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Monstervision Presents

The Lost Boys (1987)

You don't need a TV if you've got TV Guide

Hey, I'm Joe Bob Briggs for the big game (Superbowl 1997), and I've got the biggest, weirdest tailgate party in town. I got sixteen hours of back-to-back monster movies. We got killer robots, teenage vampires, good witches / bad witches, even the devil himself will make an appearance [clip: Look at me, Damien]. So get that Laz-E Boy into position. I do not want to have to tell you a second time.

Great ending on "The Lost Boys," right? Hard to do those endings, cause we've gotten so wised-up about horror movies. We know that whatever that first ending is, that's not the REAL ending. But we get THREE giant surprise endings in this one: First, the way that Kiefer Sutherland is killed - we got those million dollar special effects vampire killings at the end, they were done by the same people that did Goonies. Then we have Max revealed as the real head vampire. And then, we have Grampa revealed as the ultimate vampire hunter. And they've manipulated us so well, that both of those surprise endings are very, very satisfying. I don't know why people dumped on this movie so much, cause I think it's pretty dang good.

OK. We've got two more movies left in the TNT Superbowl MonsterVision Marathon, but um, has the Game even started yet? What time does the Game start? Are they at least praying yet?

Wes Craven comin' up. Deadly Friend. This movie is every bit as disgusting as Nightmare On Elm Street, which Wes Craven made, but it's not quite as scary. It's basically a "Breakfast Club" version of Bride of Frankenstein, if you can figure that out, with this kid who comes to town hauling an artificial brain robot named Beebee, then the girl next door gets bashed down the stairs by her slimehead father, the kid sticks a robot brain in the girl, steals her body, tries to get his new girlfriend / monster to stop killing all the nieghbors and grabbing biker gangs between the legs. Continue

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Quotes & Trivia (Courtesy of the Internet Movie Database) from The Lost Boys

David: How are those maggots?
Michael Emerson: Huh?
David: Maggots, Michael. You're eating maggots. How do they taste?

David: It is too late, my blood is in your veins.
Michael Emerson: So is mine!

Grandpa: If you read the T.V. Guide, you don't need a T.V.

Max: Don't ever invite a vampire into your house, you silly boy. It renders you powerless.
Sam Emerson: Did you know that?
Edgar Frog: Sure. Everyone knows that.

David: Now you know what we are, now you know what you are. You'll never grow old, Michael, and you'll never die. But you must feed!

Edgar Frog: The bloodsucking Brady Bunch!

Edgar Frog: Where the hell are you from? Krypton?

Edgar Frog: You think you really know what's happening here, don't you? Well, I'll tell you something, you don't know shit, buddy.
Alan Frog: Yeah? You think we just work at a comic book store for our folks, huh?
Sam Emerson: Actually I thought it was a bakery.
Edgar Frog: This is just a cover, we're dedicated to a higher purpose. We're fighters for truth, justice, and the American way.

Grandpa: Hey, anything around here that might pass for aftershave?
Sam Emerson: How about some Windex, Grandpa?
Grandpa: Yeah, yeah, let me try some of that.
Michael Emerson: You have a big date tonight, Grandpa?
Grandpa: I'm going to drop my handiwork by the widow Johnson.
Michael Emerson: What'd ya stuff for her? Mr. Johnson?

Sam Emerson: Look at your reflection in the mirror. You're a creature of the night Michael, just like out of a comic book! You're a vampire Michael! My own brother, a goddamn, shit-sucking vampire.

Edgar Frog: You did the right thing by calling us. Does your brother sleep a lot?
Sam Emerson: Yeah, all day.
Alan Frog: Does the sunlight freak him out?
Sam Emerson: Uh, he wears sunglasses in the house.
Edgar Frog: Bad breath, long fingernails?
Sam Emerson: Yeah, his fingernails are a little bit longer, um, he always had bad breath though.
Alan Frog: He's a vampire all right.
Edgar Frog: All right, here's what you do, get your self a good sharp stake and drive it right through his heart.
Sam Emerson: I can't do that, he's my brother.
Alan Frog: OK, we'll come over and do it for you.
Sam Emerson: No!
Edgar Frog: You'd better get yourself a garlic T-shirt, buddy, or it's your funeral.

Sam Emerson: And then his dog started chasing my mom like the hounds of hell in "Vampires Everywhere."
Edgar Frog: We've been aware there's some very serious vampire activity in this town for some time.
Alan Frog: Santa Carla's become a haven for the undead.
Edgar Frog: As a matter of fact, we're almost certain ghouls and werewolves occupy high positions at city hall.
Alan Frog: Kill your brother, you'll feel better.

Alan Frog: Aaaaaah! Flies!
Edgar Frog: We're on the right trail. Flies and the undead go together like bullets and guns. Come on.

Sam Emerson: What's that smell?
Edgar Frog: Vampires, my friend, vampires.

Alan Frog: We don't ride with vampires.
Sam Emerson: Fine, stay here.
Edgar Frog: We do now.
Alan Frog: Yeah.

[the car accelerates, almost driving over a cliff] Sam Emerson: Burn rubber does not mean warp speed!

Edgar Frog: I think I should warn you all, when a vampire bites it, it's never a pretty sight. No two bloodsuckers go the same way. Some yell and scream, some go quietly, some explode, some implode, but all will try to take you with them.

Edgar Frog: Are you OK?
Sam Emerson: I nailed one of them downstairs with a bow and arrow.
Alan Frog: All right, Sam!
Edgar Frog: We trashed the one that looks like Twisted Sister.
Alan Frog: Totally annihilated his night-stalking ass!
Edgar Frog: Well, Nanook helped a little.
Alan Frog: Death to all vampires!
Edgar Frog: Maximum body count!
Edgar Frog: They're awesome monster bashers!
Alan Frog: The meanest!
Edgar Frog: The baddest!

Alan Frog: Notice anything unusual about Santa Carla yet?
Sam Emerson: No, it's actually a pretty cool place... if you're a Martian!
Edgar Frog: Or, a vampire!
Sam Emerson: You guys sniffin' on newsprint or somethin'?

Alan Frog: There's our number on the back. And pray you never need to call us.
Sam Emerson: I'll pray I never need to call you.

Sam Emerson: Don't kill me, Mike. I'm basically a good kid.

Paul: You killed Marko!
Edgar Frog: Yeah, and you're next!
Paul: No, you're next! [sees garlic in the bathtub] Ha-ha! Garlic don't work, boys!

Sam Emerson: My own brother a goddamn, shit-sucking vampire! Oh, you wait 'til mom finds out buddy.

* The title of the film is a reference to the companions of Peter Pan, who remained forever young.
* The amusement park scenes were filmed at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California. This is the same park that appeared in Brotherhood of Justice (1986, also starring Sutherland). The Boardwalk also was seen in the Dirty Harry sequel Sudden Impact (1983) and Harold and Maude (1971).

* The movie was originally written as a bunch of Goonie-type 5th-6th grade kid vampires". Joel Sheumacher liked the title but hated the concept, so he changed it.

* Although the movie is clearly set in Santa Cruz, Ca (the Boardwalk and Pier are featured in several scenes) the city name given in the film is the-as far as I know-fictional Santa Carla. Apparently the Santa Cruz chamber of commerce was not keen on reviving the "Murder capital" moniker, which had been hung on Santa Cruz during a serial killer's rampage in the 70s.

* Both Corey Feldman, who plays Edgar Frog, and Barnard Hughes, who plays Grandpa, share the same birthday, July 16th.

* David is impaled on a pair of antlers and doesn't disintegrate like the other vampires. Despite what Max later says, he is not really dead. This was intended to be picked up in the sequel, which was scripted but never made.

* This movie invented the phrase "vamp out", which has passed into common usage on Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

* Keenan Wynn and John Carradine (a veteran of vampire films) were both original choices for Grandpa. Wynn died right before filming and Carradine was too ill.

* The movie didn't originally end on a joke. After the scene with Grampa at the refrigerator, it was supposed to cut to the surviving Lost Boys regrouping in the sunken hotel. The last shot was of a mural on the wall, made in the early 1900's, with Max in it - looking exactly the same as he did today.

* Executive producer Richard Donner (The Omen) originally intended to direct the movie himself. After Richard Donner passed on directing, Mary Lambert, was brought in, but left due to "creative differences".

* Kiefer Sutherland was only meant to wear the black gloves he wears as David when riding the motorbike. However, while messing around on the bike behind-the-scenes, he fell off, braking his arm so he had to wear the gloves through the whole movie to cover his cast.

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