The Lost Boys is on the verge of celebrating its 30th Anniversary, and the nostalgic fever is in full effect! While we lament the lack of convention events celebrating this milestone, not to mention the absence of any Anniversary re-releases, it’s heartening to see so many horror and entertainment outlets giving The Lost Boys the recognition it deserves. The film, directed by Joel Schumacher, turned established vampire tropes on their heads, portraying a clan of young, hip bloodsuckers who loved to sleep all day and party all night!
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Regular readers of Horror Freak News know that we’re huge fans of the lists and video essays produced by CineFix, and one of their latest offerings is proof that The Lost Boys remains an important and enduring classic: 7 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About the Lost Boys! Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
If you can’t stream, I’ve briefly summarized each fun fact below the video. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: The Lost Boys is an 80s cult classic, and with its 30th anniversary coming up, we decided to vamp out.
Tim Cappello is the name of the singer/saxophone player in The Lost Boys’ Act 1 beach concert scene. He was Tina Turner’s saxophone player at the time of the film’s production and release.
The Boardwalk scenes were shot on location in Santa Cruz, California. They were granted permission to film on the condition they change the name of the city; hence, Santa Cruz became Santa Carla.
Joel Schumacher’s input was integral; the script was originally courting a PG rating and featured 8-year-olds instead of teenagers. They planned a more direct tie-in with the Lost Boys of Peter Pan, essentially turning Pan into a vampire.
The POV aerial shots of the vamps flying garnered praise for its innovation, but it was actually born of necessity. It would have been too difficult to show the actors actually flying. The only time we do see them fly is at the film’s climax.
The “maggot wrangler” had to squeeze lemon juice on the larva in order to get them to squirm.
Soft contact lenses hadn’t been invented yet, so the cast wore large, glass lenses for their red eyes. They were extremely uncomfortable and could only be worn for a few minutes at a time.
Joel Schumacher wanted to direct a sequel about a female vampire gang. The working title was The Lost Girls.
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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.