The Lost Boys is one of the defining horror comedies of the 1980s. But how much do you really know about the teens-versus-vampires tale? Well, we reckon you probably don’t know everything. So here’s a look at 40 little-known but fangtastic facts – featuring everything from script changes and recastings to pop culture references and natural disasters.
40. The kids were supposed to be younger
The Frog siblings as “chubby eight-year-old cub scouts”? The vampires as “Goonie-type fifth-grade kids”? Yep, that’s how the first draft of James Jeremias and Jan Fischer’s The Lost Boys screenplay imagined the film’s leading characters. Fortunately, then, everything changed when director Joel Schumacher only agreed to come on board if the pre-teens became actual teens.
39. An earthquake later destroyed two sets
Any The Lost Boys fans hoping to visit the real-life comic book store owned by the Frog siblings’ parents will be out of luck. Sadly, you see, the site was completely wiped out by the Loma Prieta earthquake that struck California two years after the film’s release. The bandstand featured in the scene where Star’s and Michael’s eyes first meet also suffered the same fate.