8 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Lost Boys
When it comes to vampires films The Lost Boys always gets a mention. When it comes to quintessential 1980’s films The Lost Boys will always get a mention and we can all feel suitably old and decrepit in the knowledge that The Lost Boys is 30 years old today.
I’ll let that sink in for those who remember it hitting the cinema. I, on the other hand, was approaching my first birthday when it was released but don't worry when I hear my son asking for a “Yo-Kai Watch” and my 13-year-old brother in law asking what my “gamer tag” is I feel old too. We are not alone in the fight against growing up. Kinda like the Lost Boys if you think about it.
So to celebrate the fact that The Lost Boys is 30 years old today (and to remind people that Vampires are bad ass, chain-smoking, Jack drinking womanisers and not sparkly, emotional drama queens) we thought we would dig out some things you (probably) don’t know about The Lost Boys.
Ben Stiller Could Have Been a Lost Boy?
The Opening Scene
If you’ve not seen this film then let me ask you two questions. Why are you reading a list about a film you have never seen? And how could you make it this far in life without seeing The Lost Boys? Anyway if you are one of the 3 people on the planet who hasn't seen The Lost Boys this next bit of trivia will spoil it for you.
The opening scene on the Merry Go Round tells you in what order the Vamps are going to die. They appear in reverse order according to death. Marko dies first, Paul second, Dwayne third and David last.
Also, Edgar Frog gives you a sneak peek into how the Vamps will die. “No two vamps die the same way, some yell and scream, some go quietly, some explode, some implode.”
Michael, Michael, Michael
The Lost Girls
Ever notice how Kiefer Sutherlands character David doesn’t burst into flames and melt into nothingness when he is impaled on the antlers in the final scene. That's because David wasn’t supposed to die. The sequel “The Lost Girls” was written but never made and David’s supposed “death” was going to play a part in the next movie. There has been two “Bargain Bucket” sequels made though. Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008) and Lost Boys: The Thirst (2010.)
Corey Feldman is the only person to appear in all three films.
It won't come as a surprise that Joss Whedon took quite a bit of influence from the 1980s cult classic The Lost Boys. Whedon had said in the past:
“The idea of them looking like monsters and then looking like people, that was in Lost Boys, and that was very useful for us,”
“You could have somebody fool you, or someone like Angel seems like he’s not a vampire and then he is one.”
Not only that but the term “Vamp Out” was invented by The Lost Boys. It was later used in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The Frog Brothers
The Frog Brother, Edgar Frog and Alan Frog are a homage to the gothic horror writer Edgar Allan Poe.
People are Strange
…luckily for us. He did!
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