Good morning, Mighty Faithful of the Eleventh Chapter!!
How’s everyone feeling on this wet and soggy morning? I don’t know how the weather is by you exactly, but up here on the East Coast it’s raining cats and dogs, puddles everywhere, raindrops the size of Vienna sausages, lol
Let me start off by thanking my older brother, Albert, and some of my childhood buddies for influencing me to write this week’s Blogisode. My brother had a post on Facebook commemorating the anniversary of one of the all-time great movies from the Warner Bros. movie lot. I then started seeing all these comments – going down memory lane on parts we thought were hilarious – debates over several controversial scenes – and discussing the greatness of the original movie soundtrack. In fact, as I’m writing this Blogisode, I got one of my favorite songs playing in the background: Beauty Has Her Way. I played it like twelve times already – think I finally know it by heart, lol!!! Well, on with the program!!
In honor of the 30th anniversary to one of my favorite movies of all time: the cult-classic known as The Lost Boys – I thought I ‘d have some fun on this week’s Blogisode, flip the format around to the cooler side of the pillow. I’m going to do a movie comparison between The Lost Boys and another great movie from that same time and genre called: Fright Night. Ready? Here we go!
Fright Night vs. The Lost Boys! Which one was better? Well, if you’re not aware of what these movies are about, or have never even heard of them, both films deal with vampires. The Lost Boys had a cool, rock n’ roll feel to it with good music, lovable characters, and not to mention how funny were several of its scenes! Fright Night, on the other hand, had more of a traditional, modern-day Dracula vibe, involving a lot more elements of jump-out-of-your-seat horror.
Fright Night follows young Charley Brewster, who discovers that his next-door neighbor Jerry Dandrige is a vampire. When no one believes him, Charley decides to get Peter Vincent, a TV show host who acted in films as a vampire hunter, to stop Jerry’s killing spree.
Chris Sarandon plays Jerry Dandrige in Fright Night and immediately you gravitate towards his charm and charisma in the film, so much so that you sort of hate to see him as the villain. He did a great job in this movie, as did his rival actors: Roddy McDowell and William Ragsdale, (Peter Vincent and Charley Brewster.)
It also features Amanda Bearse, which many of you may recognize from the critically acclaimed 80’s sitcom, Married With Children.
The Lost Boys had a ton of known actors in the cast, such as teen icons Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. Also Jason Patric, Jami Gertz and MISTER 24 – JACK BAUER HIMSELF: Keifer Sutherland. (If you watched the show, 24, then you’ll know what I mean.)
And as a bonus – for those of you who truly know your 80’s culture – you even see a brief appearance by Alex Winter, better known as Bill S. Preston from the classic comedy film: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure!
Both movies have you rooting for the heroes to slay the bloodsuckers, but also have you admiring the style of the undead counterparts, including their fashion sense and too-cool-for-school attitudes. Both films have such a feel-good presence, an appreciation of great storytelling, enjoyable acting and scenes that keep you at the edge of your seat. Having said all of that, I just can’t say which one is better! They’re both great!!
As the years passed on, I’ve come to realize that, as far as these two movies going head-to-head, there can’t be a true comparison because, if you think about it, they’re two different movies. The Lost Boys is more a popcorn, action flick that has you doing more cheering than screaming. Fright Night is scarier and has a slower tone as far as reaching the climax of the story.
Fright Night appeals to the older crowd, whereas Lost Boys has a loud and in-your-face approach which attracts more of the younger crowd. It’s like comparing ice cream to yogurt: both are cold and creamy treats with lots of bold flavors, but each is uniquely made in its own way. They have different textures, flavors and contain separate additives that may not be as effective if put into the others’ recipe. Just because both movies contain the same main element in the horror category – being vampires – doesn’t mean that they’re the same film.
So! Which one is better?? Hmm…I guess it’s up to you! LOL! I know that’s a cop-out answer, but it’s true! Your personal horror movie preference will determine which of these classic movies you’ll like better. If you want to be scared, but not to the point that you’ll have nightmares for six months: watch Lost Boys. If you’re not in the mood to listen to a long rock concert with vampires mixed in it: watch Fright Night.
Either way, there is no wrong answer! Both movies are great! I loved them as a teen and I still love them now!! If you’re sick and tired of the redundant bullshit you see in today’s movie market and need a breath of fresh air as far as intriguing storytelling overpowering exploding action, please stream or download these movies! You can’t go wrong!
On a side note, let me just say The Lost Boys was ahead of its time. Captivating rock music, style and pop culture inside of a horror movie was unheard of – but it worked! That movie is a classic!! It has been replicated and/or mimicked several times and each of them sucked. It also gave birth to a new breed of vampire movies that would’ve been laughed at if Lost Boys hadn’t existed, including the #1 bestselling novel and hit movie: Twilight. A love story with vampires in it? Really?!
Thanks to the saturation of today’s culture, Twilight would’ve been popular anyway, due to constant and heavy promotion on all major broadcast stations. But, do you think people would’ve adopted the idea of a vampire love story if the generation before hadn’t accepted a rock n’ roll vampire movie? I don’t think so.
Although Lost Boys is considered a classic, this story has been repacked multiple times over the years and the one thing they all lacked was vision, a desire to break through the fifth wall. Movies back then were done with a purpose, not just to tell a great story but to have the audience engaged. Why do you think not many sequels were made back then? It’s because the movie was done right the first time. Therefore, there was no need to go back and tell it again and again and again! Fast and Furious, for example. Great franchise. Love the movies. But now they’re on their way to Part 9. Really? Vin, baby! Please! Move on!! As Jay-Z would say: “On to the next one, on to the next one!”
Nowadays, it’s all about profit. Besides having popular characters, most of today’s products have a mundane storyline, muddled and disguised by over-the-top action, sex appeal, recycled profane jokes, and four-letter words sprinkled over half of the dialogue. Why do you think movie studios spend so much money on special effects? Because their movies will suck without it!
This is the formula that’s followed for 90% of today’s movies, but yet they still wind up making money because today’s generation doesn’t know any better. They were brought up in a saturated culture, thinking more about quantity than quality. All I got to say is: Thank God for Kodi!
Don’t get me wrong, I like some of the movies today, but mostly the comic book movies – that’s because I’m a big ol’ nerd who likes cartoons and superheroes, lol!! However, a gem does glisten every once in a while that makes me want to spend my money to watch it on the big screen. Me being a moviegoer, it’s got to be damn good for me to talk about it, thus why this blog about two cult classics – that no movie library should be without – has been written!
Thank you for reading this week’s Blogisode and I hope you give these movies a try if you hadn’t watched them already. You’ll be pleasantly surprised and wildly entertained. Having said all of that, not a fan of the sequels whatsoever. Although may I add, the post credit scene of Lost Boys 2 with Feldman & Haim was fantastic! WORTH SEEING!! Fright Night 2 wasn’t needed. Never watched Lost Boys 3, so I’ll give it a shot real soon. If you still crave more bloodsucking tales of horror, crave that thirst by reading a book on vampires instead. Twilight doesn’t count! LOL!!
Have a great day and always carry your cross! Amen!
Corey Haim R.I.P.