For those who haven’t seen it, The Lost Boys is the story of Michael and Sam Emerson (Jason Patric and Corey Haim, respectively), two brothers who, due to their parents’ divorce, are stuck living with their grandpa in the seaside town of Santa Carla. Santa Carla’s boardwalk is inhabited by a rainbow of punks, bikers, and outcasts, including Star (Jami Gertz), a beautiful young woman who entrances Michael. Unfortunately, Star is part of a gang of black-clad jewellery-wearing young men led by David (Kiefer Sutherland), who brings Michael into the fold only to reveal that he and his friends are – you guessed it – vampires. Once Michael drinks a bit of David’s blood during a sexy rite of passage and starts flying at night, it’s up to Sam and his newfound friends the Frog Brothers (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander) to save Michael and rid Santa Carla of its undead menace.
The Lost Boys wasn’t necessarily the first ‘80s vampire film to revel in goth’s outsider status, or the one that went the hardest. That's most certainly 1983’s The Hunger, starring David Bowie and Susan Sarandon and opening with footage of Bauhaus performing Bela Lugosi’s Dead. But what makes The Hunger strong is what also keeps it perpetually under the radar of your average movie fan: the cinematography is harsh, the narrative is nontraditional, and the vampire lore is reinterpreted to be more frightening and real. It’s a movie by goths, for goths, dwelling in the darkest corner of the genre's subconscious. Watching Bowie in severe age make-up killing a little girl was just too drastic for your everyday fan in '83.