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Behind the Scenes of: The Lost Boys (1987)

Behind the scenes of: The Lost Boys (1987)

In light of the upsetting news that one of our favourite 80s movies is to be the latest victim of a remake, I thought it was only fitting that this weeks “Behind the scenes of:” post should be about one of the greatest vampire movies ever made. 🙌

During my enthusiastic search through the gutters of Google images I found several photos that caught my attention. I usually only choose one but in this case I thought I’d post all of them. 🤷‍♂️

Also, here’s a bit of Trivia:

If you weren’t already aware, The Lost Boys was originally intended to be a “family friendly” vampire movie with a kind of “Goonies” feel. It was also going to be based around the Peter Pan idea of a group of young boys who never grow up (hence the title “The Lost Boys“).

The late Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon, The Goonies) was set to direct and the vampire characters were to be of a much younger age (around 13 or 14) with the Frog brothers being "chubby 8 year old Cub Scouts". The character of Star was also going to be a young boy.

When Donner became busy with other projects he stepped down as director but stayed on as executive producer and Joel Schumacher (St. Elmo’s Fire, Batman Forever) took over directing duties on the insistence that the script be re-worked for an older audience.

What a different film it could’ve turned out to be! 😳

Cory Haim and Jason Patric.

I only found out recently that after meeting on the set of The Lost Boys, Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric became close friends (even best friends). This all changed a few years later however when three days before they were due to be married in a big Hollywood style ceremony, Sutherland’s then-fiancé Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman) called the whole thing off and ran off to Ireland with his best bud, Jason Patric. 😧

The love affair, as it happens was short lived but it ended the friendship between the two Lost Boys actors - well, for almost 20 years that is.

Fortunately after meeting up again some time in the mid-2000s the two estranged friends talked out what happened and decided to put it all behind them. They even went on to star in a Broadway play together written by Patric’s father, actor and writer Jason Miller (Father Damien Karrass from The Exorcist).

Earlier this year they appeared together on the Michael Rosenbaum podcast, “Inside of You” where they discussed the whole thing and put it all to bed.

Just goes to show what you can miss because this was news to me! 🤯


Daywalkers! Alex Winter and Kiefer Sutherland. Don't eat the crew!

Kiefer Sutherland

Brooke McCarter getting ready for the bath tub scene.

Kiefer Sutherland having a smoke while hanging around between takes…

Bill…I mean Alex Winter and Kiefer Sutherland.

They weren’t actually flying you know…

Back in the late 80s when the film was made they didn’t have some of the more advanced CGI or make up effects that are available now. As a result the vampire actors had to wear excruciatingly uncomfortable glass contact lenses to give them that terrifying “firey eyed” look.

The scene where David’s hand gets burnt by sunlight after Marco’s death, and a single tear runs down his face wasn’t just good acting from Sutherland. His eyes were so sore from the contact lenses that they watered and that tear was just a really fortunate accident.

Filming the bridge scene.

“Michael, you’re one of us. Let Go!”


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