Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) has a history of putting on special one-of-a-kind screenings in unusual settings. I am always super excited by the announcement of their Special Events strand and this year I was lucky enough to get tickets for The Lost Boys secret screening, which was programmed to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary (try and not cry – yes 30 years!).
Back in the day, I had the poster, watched the VHS at least 50 times and listened to the soundtrack on repeat. In fact, my husband and I’s shared love of this film is definitely one of the reasons we got together and The Lost Boys was one of our table names at our wedding. So kudos Joel Schumacher!
We arrived at the Glasgow Film Theatre on a cold February evening to board one of six buses, filled with like-minded 30-somethings; all giddy with anticipation. With a motorcycle escort (very cool), we set off towards our soon to be disclosed secret location, chatting away at every turn off about where we could possibly be heading.
And it was… motorcycle rev… M&Ds Theme Park at Strathclyde Country Park. It was the perfect choice of location, considering that a lot of The Lost Boys is set at an amusement park and beachside boardwalk. We had over an hour to take in the attractions, rides, arcades, comic book stand and vampire face painting stall. I particularly enjoyed a romantic chips dinner on the ferris wheel.
World famous comic book artist, Frank Quitely, whose work is about to be the subject of a retropsective at Kelvingrove Art Gallery, introduced the film. He explained that he was chosen for this role due to his and the film’s close connections with comics and horror, but he admitted, to a chorus of boos, that he hadn’t actually seen the film!!! He was humorously self-deprecating about this and signed off by saying, ‘well I am not even going to say enjoy the film as you obviously will, I just hope I do’. He doesn’t seem to be on twitter so I couldn’t tweet him to ask if he enjoyed it, but let’s just assume that a man of such esteem surely will have.
We then all sat back to enjoy the cult classic which Empire film magazine describes as a “supremely watchable example of something the 80s did right”. For those of you unfamiliar with The Lost Boys – the set up is that a family of three, mum and two teenage boys, move to the fictional Santa Carla (murder capital of the world) for a new start, only to find that the place has a goddamn vampire problem. Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Dianne Wiest and the two Coreys (Haim and Feldman), the fast paced and tight 1 hour 37 minute feature is a witty and bloody coming-of-age that contains timeless one liners, eccentric characters & clothing choices and a soundtrack that just keeps giving.
“Look at your reflection in the mirror. You’re a creature of the night Michael, just like out of a comic book! You’re a vampire Michael! My own brother, a goddamn, shit-sucking vampire. You wait ’till mom finds out, buddy!” Sam (Corey Haim)