Title: The Lost Boys
Released: 1987

Fix: Horror, Vampires, Cult Movies, The 80’s, The Coreys
Platform: Netflix

Netflix Summary:

After his brother drinks blood and gets mixed up with a gang rumored to be a coven of vampires, Sam and his friends try to rid the town of evil.

FYA Summary:

Teenage Sam and his hot older brother, Michael, move to Santa Carla, California, with their mom. Recently divorced Lucy has brought her boys to live at her eccentric dad’s house while she gets back on her feet. Soon, Michael gets caught up with a bad element, and they notice their new town has a suspiciously high number of missing kids. Luckily, Sam meets two brothers who run a comic book shop and may just have the answers he’s looking for.

Familiar Faces:

Corey Haim as Sam

Adolescent me LOVED Corey Haim. Here he is peek sweet and sassy kid, before everything went to hell for him.

Jason Patric as Michael

Can we talk about how this movie features not one, but TWO, former Julia Roberts’ fiancés?

Dianne Wiest as Lucy

Dianne Wiest just elevates everything and is one of the truly great movie moms.

Kiefer Sutherland as David

Oh, beautiful, young, mulleted, Kiefer. He (and the lighting designer) are so great at making David vacillate between angelic and menacing.

Jami Gertz as Star

Star is the love (triangle) interest. But Jami’s amazing 80’s hair tries to steal this movie away from Kiefer’s mullet.

Corey Feldman as Edgar

Feldman definitely has to be the less glam Corey in this movie. But he does possess some monster killing know-how.

Edward Herrmann as Max

Max gives Lucy a job and is definitely interested in something more. And I am definitely never getting over Ed Herrmann.

Couch-Sharing Capability: Snuggle Up

Hey, this movie is scary! And I’m not just talking about ten-year-old me at a sleepover. The creepy elements definitely still hold up. The take-out scene alone is why I have still never eaten lo mein. Share it with someone who can protect you from the monsters. If that’s half a dozen of your besties, some popcorn, pillows, and crimping irons, all the better.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: Beach Party

To stay on theme, you’re really going to need red wine. But DO NOT decant. Never accept wine that’s not served from its original bottle. Just trust me on this.

Use of Your Streaming Subscription: Vampires, yay!

The Lost Boys is just required viewing if you love vampires, the ‘80’s, and just awesome things in general. How can you not be delighted by a fashion time capsule like this one (I mean, Star’s sweet boho style alone)? And the hair. Oh my god, so many mullets. 1987 was really such a gift. But there are some genuinely decent performances that save this movie from being just kitschy fun. So bust out your best 1987 scary slumber party stories, and make a night of it!


Kandis (she/her) is a proud member of the Austin FYA book club chapter who loves vampires, romance novels, live tweeting CW shows, and Jonah Griggs. She’s not like a regular mom. She’s a cool mom.