Thirty years ago there wasn't so much vampire angst around. Members of the undead weren't bemoaning their fate, seeking redemption or desperately trying to fit back in with humanity despite the fact they were, you know, bloodsuckers.
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Most of them traveled alone, spent their nights claiming victims in order to survive and generally just had a nasty disposition. Frankly it didn't look like a lot of fun. But then came The Lost Boys.
Released in 1987, The Lost Boys was officially described as follows: "Teenage brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move with their mother (Dianne Wiest) to a small town in northern California. While the younger Sam meets a pair of kindred spirits in geeky comic-book nerds Edward (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), the angst-ridden Michael soon falls for Star (Jami Gertz)—who turns out to be in thrall to David (Kiefer Sutherland, long before his Jack Bauer days), leader of a local gang of vampires. Sam and his new friends must save Michael and Star from the undead."
With its motorcycle gang vibe, The Lost Boys connected with the audience in a big way, and it's a franchise that has continued to live on through all the ebbs and flows of the vampire genre during subsequent decades. In fact, in 2008 it spawned the made-for-video film Lost Boys: The Tribe, followed two years later by Lost Boys: The Thirst. In between, there was the comic book mini-series The Lost Boys: Reign Of Frogs from Wildstorm, a comic book sequel to the film, simply titled The Lost Boys, from Vertigo; and, now, there is a television series version on the way from executive producer Rob Thomas, creator of Veronica Mars and iZombie. If nothing else, it promises to be unique.
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To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Lost Boys, FHM offers up this guide to the entire franchise, past, present and future.
The Lost Boys stars Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, and Barnard Hughes. The film is about two Arizona brothers who move to California and end up fighting a gang of young vampires. The title is a reference to the Lost Boys in J. M. Barrie's stories about Peter Pan and Neverland, who, like the vampires, never grow up. (Wikipedia)
Edgar Frog (Corey Feldman)
Edgar Frog (nicknamed Eddie by Chris Emerson) was a vampire hunter who lives in Santa Carla and is one of the Frog Brothers. He was enlisted by Sam Emerson to save his brother Michael from an evil gang of vampire hunters. Films: The Lost Boys, Lost Boys: The Tribe, Lost Boys: The Thirst.
Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander)
Alan Frog is one of the Frog Brothers, portrayed by Jamison Newlander in the films. He also appears in the Comic Book Miniseries Lost Boys: Reign of Frogs that bridges the gap between the The Lost Boys and Lost Boys: The Tribe. He's the brother of Edgar Frog and was the best friend of Sam Emerson. Alan was a vampire hunter until he became a vampire himself. Films: The Lost Boys, Lost Boys: The Thirst.
Sam Emerson (Corey Haim)
Sam Emerson is the youngest son of divorcée Lucy Emerson. Sam grew up in Phoenix, Arizona with his older brother Michael, where they lived until the divorce of their parents. Sam and Michael moved with Lucy to the coastal community of Santa Carla, California to live with their Grandpa because they were flat broke. Sam goes up against the vampires with the Frogs. Films: The Lost Boys, Lost Boys: The Tribe.
Michel Emerson (Jason Patric)
Michael Emerson is the oldest son of divorcée Lucy Emerson. Michael grew up in Phoenix, Arizona with his younger brother Sam, where they lived until the divorce of their parents. Sam and Michael moved with Lucy to the coastal community of Santa Carla, California to live with their Grandpa because they were flat broke…. Unlike his comic book-loving younger brother, Sam, he displays no real interest in anything until he sees Star, whom he then pursues single-mindedly. He displays no flashes of temper until he is tricked into risking his life by David. However, he shows considerable moral courage as the film develops; although he becomes entangled with the Lost Boys, he shows no attraction to the vampire lifestyle, is frankly frightened by their dangerous stunts, and steadfastly resists a concerted effort to entice him into giving up his humanity. He also gets in arguments with Sam (although those are typical brotherly arguments). Film: The Lost Boys.
Star (Jamie Gertz)
She is Michael Emerson's love interest and a member of David's gang, though she is only half-vampire, having resisted her thirst for human blood. She helps Michael, Sam Emerson and the Frog Brothers to battle the gang, seeing it as a way out of her and Laddie's nightmarish existence. After the head-vampire Max is killed, Star becomes fully human again and apparently enters a relationship with Michael. Film: The Lost Boys.
David Powers (Kiefer Sutherland)
David is a vampire and secondary antagonist in Lost Boys, mistakenly presumed to be the head vampire by Michael, Sam and the Frog brothers. He is obviously the head of the main group and is seen and treated as the leader. However, the official title is not his. Film: The Lost Boys. (Character profiles from Lost Boys Wikia)
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