It was coming up to the 30th anniversary of this well-known and popular 80s movie, and I was really annoyed I had never seen it before, so I'm glad I finally made an effort to get my hands on it, directed by Joel Schumacher (St. Elmo's Fire, Falling Down, Batman Forever, Phone Booth). The title is a reference to the Lost Boys in Peter Pan, who, like the vampires, never grow up. Basically the Emerson brothers, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim), from Arizona have moved to the small beach town of Santa Carla, California, with their recently divorced mother Lucy (Dianne Wiest), to live with their eccentric Grandpa (Barnard Hughes). While Lucy finds herself a job working in a video store run by local bachelor, Max (Edward Herrmann), Michael and Sam explore the boardwalk, there Michael becomes fascinated with young woman Star (Jami Gertz). While Michael follows Star, despite her seeming to be in a relationship with mysterious young biker gang leader David (Kiefer Sutherland), Sam meets the Frog brothers, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), a pair of self-proclaimed vampire hunters, who give him horror comic books to warn him of the threat infiltrating the town. Michael finally talks to Star, but David goads him into following the biker gang to their hangout, a sunken luxury hotel beneath a dangerous cliff, he is initiated into the group. Star warns Michael not to drink from an offered bottle, telling him it is blood, but Michael ignores this, then he, David and the others head to the a railroad bridge, they hang off the edge over a foggy gorge, one by one letting go and falling down, and Michael follows. The next day Michael wakes up unaware how he got home, his eyes are sensitive to sunlight and has a craving for blood, leading him to attack Sam, with the dog Nanook retaliating, and seeing his semi-transparent reflection, Sam realises Michael is turning into a vampire. Michael convinces his terrified brother he is not yet a vampire, he needs his help, Michael slowly develops supernatural powers and also asks Star for help, they have sex. Meanwhile Sam deduces that Michael is half-vampire, his condition can be reversed by killing the head vampire, Sam and Frog whether it is Max that is the head vampire when he is invited to dinner by Lucy, but Max passes every test, so the boys decide to focus on David. David provokes Michael into killing, they stalk a group of beach goers, Michael is horrified when he instigates a feeding frenzy, he escapes and returns home, there Star reveals she is also a half- vampire looking to be cured, she reveals David had intended Star to seal her fate as a vampire, with Michael being her first kill. The next day, Michael is weakening, so Sam and the Frog brothers go looking for the vampire gang's lair, they find them all hanging and sleeping above, they impale vampire Marko (Bill & Ted's Alex Winter), awakening David and the others, but the boys escape into the sunlight, rescuing Star and half-vampire child Laddie (Chance Michael Corbitt). That evening while Lucy is on a date with Max and the grandfather is out, the teens arm themselves with water pistols filled with holy water, garlic cloves, a longbow and stakes, they barricade themselves in the house. Night falls and David's gang attack the house, one of the vampires is killed by the Frog brothers and Nanook, pushed and dissolved in a bathtub filled with garlic and holy water. Vampire Dwayne (Billy Wirth) attacks Sam, who manages to shoot an arrow his heart, it penetrates a stereo behind him, the electrocution causes his body to explode. Michael is then attacked by David, forcing him to use his vampire powers, he manages to overpower David, he is killed being impaled on a set of antlers, but Michael, Star and Laddie do not transform back to normal as expected. Lucy returns home with Max, he reveals himself as the head vampire, the previous invite into the house rendered him powerless, Max's objective was to have Star be the mother to his lost boys. As Max pulls Lucy to him and prepares to turn her into a vampire, Grandpa crashes his jeep through the wall of the house, Max is impaled by a wooden fence post, killing him and causing him to explode. In the end, Michael, Star and Laddie return to normal, and amongst the carnage and debris, Grandpa casually grabs a drink from the refrigerator, and says "One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach: all the damn vampires". Also starring Brooke McCarter as Paul. Sutherland is charismatic and cool, but equally menacing as the leader of the gang, and Haim and Feldman make an amusing duo, the other actors all do their parts fine as well, it is a fairly predictable story and not as witty as it could have been, but it's a good alternative teen movie, filled with laughs, plenty of violence, and with suspense and twists along the way, an interesting horror comedy. Worth watching!