The 1980s was a great time for teen-led action movies and vampire films with the likes of Fright Night and Once Bitten combining the two genres to fine effect.
Few films pulled off the trick quite like The Lost Boys though which stands, 30 years later, as arguably one of the best and most enjoyable vampire movies of all time.
Boasting a cast that included Corey Feldman, Corey Haim and Kiefer Sutherland along with Jami Gertz and Jason Patric, it’s an enduring cult classic and a film that has a fair few surprising stories behind it – here are just nine of them
Joel Schumacher Almost Didn’t Direct It
Joel Schumacher wasn’t the first choice to direct the movie. Originally executive producer Richard Donner was going to take the reins but he opted to direct Lethal Weapon instead.
Even then, Schumacher was overlooked in favour of Mary Lambert who had enjoyed success on the Stephen King horror effort Pet Sematary. She didn’t stick around for long though, quitting the project over creative differences. Only then was Schumacher considered.
It Was Originally Way More Like The Goonies
In the original screenplay, the Lost Boys were actual children, similar to The Goonies. Director Joel Schumacher didn’t like the idea though and opted to instead recast the characters as teenagers. Smart move, Joel.
They Had To Invent A Fictional Town
The film was originally set in Santa Cruz, California, where the majority of the movie was filmed. But when the city’s council objected to the city being portrayed as the “murder capital of the world” producers had to get creative. Suddenly the movie was set in the fictional town of Santa Carla.
One Actress Appears In The Credits But Not The Film
The name of actress Kelly Jo Minter appears in the opening credits despite the fact that all of her scenes were actually cut from the finished film. Her scenes can be found on the 2004 DVD release of the movie and on YouTube, of course.
Ben Stiller Was Almost In The Movie
Ben Stiller may have auditioned for a part in the movie. People reported that at the 2010 Hollywood Life Young Hollywood Awards, Stiller said “the last time I saw a room full of so many talented faces was when I auditioned for The Lost Boys… it was between me, and Kiefer, and the two Coreys.” While it’s unclear whether he was joking or not, his age would make that a possibility.
The “Two Coreys” Were Born
The film is responsible for bringing child stars Corey Feldman and Corey Haim together for the first time – the two became known as the Two Coreys and were something of a phenomenon in the 1980s.
“We just clicked, chemistry for ourselves,” Feldman told Larry King about their friendship. “I’ve worked with a lot of great people through the years. And with Corey, you know, you set us in front of a camera and tell us to go and it just happens. And there’s really no explaining that.”
Both struggled with drug addiction in the years since, with Haim passing away of pneumonia in 2010 at the age of just 38.
Corey Feldman Was Inspired By Sylvester Stallone And…Chuck Norris
Corey Feldman revealed that Schumacher told him to prepare for the role of Edgar Frog by having an action movie marathon:
“Basically he gave me an order to go out and rent all of the Stallone movies and all the Chuck Norris movies, like Rambo and First Blood and Missing in Action… [Schumacher] said ‘That is your character. I want you to meld all of these guys together and make something out of it.’ So that’s what I did.”
Joss Whedon Is A Big Fan
Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon has made no secret of the influential role The Lost Boys played on the series – the character of Spike is based, partly at least, on Kiefer Sutherland’s character in the movie.
The look of the vampires in Buffy themselves also came from The Lost Boys: “The idea of them looking like monsters and then looking like people, that was in The Lost Boys, and that was very useful for us.”
There Were Plans For A Big Budget Sexy Sequel
Though The Lost Boys does have two straight-to-DVD sequels, director Joel Schumacher did once have plans for a big screen follow-up. He was keen on directing The Lost Girls, which would have focused on a group of “gorgeous teenage biker chicks”.
Alas, a decade on from announcing those plans, the project has yet to move forward.