Picks and Pans Review: The Lost Boys

UPDATED 08/17/1987 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/17/1987 at 01:00 AM EDT

Vampires are loose again, this time in the form of a bunch of punked-out teenagers in director Joel (St. Elmo's Fire) Schumacher's hilariously campy horror-comedy. Jason (TV's Tough Love) Patric and his younger brother, Corey (Lucas) Haim, arrive at a seaside town in California with their newly-divorced mother. They are staying at the house of their eccentric grandfather, which makes Dracula's castle look like a nursery school. Then the older brother falls in with the wrong crowd, thanks to the siren call of Jami (Crossroads) Gertz, who's only a vampire once in a while but beautiful full-time. To bail out his older sibling, Haim enlists the help of the outlandishly funny Corey (Stand by Me) Feldman and newcomer Jamison Newlander, as brothers who have figured out how to thwart the bloodsuckers by reading comic books. Dianne (Hannah and Her Sisters) Wiest, as the divorced mom, is a stock character, but Barnard Hughes, as the grandfather, makes off with every sequence he's in. Spookiest scene: when the gang dares the older brother to jump off a railroad trestle as part of his initiation. It's often sloppy and thinly plotted, but this is, after all, a summer movie, and if it's nothing to really sink your fangs into, it's often very funny. (R)

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