silent, but in fact increases with the tension. Finally Michael stands outside the bathroom door, banging it, turning the knob with the camera focusing in as it rotates. Sam dunks completely under the water just as Michael's confronted by a growling and snarling Nanook, who then tackles Michael out the door and down the stairs, with the door slamming shut after him. Sam emerges from the water just after everything's all over.
  • Dramatic Landfall Shot: There's one after Michael is initiated into David's gang after drinking his blood.
  • The Dragon: David is actually this to Max.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Sam's reaction after Michael (fresh from joining David's group of vampires) makes a joke about their grandfather going on a date with the widow Johnson.
    Michael: What'd you stuff for her? Mr. Johnson?
    Sam: That wasn't funny, Mike!
  • Dying as Yourself: After David dies, he looks noticeably younger and more innocent, even losing his beard.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: David really wants Michael to understand how awesome it would be to become a vampire, and Max really wants 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.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Nanook can sense something is wrong with Michael, and whenever David and his vampire gang show up outside the Emersons' house on their loud motorcycles, he always gets up and barks.
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: The vampires seem to genuinely care a lot for one another, being sincerely saddened at Marko's death. Max refers to them as "his boys" at the end in a tone that shows he saw them as his sons and is saddened by their deaths and not bringing the two families together.
  • Eye Color Change: Vampires' eyes go from their natural colour to golden-red when they transform into 'vampire mode'.
  • Fanservice: The titular "lost boys" are all very easy on the eyes.
  • Face on a Milk Carton: Laddie is prominently featured on one.
  • Fantastic Racism: Edgar and Alan have hostile reservations against vampires, even ones like Star, Laddie, and Michael who are resisting the transformation. This is justified if one infers that the only vampires they've ever dealt with are like David and his crew.
  • Feral Vampires: One of the Trope Makers. Instead of being glamorous aristocrats, the vampires are portrayed as nomadic hoodlums.
  • Final Solution: Kill the head vampire, and all the new half-vampires who haven't killed anyone yet return to normal.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: When Lucy goes to apologize to Max for leaving their date early, Sam reads a vampire comic book that features a page all about the dangers of "Hellhounds: a special guard dog for vampires who sleep during the day". A few seconds later, Lucy almost gets eaten by Max's pet dog (and guard dog) Thorn, prompting Sam to save her.
  • Flight: One of the vampires' abilities.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Grandpa shuts his office door when he sees Max in the house, and in a later scene has covered his car in large wooden stakes.
    • Max confuses the superstition of not seeing the bride before the marriage for being about not seeing the food before the meal. He plans to make his intended "bride" (Lucy) into food.
    • Max very formally requests permission to enter the house. Initially, it seems like an obvious giveaway that he's a vampire, but then he passes all the Frog brothers' vampire detection tests, confusing the issue until it's revealed him being invited in nullified the effects of the tests.
    • The merry-go-round sequence foreshadows the order in which the Lost Boys die. Marko dies first, Paul second, Dwayne third, and David last.
  • Funny Background Event: Michael randomly lifting weights, Michael pointing out a pot bush outside the kitchen window to Sam and miming smoking a joint, the vamps flirting with the girl at the video shop, Marko 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.
  • Genre Savvy: Edgar and Alan make Sam read vampire comics to get him familiar with how to fight vampires.
  • Hanging by the Fingers: David and the Lost Boys taunt Michael until he joins them in dangling beneath a railroad bridge. The strain and vibrations of a passing train cause his fingers to lose grip, and he slips more and more until he finally falls.
  • Hell Hotel: The Lost Boys' base of operations is the underground remains of a hotel that was swallowed up by the earth during the 1906 earthquake.
    David: In 1906, when the big one hit San Francisco, the ground opened up, and this place took a header, right into the crack. So now it’s ours.
  • Heroic Dog: Nanook the husky, who does a lot more than "help a little." He even kills one of the vampires himself by tackling him into the holy water-filled bathtub.
  • Heroic Willpower: Michael uses this at the last minute to defeat David.
  • Hippie Name: Discussed. Michael suspects his love interest Star had flowerchild parents because of her name, and mentions he came very close to having a Hippie Name himself.
    Star: What do you mean?
    Michael: Ex-hippies. I came this close to being called Moon Beam or Moon Child or something.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Vampires apparently have this power, but the only time it's used is when David makes Michael see Chinese takeout as maggots and worms.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Michael is tricked into drinking blood by prior illusions that make it look like his Chinese food is worms one minute, noodles the next, and again with rice/maggots note . By the time that he's told that the red beverage in the bottle is blood, he doesn't believe anything he hears.
    David: (to Michael as he's eating some of the Chinese food) Maggots. You're eating maggots, Michael, how do they taste?
    Star: (to Michael as he is about to drink from the bottle of "red wine") Don't. It's blood.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • One of the vampires, Marko, gets impaled through the chest with a stake by the Frog brothers while he is sleeping upside down.
    • David's death.
    • Max. A fence post destroys most of his torso, and he's flung backward several feet.
  • Insane Troll Logic: 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.
  • It Came from the Sink: When one of the vampires is pushed into a bathtub full of holy water, his blood begins coming out of all the pipes, including through the bathroom and kitchen sinks.
  • Literary Allusion Title: The film is titled after the companions of Peter Pan, who remained forever young.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: David and his gang certainly think so. It's their main sales pitch to Michael.
  • Love at First Sight: At the concert, Michael sees Star for the first time, and is immediately smitten with her.
  • Make-Out Point: This is a favorite hunting ground for the vampires, and their lair appears to be located directly beneath one.
  • Meaningful Name: Lucy, of course, shares her name with Mina's ill-fated friend from Dracula. And she does wind up pursued by a vampire who wishes to make her his bride — a vampire named Max, itself possibly an allusion to Max Schreck of Nosferatu fame.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Sam's ability to rattle off the issue numbers and plot summaries of various superhero comics is treated as a badass feat.
  • Music Video Syndrome: Music and surreal images overlap in a number of scenes. Word Of God on the commentary notes that this type of storytelling would not have been possible without music videos.
  • Must Be Invited: Played with. Vampires can enter a home uninvited, as seen during the climax, but if you invite them in first, you lose all power over them as long as they are inside your home — which includes rendering them invulnerable to your attacks or attempts to exploit their weaknesses and expose them as vampires. Max uses this to trick the protagonists into thinking he's human.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Star, at least as much as she can be in an R-rated movie.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Max comes within a hair's breadth of getting Lucy turned into a vampire before Grandpa intervenes.
  • No Communities Were Harmed: The film was shot in Santa Cruz, California. The boardwalk features prominently, and the comic shop and both houses were actual locations in the city. In fact, the town was going to be called Santa Cruz in the film until the city council, at the last minute, got cold feet over the town being portrayed as "The Murder Capital of the World" and asked the producers to change the name, fearing that it would hurt the tourism business in the town. It didn't help that, in The '70s, Santa Cruz had been the scene of a couple of serial killing rampages, as well as a Manson-like mass murder of a family.
  • Noble Bigot with a Badge: While not cops, Edgar and Alan hate all vampires, not just the bad ones. However, they are willing to help half-vampires get their humanity back, if grudgingly.
  • Novelization: Due to his past fantasy novels and horror short stories, Craig Shaw Gardner was given a copy of the script and asked to write a novelization to accompany the film's release. At the time, Gardner was, like the Frog Brothers, managing a comic book store as well as writing. The novelization was released in paperback by Berkley Publishing and is 220 pages long. It includes several scenes later dropped from the film, such as Michael working as a trash collector for money to buy his leather jacket. It expands the roles of the opposing gang, the Surf Nazis, who were seen as nameless victims of the vampires in the film. It also includes several tidbits of vampire lore, such as not being able to cross running water and salt sticking to their forms.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Grandpa pretends to be an eccentric old man (and is to a certain extent), but he's also a fairly skilled vampire hunter.
  • Once an Episode: A vampire recites some version of the quote at the top of the page in each of the sequels.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Along with Near Dark, this movie rewrote the book on vampires, in the same way An American Werewolf in London and The Howling (also both in the same year) rewrote the book on werewolves. Notably, while they have many of the folkloric strengths and weaknesses (even sleeping in native soil is alluded to, with the vampires' lair described as "one big coffin"), the one they play with the most is the "invitation". Vampires can enter a residence uninvited, but if you do invite them, you lose all power over them while inside, including attempting to exploit any weaknesses vampires naturally have.
  • Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: Evil and a vampire.
  • Poster-Gallery Bedroom: Sam's bedroom, to be precise. Most prominently, he has posters of Molly Ringwald and Rob Lowe on his walls.
  • Pushover Parents:
    • Being an ex-hippie Nice Girl 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, he doesn't walk all over me.
    • On the other hand, Michael and Sam aren't at all embarrassed by her affection for them, and are both quite devoted to her. in the climax, even as Sam is being held hostage in a headlock by Max, he still urges Lucy not to become Max's 'bride'.
  • The Quiet One: David, while being one of the lead cast members, has the fewest lines among all leading and supporting cast members. At the same time, he has the most dialogue of the four vampire Lost Boys.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • Many scenes take on a new meaning after Max is revealed to be the head vampire.
    • A small one: Michael has an earring when he comes home, which he did not yet have when last we saw him clinging to and falling from the bridge after the Lost Boys, implying that there was much more to that night than we saw onscreen.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: David and his friends revel in this mentality. It's pretty hard for security guards and other authoritative figures except for Max to keep them from going wherever they want or doing whatever they want, since those people tend to go "missing" afterwards.
  • Sequel Hook: Subverted with David's body never disintegrating, because plans for a immediate sequel never came to fruition. Averted in The Tribe with the two unused alternate endings. See What Could Have Been for more detail.
  • Senseless Phagia: The "wine" is David's blood, but Michael can't tell the difference. He's horrified to discover much later that he drank blood. The trope is toyed with earlier, when David mind-tricks Michael into believing that he's eating maggots and worms, but it's really just rice and noodles (or so it seems — it's not clear which version is real), which is why Michael dismisses Star's warning that the wine is blood.
  • Sex Equals Love: Michael and Star really don't share that many lines with each other before they have sex halfway through the film.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: Michael and Star's first time, which shows them kissing on a bed then cuts to images of clouds in the sky. The faint bat-noises and constantly shifting camera angles imply that this is actually the POV of the Lost Boys returning home right before sunrise, which might explain why David wasn't upset about Star having sex with Michael instead of making him her first kill; he was in too much of a hurry to get to the cave before sunrise to notice! While the original scene lasted about three times longer, it didn't get any more explicit (you can't even be sure if Star is actually topless or Michael just slid down the straps of her camisole).
  • Sexophone: "I Still Believe" by the shirtless, oiled-up Tim Capello plays on at the concert as Michael stares at his love interest Star.
  • Sexy Sax Man: The famous scene of a shirtless, oiled-up Tim Cappello playing the sax at a concert. Fans even call him by the trope name!
  • Shirtless Scene: When Tim Cappello sings "I Still Believe."
  • Shout-Out:
    • Edgar and Alan are named in honor of Edgar Allan Poe.
    • "Holy shit! It's the attack of Eddie Munster!"
    • When Max reveals his plan, Edgar responds by describing it as "The Bloodsucking Brady Bunch".
    • There's an Echo & the Bunnymen poster in Sam's bedroom — they sung The Doors' song "People Are Strange" in the opening montage. There's also a giant poster of The Doors' frontman Jim Morrison in the vampire's lair.
    • According to the writers, the character name of Lucy was chosen to reflect Lucy Westenra from Dracula.
    • The whole movie, down to the title, is a subtle Shout-Out to Peter Pan, with vampiric immortality being equated to Neverland and Max recruiting Lucy to be a "mother" to the Lost Boys. As in the story, Wendy rejects that life.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Run–D.M.C. and Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" plays over the scene where Michael witnesses the campfire massacre that takes place as David and his gang of vampires slaughter a group of skinheads partying around a bonfire.
  • Take Me Instead: 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, sending a stake flying through Max's heart.
  • Taxidermy Terror: Grandpa has a serious taxidermy hobby, and leaves several stuffed presents by Sam's bedside. Disgusted by them, Sam hides them in his closet.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Max is a perfectly normal-seeming video store clerk who is really the head of a pack of vicious vampires.
  • Trashcan Bonfire: Several of these are scattered throughout the Hell Hotel.
  • Token Good Teammate: According to the novelization, Star finds Paul the most approachable of the Lost Boys; he was the most recently turned before she and Laddie joined, and he's always trying to cheer her up with humor.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: The head vampire who leads them in regular acts of shockingly brutal murder is simply named David. His friends have the similarly normal names of Marko, Paul, and Dwayne, and their leader is Max.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Santa Carla: blue skies, lovely beaches, theme park on a board walk, active night life, great music culture, and swarming with murderous vampires. As the graffiti on the back of the sign says, it's the murder capital of the world.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: How David and his buddies lay waste to a group of punk rockers/skinheads having a beach bonfire party.
  • Undead Child: Laddie looks to be about eleven years old.
  • Undeath Is Cheap: This trope provides a way for Michael to get to do a cool vampire fight scene while still allowing him (along with Star and Laddie) to become human again at the end of the movie.
  • Vampire Monarch: According to legend, if you kill a "head vampire", all the half-vampires turned by him or by vampires under his command are restored to human form. This fails when the protagonists kill David — because Max is the head vampire.
  • Vampire Procreation Limit: A person becomes a half-vampire by drinking a vampire's blood, but won't become a full vampire until they drink human blood (the desire to do so being increasingly difficult to resist over time).
  • Vampire Refugee: Star, Laddie, and Michael.
  • Wham Line: After defeating David and the rest of the vampires, Vamp!Michael and half-vampire Star come to the horrifying realization that they're still not turned back to normal, even after supposedly killing off the head vampire. Then Max arrives, sadly looking at David, and drops this line:
    Max: It was all going to be so perfect, Lucy. Just like one big, happy family. Your boys... and my boys.
    Edgar Frog: A bloodsucking Brady Bunch!
    Max: (faces the heroes, now morphed into his true vampire form) But I still want you, Lucy. I haven't changed my mind about that.
  • We Can Rule Together: We can parent together, anyway. Max believes his boys need a mother's influence, and that Lucy can provide it to them. He specifically told David to target her sons so that once they were turned, she couldn't refuse to be turned herself. His genuine and heartfelt (albeit not-really-negotiable) offer is to make her his vampire bride so they can lead his vampire "family" as father and mother.

     The comics 
  • 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 backstory 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 (never seen 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 as their last name 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 that 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 ThirstAlan and Edgar went after a half-vampire Senator, and in the chaos Alan was forced to drink blood. The Emersons weren't involved.

     The Tribe 
  • Adults Are Useless:
    • Subverted, 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 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. The police, meanwhile, are flat out afraid to deal with Shane's gang, despite being unaware that they're vampires.
  • Big Bad: Shane Powers is the vampire behind it all.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Edgar Frog shows up to save the day at one point.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Twenty minutes into the movie, Chris and Nicole are discussing whether to attend Shane's party until Aunt Jillian approaches, wielding a copy of The Goonies, which features Corey Feldman.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: When Chris is finally able to convince Nicole that she's a half-vampire (simply by holding up a mirror to demonstrate that vampires don't have reflections), Nicole freaks and admits she's more disturbed by the fact that she tried to eat someone, given that she's a vegetarian.
  • Fake Defector / The Mole: Edgar has Chris agree to take Shane's blood and become a half-vampire so that he can find out where their lair is.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • Nicole attempting to seduce a boy crushing on her comes off very aggressive and predatory as she's a half-vampire and desperately attempting to drink his blood.
    • The same woman from the party attempting to bite Chris, disrobed, and getting impaled through her chest with deer trophy antlers.
  • Fanservice:
    • The sex scene with Nicole and Shane.
    • Chris's shower with another party-goer.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • One of Shane's mooks is impaled on a working jackhammer.
    • Chris fights off a female vampire who attempts to bite him by accidentally impaling her through the chest on a deer head trophy.
  • Jump Scare: Shane's gang announce their vampire status to a group of unsuspecting humans jokingly around a campfire, and then all hell breaks loose the second time they say it.
    Vampire: Oh, but seriously... (eyes glow dark, voice deepens) WE'RE VAMPIRES!!! (bites a woman in the neck)
  • Police Are Useless: They're terrified of Shane's gang, for good reason.
  • Shower of Love: Chris shares one with a female party-goer before realizing something is wrong with Nicole and leaves to check on her.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Shane has more or less the same personality as David did in the original film. What's more, Shane's actor is Angus Sutherland, half-brother of Kiefer Sutherland, who played David.
  • Unusual Euphemism: How Edgar tells Chris that Nicole's a half-vampire.
    Edgar Frog: Your sister's a suck monkey!
  • Vampire Refugee: Nicole and Chris.

     The Thirst 
  • Bad Boss: Peter Lieber kills Gwen for no real reason other than seeming to find her annoying.
  • BFG:
    Edgar Frog: I'm going to need weapons. Lots of. Really expensive. Custom made. Weapons.
  • Big Bad: Peter Lieber is the main villain.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Alan Frog shows up to be one.
  • Celebrity Paradox:
    • Around half an hour into the movie, 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.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: DJ X.
  • Evil Plan: Essentially, the entire of The Thirst is revealed to be one. Peter trying to make Edgar his personal hitman
  • Expy: Gwen Lieber is one for Stephenie Meyer.
  • Flat Character: The vampires this time around, with the exception of Peter, have no personality.
  • Girl on Girl Is Hot: As opposed to the male homoeroticism of the original movie, this time there are lesbian vampires.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Invoked once again with DJ X's death.
  • The Mole: Gwen Lieber was The Renfield all along.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Gwen Lieber is certainly this, getting several underwear shots and very tight clothing.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: See the entry for Sequel Hook.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Averted, as it's been stated that the scenes that mention Sam's death were shot before Corey Haim's death in March 2010.
  • Senseless Phagia: The drug "the Thirst" — it's part ecstasy and part vampire blood.
  • Sequel Hook: Played straight, 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 wolf-like
  • Shout-Out: The "attack of Eddie Munster" from the original movie receives a Call-Back here — "Holy shit! It's the attack of Grandpa Munster!"
    • Amusingly, the vampires have a Munsters Go Home poster in their hideout.
  • Take That!: Gwen Lieber is a thinly veiled Expy 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".
  • Title Drop: Combined with a Development Gag - Johnny Trash refers to his audience as "Lost Boys and Girls".
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Alan Frog becomes a vampire. Not like it was a twist, or anything...
  • Vampire Refugee: Alan Frog is a vampiric vampire hunter.