The public will never let Joel Schumacher live down his Batman movies, but let’s not forget that before there were nipples on the Batsuit, there was The Lost Boys. I think it’s Schumacher’s taste that made this movie what it is: the essence of cool. It was one of the first movies to make vampires young and sexy. The cast he assembled is terrific, anchored by the alluring Jason Patric, with endearing supporting turns by Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, and Barnard Hughes. Even the Coreys Haim and Feldman are good in this movie (this is before they became druggies).
I think another reason this movie is so well loved is because it plays into so many kinds of wish fulfillment, especially for young people: finding new friends, joining a gang, staying up late, roaming the pier, partying on the beach, riding motorcycles into the night, wearing cool clothes, living in an underground hideout… This is the very height of escapist fare. Jeffrey Boam’s screenplay weaves all these elements together, then gives us a satisfying showdown (the stand up and cheer kind) and a perfect ending. Then there’s the awesome soundtrack, one of those rare collections where there isn’t one bad song. Honestly, the movie had me with the first few notes of “Cry Little Sister”. After that, it’s just layers and layers of icing on a cake I could eat forever.
Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit www.scottschirmer.com. Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)