The Lost Boys is a 1987 American supernatural horror vampire black comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film’s ensemble cast includes Corey Haim, Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Billy Wirth, Brooke McCarter, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, and Barnard Hughes.
The title is a reference to the Lost Boys in J. M. Barrie’s stories about Peter Pan and Neverland, who, like the vampires, never grow up. Most of the film was shot in Santa Cruz, California.
The Lost Boys was released on July 31, 1987 and was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $32 million against a production budget of $8.5 million.
The Lost Boys helped shift popular culture depictions of vampires: The film is often credited with bringing a more youthful appeal to the vampire genre by making them look sexy and young. This inspired subsequent films like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.