In 2016, James Cameron’s seminal action horror Aliens marked its 30th Anniversary. Panels reuniting the cast and crew were highlights of both San Diego Comic-Con and Comicpalooza in Houston. Alien’s 30th was a frequent topic of retrospection throughout 2016, and while full cast reunions were limited, our favorite actors and FX artists hit the convention circuit hard. The resulting resurgence in popularity was a major influence on Ridley Scott’s decision to kibosh Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 in favor of reclaiming the franchise himself with Alien: Covenant (but that’s a topic for another article).
In just a few weeks, another seminal horror movie will be marking the same prestigious milestone: The Lost Boys (directed by Joel Schumacher) was released on July 31, 1987. It struck a chord with angsty teens by reimagining vampires as chronically cool rebels who party all night, every night. But as opposed to Aliens which used its anniversary to reconnect with fans & re-establish its relevance, there are no plans for any sort of Lost Boys reunion at any convention in America or abroad. And that, in my humble opinion, is a damn shame.
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Through sheer coincidence, I celebrated the 29th Anniversary of The Lost Boys with one of the film’s stars: Billy Wirth played Dwayne, best known as the “Death by Stereo” vampire. It was during a celebratory screening of The Lost Boys produced by the folks who run the Sacramento Horror Film Festival and Sinister Creature Con. Throughout the evening, Wirth and I discussed the film’s impending 30th, and how excited he would be to participate in a reunion; excited and somber.
As opposed to Aliens in 2016, the cast of The Lost Boys can never be reunited in full. Corey Haim as Sam was the heart and soul of The Lost Boys; as much as horror fans aspired to be as cool as David (Kiefer Sutherland) and his vamps, most of us identified with Sam as a kid trying too hard to impress others, thereby coming off as immature. But it’s Sam’s love for his brother Michael (Jason Patric), and the length he’s willing to go for him, that gave The Lost Boys its heroism and its humanity. Haim tragically passed away in 2010, and his absence from any hypothetical Lost Boys reunion may be part of what dampened efforts to make one happen.
Haim isn’t the only Lost Boy whose presence would be sorely missed; Brooke McCarter played Paul (who got a holy water & garlic baptism in the film’s most disgusting scene) passed away in 2015. When Wirth and I talked in 2016, it was clear McCarter’s death was still weighing heavy on him. It made me realize that any Lost Boys reunion would have to be, in part, a memorial for two troubled souls who left our world too soon. While I don’t think this should have prevented efforts, I can acknowledge that such panels would be, at times, emotionally heavy.
But at the same time, the untimely passing of Haim and McCarter would add significance and importance to a reunion; posthumous love an appreciation is both appropriate and cathartic, and such an event would produce an outpouring of love. And it would be a chance for fans to pay tribute the others who have passed: Barnard Hughes, the actor who played Grampa, died at the ripe old age of 91 of natural causes (we should all be so lucky); Edward Herrmann, who supplied the twist ending as Max, passed away in 2014 at the age of 71
Recent plans to produce a Lost Boys TV Series on the CW were put on the back burner, and this is further proof that we need a movie reunion now more than ever. When fans turn out in droves, which they most certainly would, network execs would realize what we already know is true: The Lost Boys has legions of followers would be happy to revisit the film’s universe in any form. Corey Feldman, Haim’s foil as ½ of The Frog Brothers, could definitely use the career boost sure to result from a Lost Boys Renaissance; he’s currently touring with his musical act, The Angels, receiving adoration and derision in equal measure.
Thankfully, horror historian and author Paul Davis wasn’t about to let The Lost Boys‘ 30th Anniversary go by without some sort of fitting tribute; Lost In The Shadows: The Story Of The Lost Boys can be pre-ordered HERE.
Official Synopsis: From writer and director Paul Davis, Cult Screenings Ltd. and Dead Mouse Productions, comes a brand new limited edition, 256-page, all colour, hardback book on the making of the 1987 cult favourite. THE LOST BOYS. LOST IN THE SHADOWS delves into the complete history of the film, from its inception as a Peter Pan inspired kids adventure, its eventful production, and its enduring 30-year legacy.
Featuring brand new interviews with Joel Schumacher, Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Richard Donner (and many more), and hundreds of rare behind the scenes images, LOST IN THE SHADOWS serves as the ultimate chronicle to one of the most beloved vampire movies of the 1980s.
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Official Synopsis: Teenage brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move with their mother (Dianne Wiest) to a small town in northern California. While the younger Sam meets a pair of kindred spirits in geeky comic-book nerds Edward (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), the angst-ridden Michael soon falls for Star (Jami Gertz) — who turns out to be in thrall to David (Kiefer Sutherland), leader of a local gang of vampires. Sam and his new friends must save Michael and Star from the undead.