Film & Water #113: The Lost Boys


Episode 113: THE LOST BOYS

Rob welcomes his longtime pal and movie journalist April Snellings to discuss one of her favorite horror movies, Joel Schumacher’s THE LOST BOYS!

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11 responses to “Film & Water #113: The Lost Boys

  1. I was initially offended that this movie got covered and I didn’t get asked! Then I realized I should just be darn happy this one gets covered at all. Then I was absolutely THRILLED to know that it was covered by some quality people. Thanks for doing this one and for keeping me out of it. Always better to listen to other people talk about something I love than to hear myself talk about it.

  2. This was a constant renter for me and my friends back in the day, and we knew every line by heart. It was about the only “Corys” film I was into, aside from their few solo outings like Goonies. Interesting that Shcumacher changed the age range up and went for an older cast. A younger take would have been similar to The Monster Squad, minus the classic monsters, of course.

    The comic shop scenes were fun, but the dialog was so unresearched it drove me a bit nuts. Batman #14 included. It was probably the first time I saw older “cool” kids into comics in a film.

    I watched this with Andrew for the first time last year, and he enjoyed it. He got the bit with Max right away, but the Grandpa reveal surprised him.

    There are actually two sequels, both with Feldman, released within the last 10 years or so. I have never seen them, despite them being on my Blu-Ray with the original.

    April was a hoot. I hope we hear her on here again!


  3. Your reference of the film as MTV with vampires was spot on and that was life in the 80’s for a teenage girl like me so the film was a perfect campy thrill for the time and still makes me happy today. (Also with cool looking bad boys; Billy Wirth will always be one of my favorite vampires.)

  4. Thanks for covering. I like (not love) this movie. But you guys touched in the high points.

    One thing that has always impressed me is the cast of this thing. There are. Lot of good actors in this film.

    This was Jami Gertz at the height of her power.

    As for Kiefer, I also had a movie jump for him from this. I always thought that this character survived as a vampire and became the evil, bitter med student in Flatliners. I always thought that since he would be denied the afterlife, he would medically bring about a peek. That characters back story (bullying a boy to accidental death) would fit with his behavior here.

  5. I’m thrilled you covered this.

    I loved the soundtrack (MTVampires indeed)! There was also a coolness to the grungy trench coat look that I know strongly influenced a seminal RPG called Vampire: The Masquerade (ask the Irredeemable One about it).

    Also, three of my closest friends from HS ended up going to UC Santa Cruz so I was always reminded about this film when we dropped by the Boardwalk. Was clueless so didn’t know about the serial killers, though.

    That ending! Man, my friends and I swore at Barnard Hughes the end of that flick every rewatch — just the way we know his family did.

    Great pick, and great podcast.

    1. On the soundtrack:

      “People are Strange” was performed by Echo and the Bunnymen on the soundtrack, very popular at the time.

      Loved both INXS tracks, the Roger Daltrey take on “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”, and the all instrumental “to the Shock of Miss Louise”. But I regularly listened to the whole soundtrack without skipping…

  6. Love this movie, and one I came to in the 90s, as I was too young to see it when it was first out. It really is brilliantly cast movie, across the board. And while you guys mentioned Jami Gertz in a “wow, she could be good” way I found myself discovering the opposite about Jason Patrick in later years (i.e. “oh, so he was ONLY ever good in that one movie.”)

    So, was I the only person who didn’t call the Edward Herman twist the first time I saw it? He was so lame, he just didn’t ping my radar. Plus at the time I think the “invite me in” loop hole of vampire lore wasn’t particularly well known (for my generation at least, that came into wide knowledge thanks to Buffy the Vampire slayer.)

    I’m SO glad that the soundtrack got mentioned since it’s usually a thing that gets missed on this show. I LOVED this soundtrack. The song “Cry Little Sister” is a gloriously dark and alluring track. And I know this is sacrilege with some but I like this cover of “People are Strange” better than the original.

    I did see the sequel (the first one at least, they did more.) As far as those direct to video cash ins go, it’s on the better end of that spectrum. So take that for what it’s worth.

    Finally a nitpick (I can’t stop myself) Rob, I can’t help but feel like you’re missing the point of the “Batman #14” bit. The point isn’t that Sam is actually thinking he’ll find it or buy it if he did. He’s trying to out-geek the Frog’s by seeing if they even know how rare that book is, and then swiftly correcting them on how many known copies there are.

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