The Lost Boys movie was definitely one of those obsessions for me, I loved that film and had Lost Boys posters on the inside my wardrobe because I wasn't allowed to hang pictures up on my bedroom wall. I thought that it was the coolest movie that I had ever seen, probably because it was packed to the rafters with smoking hot teen boys, but I think that I also loved it because all of the characters in the movie seemed to have so many exciting things going on in their lives, and at that time in my life I didn't have a lot going at all, just an intense teenage yearning and a burning curiosity.
'80's movies will always hold a very special place in my heart, because I was completely obsessed with them as a teenager. Horror, sci-fi, comedy and adventure movies were my favourite genres and I filled many of my bored teenage days with films that I devoutly watched over and over again on the VCR all by myself in the mostly unused and very cold 2nd lounge room of our house. It was there, huddled under a blanket that I spent many wintery weekends, watching and rewatching my favourite movies obsessively. I was almost able to recite some of those films line for line, and I know that that sounds really dorky, but you have to remember that this was a time before the internet and if you weren't running with the cool kids (which I wasn't) there wasn't exactly a lot to do with your time. Besides, a VCR was actually a pretty cool thing to have back then and having access to your own library of tapes was even better!
I was part of the MTV generation, so watching movies was a way to connect with my teenage awkwardness and also a way to vicariously generate some self discovery through the experiences of other teens on screen. It was clearly a time in my life that solidified my movie obsession and also started a genuine thirst within me for more cinematic experiences that would allow me to vicariously see the world through other people's eyes. However, no matter how many movies I watch in my life, I will always and forever have the softest spot for a good '80's teen flick.
Here is a list of my favourite teen movies (in no particular order) that I have seen way too many times for my own good, and even though some of them are not even 3 chilli peppers worthy of being on my genre lists, I cannot deny that I still have a soft spot for the nostalgia that they ignite in me whenever I watch them.
- The Breakfast Club
- Sixteen Candles
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Weird Science
- Better Off Dead
- Back to the Future
- The Goonies
- One Crazy Summer
- Fright Night
- Stand by Me
Release Date: 1987
Running Time: 98 mins
With a cast of hotties that had my teenage heart racing like a jackhammer, The Lost Boys changed the face of vampires in movies forever by replacing middle aged Dracula archetypes with a cast of young, attractive, fashion forward vampiric teenagers and started a revolution of teen-vampire based horror/drama. Directed by Joel Schumacher, this comedy/horror although flawed, is extremely fun to watch with its strong cast, terrific '80's soundtrack and coming of age awkwardness.
Brothers Michael and Sam relocate to Santa Carla, California with their ditsy single mother to take up residence with their eccentric Grandpa. Eldest brother Michael finds himself entangled with a group of rebellious teenage bikers when he falls for the leaders girlfriend Starr; whilst younger sibling Sam sparks an odd friendship with the Frog brothers, a couple of comic book loving self proclaimed vampire hunters.
The 'Coreys' (Haim and Feldman) as they were called back in the '80's, supply most of the comic relief throughout, with Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Billy Wirth, Brooke McCarter and Alex Winter cast as team 'vampire hotness.' They are well supported by veterans Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann and Barnard Hughes, and Jami Gertz supplies some believable gypsy whimsy as the love interest at the heart of all the dramatics, Starr.
What can I say? I still have a soft spot for this movie and probably always will, it takes me back to being 15 again every time that I watch it.
FINAL SAY: Death by stereo!
3.5 Chilli Peppers