3.09 — THE LOST BOYS (1987) and Subcultures

We kick off our Joel Schumacher mini-season with a look at his 1980s ‘classic’ (Sam’s inverted commas) THE LOST BOYS. There are…conflicting initial reviews, but we unite in discussions of being out of time, vampirism, and puberty.


Next Week’s Film
FALLING DOWN (1993): Schumacher month continues with possibly his most commercially available film (good for watching purposes).
This Week’s Media
COMING TO AMERICA (1988): John Landis, Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall
JACK WHITEHALL: TRAVELS WITH MY FATHER (2017): Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall, Hilary Whitehall
Recommendations
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (1992): Fran Rubel Kuzei, Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland
THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (2014): Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Addison Timlin, Travis Tope
BLADE (1998): Stephen Norrington, Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990): Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder
Footnotes
Rob mentions the pre-eminent vampire drama of recent years, TRUE BLOOD; for much more on this, there’s a whole wiki: http://trueblood.wikia.com/wiki/True_Blood_Wiki. These two books are both good on subcultures (the first is particularly good about music, which we discuss in passing): https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=II19ilADqGEC&oi=fnd&pg=PP1&dq=subcultures&ots=t0zG7b30Yt&sig=WwTcjQB41ychVfV8YtQXNnrCEAw#v=onepage&q=subcultures&f=falsehttps://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=OgfyekgkpwwC&oi=fnd&pg=PA1914&dq=subcultures&ots=G8PUd7Ndfx&sig=iEHptTDQpequsWSuVf6pCVjCB-0#v=onepage&q=subcultures&f=false. The IMDB page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093437) has some good info on the movie, though for its homoerotic connotations you’d be better heading here: http://www.horror-movies.ca/2014/09/new-perspective-lost-boys-homosexual-film. Finally, here’s some good stuff about vampire stereotypes (that this film was often in the vanguard of establishing): http://vampirefunstuff.blogspot.co.uk/p/vampire-cliches.html.

Leave a Reply