Before Twilight's Edward and Bella, The Vampire Diaries' Elena and Stefan or Elena and Damon, there was The Lost Boys (1987). This 80s classic made being undead not just scary but also cool and sexy long before Robert Pattinson had young girls contemplating the upside to eternal life with an immortal hottie.
Starring one time teen heartthrobs Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, The Lost Boys is about some very fashionable vamps who reside in Santa Carla, California. They set their sights on the new guy in town, Michael (Jason Patric). It's up to Michael's little brother, Sam (Haim) and comic store proprietors the Frog brothers to save Michael from joining the ranks of the undead.
The Lost Boys isn't just quintessential 80s cinema (big hair, catchy soundtrack, stars who were either in the Brat Pack or Brat Pack adjacent). Like all good movies, The Lost Boys also has some enduring dialogue. Here are 10 of the most memorable quotes from The Lost Boys.
10 "You're a creature of the night, Michael. Just like out of a comic book."
Sam gets an early heads up from comic book aficionados-vampire hunters Edgar (Feldman) and Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander) about the proliferation of vampires in Santa Carla. Sam is not a fan of horror comics or much of a believer in supernatural bad guys. Then Michael starts sleeping all day, relying on sunglasses as more than an accessory, and throwing around some serious attitude. But, when Sam sees Michael's reflection fading in a mirror, the Frog brothers' warning becomes a reality.
There's no right or wrong way to deal with the news that a family member is a vampire, but Sam's bratty kid brother's reaction of threatening to tattle is oddly believable and absurd at the same time.
9 "You better get yourself a garlic T-shirt, buddy, or it's your funeral."
Once Sam strong suspects Sam is a vampire or something close to it, he turns to the resident experts, the Frogs. Edgar and Alan's motto is there's no such thing as a good vampire: brother or no brother, it's up to Sam to kill or be killed.
Sam isn't quite ready to off his brother, so Edgar's next best advice is to go old school. Twenty-first-century vampires don't are seemingly immune to garlic, but, in the 80s, the Frog brothers still labor (they find out later it's just a myth) under the misconception that it's an effective tool to help ward off anyone or anything trying to give a potential victim a hickey from hell.
8 "Kill your brother. You'll feel better."
The Frog brothers not only know Santa Carla is a "haven for the undead," but they also believe in ghouls and werewolves. This raises the question of why they would continue to live there, but that's an issue for another time.
But their primary mission is to kill vampires. Alan's suggestion to Sam is simple as well as effective, but his delivery lacks... sensitivity. It's a bit too pragmatic. It's up to Sam to convince the Frogs to help him save Michael who is technically only half-vampire. You'd think the Frogs would be up to date on all their vamp lore, but maybe their preoccupation with killing is responsible for their lack of knowledge regarding this very big loophole.
7 "Initiation's over, Michael, It's time to join the club."
David speaks this line second right before both Michael sees him and his undead minions for the monsters they are. It's unusual for bad guys to wait until the film is half over to reveal themselves, and The Lost Boys slowly builds up to this climactic moment. Throughout the movie, there's evidence that terrible things are happening, but a scary movie can't leave everything up to viewers' imaginations. Michael finds himself an unsuspecting but not necessarily unwilling spectator to a gruesome spectacle. He suspects what's coming, but he has to know for sure.
6 "You'll never grow old, Michael, and you'll never die. But you must feed!"
The audience knows David (Kiefer Sutherland) and his gang are supposed to be badass vampires, but there's only one scene in the movie when Michael witnesses it firsthand, and it isn't pretty. Michael demands answers from David, and he gets them. Any lingering doubts disappear just like the bodies of David's victims.
Vampires don't have to adhere to any moral codes or be law-abiding citizens, but looking good forever comes at a steep price, and these vampires don't make do by sipping on the local wildlife or stealing from blood banks.
5 "She's one of them! And don't tell me it doesn't make her a bad person, Mike."
Star (Jamie Gertz) arrives at Michael's after he learns why Santa Carla is the "Murder Capital of the World." Sam is still struggling to come to terms with Michael being a half-vampire, and now the beautiful girl with great hair who gets them into this mess shows up. The Lost Boys does avoid the cliches of bats and mist, but let's just say Star doesn't use the front doors or the stairs to get into Sam's second-floor bedroom.
Sam's go-to reaction remains a mix of panic and humor every time his comic book content jumps off the page, causing life to imitate art.
4 "Even though you're a vampire, you're still my brother."
With Michael growing weaker, there's no choice but for Sam and the Frogs to take control of the situation. The Lost Boys doesn't work without the strong bond between Sam and Michael.
The movie doesn't spend much time establishing their emotional connection because this is a horror movie, not a serious drama. But it's implied the two are tight. The line itself is funny, but Haim delivers it with a genuineness, keeping it from becoming completely campy.
3 "Death by stereo."
This one-liner may not rank up there with"Yippee-ki-ya, Motherf***er" or "Go ahead, make my day," but it's safe to assume Sam's reaction to a vampire's hi-fi related death will always conjure up images of the heroes of The Lost Boys making their last stand. Audiences have seen many, many vampires meet creative ends but never as the result of low-end stereo equipment.
2 "Great! The bloodsucking Brady Bunch!"
Maybe it's a twist you see coming, maybe not, but the biggest bad of all isn't David after all, and Michael isn't supposed to be the only vampire in the family. The Lost Boys boils down to being a twisted love story between video store owner Max (Edward Hermann) and Sam and Michael's mom, Lucy (Dianne Wiest). All of this carnage occurs so head vampire Max can sit at the head of the table on Thanksgiving with his extended homicidal family.
Max does his best to make his plans for Lucy and her sons sound like a Norman Rockwell painting while Edgar relies on an incongruous pop culture reference.
1 "One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach ... all the damn vampires."
With all the craziness taking place under his own roof, Grandpa (Barnard Hughes) seems somewhat impervious, choosing to focus on his taxidermy. Looking back, there are some subtle clues he knows more than he lets on: his wariness regarding joining Max for dinner and those fence posts conveniently carved into large spikes.
It's such an unexpected and perfect way to end the movie. Michael and Sam's grandfather saves the day with minimal effort and considers vampires an annoying inconvenience—an unspoken downside to living in an otherwise idyllic town.