Parents' Guide to

The Lost Boys

By Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Scary '80s vampire film mixes gore with campy humor.

Movie R 1987 97 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 12+

Fine for some kids under 12 but most kids can probably watch this at 12.

There is some violence, but by today this is just funny over the top gore. there is also one racy scene.
age 12+

If you like Stranger Things....

It has many of the same elements of Stranger Things; 1980’s, kids battling monsters, some humor, some gore. It’s campy & dated but still fun and really doesn’t deserve that R rating by today’s standards. There is one brief sex scene but no nudity and nothing explicit. The gore is limited, pretty fake & shot in a quick cut stylized way that makes it hard to figure out what you just saw. And there’s less violence than many contemporary PG-13 movies. My 11 year old loved it and deemed it “way less scary than stranger things” and I would agree. A perfect “starter” scary movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (60 ):

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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