The Lost Boys (1987)

It’s not hard to figure out why this stylish 1987 vampire movie has endured in pop culture across three decades. Director Joel Schumacher frames many shots like he were directing a top-of-the-line music video instead of a feature, and while usually that results in style-over-substance tedium, it’s the perfect approach here. The plot is pure pulp pablum framed within the conventions of both vampire and teen movies, and it’s blessed with a likable cast that brings the rather thin screenplay to life. Jason Patric and Corey Haim are well-paired as brothers, but it’s Dianne Wiest who steals every scene as their warm, charismatic mother. The extraordinary soundtrack, which features stand-out tracks like Gerard McMann’s “Cry Little Sister” and Tim Cappello’s “I Still Believe,” is the icing on the cake.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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