Unless you’ve had your head in the ground for the past few weeks, you already know that the movie Twilight opens this weekend.
Roger Ebert seems to be on board: “This movie is an ambitious, well-acted horror movie about teenage vampires …”
Of course, that quote is from 1987 and Ebert’s talking about Twilight the FIRST time it came out, when it was called The Lost Boys. You can’t tell me you haven’t thought the same thing about this movie. I haven’t read the books (so don’t hold that against me) but from just looking at it, all the elements are there: good looking people, vampires, a hint of danger, great soundtrack. The similarities are, well, something to really sink your teeth into … though the 1987 trailer doesn’t take itself quite so seriously.
Ebert, in the same review of The Lost Boys, added “This movie follows a trend I’ve seen lately in a lot of horror and science fiction films in which sensational storylines from 1950s exploitation films are updated with good dialogue and production values and made into slick movies.” (To see the rest of the review, check here)
The more things change, huh? Let’s just hope the two Coreys don’t make an appearance in this version … though to be honest this was the only film they were good in.
But let’s be honest, The Lost Boys was totally rad (hey, it was the 80s, you know), with Keifer Sutherland in all his pre-Flatliners badness. And don’t forget about Jamie Gertz mmmm. But, if we’re all honest, the most memorable part, other than the grandpa going to see the widow Johnson, was this scene:
What stood out to me about this scene was the song. The movie featured muscled sax player Tim Capello’s version. I knew the song from Russ Taff’s self-titled album released the same year. Taff, a Christian singer, including a song from a VAMPIRE movie? It was almost too much for my teenage mind to wrap around. I just thought it was the coolest thing that a Christian singer sang a song that was also featured in a mainstream movie. (It didn’t take much in those days.)
By the way, the song was written by Michael Been of the band The Call — another somewhat Christian-friendly band. So how did it end up on The Lost Boys soundtrack? If anyone knows, let me know.