A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Characters are too cartoonish, one-dimensional, and often stereotypical to be seen as positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Gory vampire deaths -- stakes through hearts, electrocution, melting skin from holy water and garlic, blood, and some gore. Blood shoots out of faucets, spraying all over a house. A fight breaks out on a merry-go-round. The California beach community where the movie is set is described by locals as "the murder capital of the world." There are frequent disappearances -- bills for missing children and adults are frequently shown on phone poles, bulletin boards, and milk cartons. Peril -- a teen boy gives in to peer pressure and hangs from an iron rod below a bridge on a foggy night and loses his grip as a train goes by. There are also two dog attacks, one in which a woman narrowly avoids getting bitten, and a teen sustains injuries to his hand. There's one gross-out scene in which a character about to eat Chinese food hallucinates maggots instead of fried rice and worms instead of noodles.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Implied sex. Talk of how one of the characters "got lucky" last night.
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Infrequent use of the word "s--t." "A--hole," "piss off," "goddamn," "damn." The grandfather, upon seeing one of his disheveled grandsons, makes a joke about how "we both got lucky last night."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink beer at nighttime beach parties, act drunk, smoke cigarettes. Two teens who have just moved into their grandfather's house note the marijuana plants growing in the windowsill. Adults drink wine at dinner. A teen boy asks his brother, "Are you freebasing?"
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Lost Boys is a 1987 horror movie mixed with some campy comedy about vampires wreaking havoc on a California beach town. There are some gory and bloody deaths, with stakes through hearts, electrocutions, and skin melting from holy water and garlic, with blood spraying, spurting, and even gushing through the plumbing. There are also two dog attacks, one in which a woman narrowly avoids getting bitten, and a teen sustains injuries to his hand. There are moments of peril, including one in which a teen succumbs to peer pressure and hangs from a rod underneath a bridge as a train rolls overhead, causing him to lose his grip and fall into the foggy unknown. There's one gross-out scene in which a character about to eat Chinese food hallucinates maggots instead of fried rice and worms instead of noodles. Teens smoke cigarettes and drink beer. Profanity includes "s--t" and "a--hole." Essentially, this is a very 1980s take on vampires, with lots of punky haircuts, goth music, and "the Coreys" (Corey Haim and Corey Feldman) providing most of the comic relief through absurd dialogue at just the right moments to temper the horror. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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, and younger or more sensitive kids may be frightened.
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