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There is not a movie in existence that can possibly be more reflective of a time period than “Lost Boys.” It’s an eighties film that’s so eighties, it’s as if the decade vomited crop tops for men, bouffants, and extended saxophone solos into a single feature-length film.

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The basic premise of the film is that two brothers (Corey Haim and Jason Patric) and their recently divorced mother (Dianne Wiest) move to Santa Carla, a charming beach town that happens to have a large number of murders and disappearances. Why’s that? Vampires.

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Kiefer Sutherland’s mullet aside, “Lost Boys” is hands-down an epic movie in general. It’s the perfect balance between dark humor and horror, driven by the chemistry between Haim and Patric as two siblings that’ll stick by each other no matter what; even if that “what” is one of them slowly turning into a blood-sucking nightmare. 

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Keep in mind, it’s not obvious who all the vampires are in the film. But the ones who are obvious vampires obviously wear lots of leather. 

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The original “Fright Night” was meta before meta was ever a thing. The story revolves a horror-obsessed kid named Charley (William Ragsdale) who’s convinced his new neighbor (Chris Sarandon) is a vampire. Unfortunately for him, he’s right.

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As things become more sinister and less people believe him, Charley eventually seeks out his favorite TV horror hosts, Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), to help lend a hand (and preferably stake). Vincent finally agrees, but only after he’s had a close shave with a vampire for himself.

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The hair and outfits are significantly less turned up in “Fright Night” than they are in “Lost Boys,” but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s any less glam. There’s one scene that involves a slow dance in a club thumping with quintessential eighties dance music and lights. Toss in a couple of shoulder pads, and it’s essentially “Staying Alive” with fangs. 

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Despite having Prince Humperdinck as its primary villain, “Fright Night” is an incredibly creepy film. It’s a reminder that vampires are horrifying creatures meant to be avoided, not people you should have romantic relationships with. 

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