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The Lost Boys



Scary '80s vamp film. Older teens only.
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  • Review Date: November 28, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 1987
  • Running Time: 97 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Main characters are good children, brothers who look out for each other and their family. All socially deviant behavior (in this case, vampirism) has consequences (in this case, death).


Implied killing of innocent people, gory deaths with a lot of bitings, dismemberments, and impaling.


Implied sex.


Infrequent use of the word "s--t."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One reference to possible marijuana use.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie isn't suitable for kids. While not constant, there are some graphic gory moments. One is a vampire feeding frenzy and the other is the climactic scene where the brothers defend themselves and their friends from attacking vampires. Killing of innocents are mostly implied. One notable scene features a hallucination of maggots and rice.

What's the story?

In THE LOST BOYS, the Emerson family has just moved to Santa Carla, self-titled murder capital of the world, and already oldest son Michael (Jason Patric) has fallen in with the wrong crowd. Out one night he meets Star (Jami Gertz), whom he follows and who introduces him to David (Kiefer Sutherland). David is the leader of a gang of vampires and, after a hanging out, Michael unwittingly joins their clan. Meanwhile, David's brother, Sam (Corey Haim) befriends the Frog brothers (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander), a pair of young vampire hunters. When David finds out what is going on, he and the young kids embark on a mission to destroy the head vampire and return their lives to normal. Dianne Weist also stars, as Michael and Sam's mother.

Is it any good?


The Lost Boys is a fun film to watch and is certainly one of the better vampire films to come out in the 1980s. Although he might not have been trying to, Kiefer vamps it up well and is enjoyable to watch. The film works a lot better as camp than as a serious vampire film, however, parents should be warned that there are some scary moments.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about peer pressure. Why did Michael go along with the pack? Even though he later regrets it, what could he have done (if anything) to keep himself from falling into their trap?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 31, 1987
DVD release date:January 27, 1998
Cast:Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Jason Patric
Director:Joel Schumacher
Studio:Warner Bros.
Run time:97 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:language and violence

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Adult Written byuslesrcool47 April 9, 2008

should not be "R"

I am 13 years old and had a very hard time convincing my parents to let me see this moveie because of it's "R" rating. After seeing this film I was unsure of why it was rated R. There was some language, but nothing worse than the "S" word, which is used in PG-13 movies all the time. There was brief sexual content, involving two characters making out on a bed, the girl didnt have a shirt on, but you could only see her back. This film is quite gory with teenagers violently killing vampires, but with all the gory video games today, this should not be an issue for most kids. I would say this is a great movie that everybody should see, but i might caution children under 12 who want to see this.
Parent of a 4, 6, and 15 year old Written byslt208 November 3, 2010

Obvious Negatives, Hidden Positives

If you (or your teenage daughter!) are looking for a vampire movie, I think this is a better choice than the less violent but more insidious Twilight series movies, especially for girls. While Lost Boys includes strong graphic violence and implied sex, it disguises positive messages under the disreputable surface; whereas, the Twilight series movies seem benign on the surface but glorify melodrama, suicide, and self-ostracism. Some of the positive themes that can be teased out of the Lost Boys subtext involve the importance of family loyalty, the need to adapt to new circumstances (younger brother who successfully adapts is the hero who saves older brother that gets in trouble trying to fit in with dangerous crowd), and the idea that it's never too late to turn your back on a wrong path or group. After watching this movie with my 15-year-old daughter, we talked about real-life examples of peer pressure and how hard it is to stop participating in something that is wrong once you get started.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Adult Written byTV-14-DLSV Teen Boy March 25, 2012

The Lost Boys is an Entertaining Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just Fine Movie. The Lost Boys is a Just fine movie I have The Lost Boys. Even If MPAA explanation: does not include the word Sexuality The Lost Boys does contain an Implied Sex scene in the movie. This movie is Really Fun And Entertaining. I Recommend The Lost Boys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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