Like many other horror films of the time, the tone of Lost Boys sets it apart from its predecessors. The horror is played terrifyingly straight at times, with the bright orange California lighting making the vampires look even more horrific in the shadows. Still, the film is funny in a way that isn't quite comedy or even horror-comedy.
The Frog Brother are bumbling in a way that gives the Fearless Vampires Hunter of Roman Polanski's film a run for their money (oddly enough, the two went on to star as the heroes of two direct-to-DVD sequels and a comic book mini-series). This is probably for the best, as the main action occurs in the vampire-on-vampire fight between Michael and David in mid-air. Like numerous other films of the '80s, the strange mixture of straight chills and cheesy camp make "The Lost Boys an easy film to like.
Schumacher apparently had a Lost Girls sequel circulating Hollywood, as of yet unmade. But with Schumacher's new film Trespass hitting theaters soon, maybe we'll soon see a sequel a lot more memorable than the aforementioned DVD sequels The Tribe and The Thirst. You can't really blame them for holding off however. The original Lost Boys has one of the most memorable endings of a vampire film ever. Without giving too much away, it involves a Jeep, a sharpened two-by-four and the brother's perpetually drunk grandfather.
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