Month of Movies: A Lost Boys Tribute

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"You'll never grow old, Michael, and you'll never die. But you must feed." David (played by Kiefer Sutherland) in 'The Lost Boys'.

'The Lost Boys' is a 1987 film about two brothers who move to a California coastal town with their mother and soon have their lives intertwined with a nightcrawling biker gang and a young pair of vampire hunters.

'The Lost Boys' was a first of its kind. When the movie was being filmed, studio execs were asking Joel Schumacher if it was a horror movie or a comedy. He would say yes to either.

And that is because it was.

It's, in my opinion, the best of both worlds- some of the best one-liners ever in horror, coupled with music video-inspired shots and comic characters (teenage Rambo-esque vigilantes that fight the undead?) along with blood, guts and gory. (Yes, gory, not glory.)

In a modern world full of glittering vampires and emo angst, leather-clad biker vamps and sexy action is the perfect antidote, and the 80's clothing is a time capsule to some of that era's best fashion (fringed leather jackets, mullets that rock, mall rat fashion victim).

I've been a rabid fan of the film for years - even my last birthday party was a viewing of it complete with rice and chow mein noodles for dinner and wine to drink (you have to watch the movie to understand why).

I made a playlist on iTunes for the occasion- featuring the Doors, Echo and the Bunnymen and Gerard McMann, all part of the movie soundtrack. (By the way, McMann's song "Cry Little Sister" has be done a million times,and there are several really good versions, including a 'True Blood'-inspired version done by McMann. He actually has redone the song several times, I think it's his only claim to fame.)

A couple of years ago, they showed 'The Lost Boys' as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival and fellow Lost Boy fan friend and I drove to L.A. to see it on the big screen.

I was so excited the whole time - not only eating in Los Angeles, an alien empire to me since I rarely trek down and actually do COOL things, but I was going to see MY movie larger than life and experience the ultimate fan experience seeing the cult classic on the big screen.

By the time Jami Gertz flew through the screen in her sparkly gypsy skirt (that I want a version of SO bad) I was floating somewhere above my movie seat completely immersed along with the rest of the Lost Boys fans on a summer Tuesday night.

Oh my, that skirt.

A appliqued flower and yards of glittery flowing fabric - no DVD capture has released the secrets of that skirt enough for me to really replicate it with my sad sewing skills. I love her character Star's bohemian style.

And the name, although I think my husband has already figured out I would name a daughter Star and will be quick to say no.

Part of the L.A. trip was to get a glimpse at the straight-to-dvd sequel, The Tribe (which just didn't live up to any of the online hype and viral marketing I pursued along with about 12 other people in the whole world) introduced by Corey Feldman.

I even showed up in a Frog Brothers Surf Company shirt I made and not only was complimented on by other fans but got a picture with EDGAR FROG. Corey Feldman.

Corey Feldman

I know someone out there is jealous.

He makes appearances in both 'The Tribe' and the newest part of the series, 'The Thirst' (straight to DVD. Much better than the second one. Makes fun of 'Twilight'. And yes, I own all three on Blu-Ray.)

He not only was impressed with our drive out just to see 'The Lost Boys' on the big screen, he signed my DVD.

With my shiny silver Sharpie.

(By the way, his family was there and his son was the cutest! We actually stood and talked with his wife for a minute waiting our turn for a picture. They were all really nice. I felt like I made a new friend.)

Since then my DVD has gotten signed with multiple characters, including both Coreys and Jamison Newlander (signatures hooked up by my fellow fan, who trekked to San Diego just for me for some of those signatures.)

I haven't tracked down Kiefer yet with my silver pen yet though.

 

 

 

 

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