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The Lost Boys - Brat Pack Vampires

Fairly creative variation on the vampire story, using vampirism as a stand-in for teenage peer pressure, and mixing a bit of ‘family relationship’ humor into the story, helped make this a surprise hit of the summer. Features the 'two Corey’s’ actors from the 'Stand By Me’ movie, and brat packer Keifer Sutherland as the head teen vampire, it tells the story of a divorced mom and her sons who move to an oceanside community in California where there is an explosion of 'missing kids’. The older boy gets mixed up with a 'vampire gang’ and the younger son, along with some kooky comic book geeks turns into a vampire hunter in order to save his brother from the clutches of the bloodsuckers. Good halloween flick which mixes just the right amount of horror and comedy for a fun time at the movies without being overly gruesome. Also features Dianne Wiest in another of her signature 'Harried Mom’ roles that she would specialize in for her next several movie appearances.

3.5 stars out of 5

Released 1987, First Viewing October 1988


Remember when I said I hit the Lost Boys motherland on eBay?  Here it is.  When all was said and done I ended up with 47 different press photos and a total of 831 copies of the images.  Of the 47 I was able to add 38 of them to my collection (this is including images I may already have but in different variations).

The lot is in fantastic condition, the images are great quality (for the time) and all of the copies are studio originals (meaning all 831 prints are studio-issued copies from 1986/1987 for original distribution to media outlets, not reprints from a home printer or something printed at a drug store).  Because me and my money are tight, before I even started negotiating on this set I did the math.  The individual images in my collection now average around $13 to $15 each that I acquired over time.  Apply even the low amount to the 38 I didn’t have and watch your eyes big out.  I paid half of that for this entire lot.  No way I could pass it up.

And remember how I said it was something I was going to share?  Well, with 831 copies they have to go somewhere!  I do plan on selling some on eBay but I would like to give some away here too.  I just need to work out the logistics of that before I move forward.

This was my first attempt at picspam so it’s not the greatest but it was the easiest way to get all of the photos into one post.  I had to crop them down a little to fit but I’ll get the full scans up on Hotel Twilight soon enough.  The scans themselves are a little lighter than the images but I chalk that up to me having set the scan at 200 dpi.  It’s time for me to take a break from eBay after this.  Buying, at least.


Yerkes Observatory, Halley’s comet, 1910.

1. Yerkes Observatory, Halley’s comet (1P/1909 R1 1910 II 1909c).

2. Edward Emerson Barnard, Drawing (photograph copy) of the tail of Halley’s comet (1P/1909 R1 1910 II 1909c), by Edward Emerson Barnard, made the morning of May 19, 1910.

3. Mary Ross Calvert, Halley’s comet (1P/1909 R1 1910 II 1909c), showing division in the end of the tail.

4. Oliver Justin Lee, Halley’s comet (1P/1909 R1 1910 II 1909c), head and nucleus. Photographed with the 24-inch reflector telescope  (1 h 35 m exposure).


Tomorrow is the 29th anniversary of “The Lost Boys”! It was one of the first “R-rated” horror flicks that I caught in theaters as a kid. To this day, it’s still one of my favorite horror films. It also remains high up in my ‘Top Ten Vampire Movies’.


I cannot begin to explain how awesome this video is. It takes you on a tour of the areas where the Lost Boys was filmed, and it compares what they looked like in the 1987 film to what they looked like in 2013. Enjoy! c: