Saturday, March 7, 2009

80s Awesomeness! ~ 1

Is it really a surprise that my first post for 80s Awesomeness! is about--

Ask any fan of this movie (hi!) and they'll say this movie is the epitome of the 80s. And it is. The clothes, the style, the music, the mood, it's the 80s forever immortalized in 97 minutes of celluloid. Released in 1987, this teen vampire flick was Joel Schumacher's pride and joy (or so we like to think), starring Kiefer Sutherland, Billy Wirth, Alex Winter, Brooke McCarter, Edward Herrmann, Diane Weist, Corey Haim, Jason Patric, Barnard Hughes, Corey Feldman, Jamison Newlander, Jami Gertz and Chance Michael Corbitt.

Summary:
Sam, Michael and Lucy Emerson decide to start a new life in in the sunny coastal town of Santa Carla, California by moving in with Lucy's eccentric, taxidermist dad, Grandpa. Lucy just wants the best for her boys but Sam can't get his Brat Pack fix without MTV and Michael just wants to drop out of school and get a job to help out.

But that first night on the Boardwalk changes everything.

Sam, with his comic book obsession, homes in on the only comic shop in town, owned by the Frogs and run by two teenage Rambo wannabes that are keen to keeping Sam in the loop about vampires in the area. Why, he has no idea. Those kids are crazy. If he can't have his TV, he just wants his comics.

Michael gets his first look a beautiful gypsy girl that he can't help but follow but the group of bikers she leads him to offer more than just a rough ride. She looks to ride with the leader of the pack, but there's something different there and instead of kicking his ass, the biker boys initiate Michael into their group, under the guise of strong pot, hallucinations and damn good wine.

Lucy wants a night of relaxation but can't help but notice all of the help wanted signs on the wharf. Her motherly instincts kick in when a lost little boy cries for his mom and lands her in the hands of an endearing video store owner haunted by some motorcycle punks that he just can't keep out of his store. Being the helping hand he is, he offers Lucy a job . . . and a date.

And Grandpa knows more than he's letting on. There's a reason why he won't leave his mountain home and go into town.

Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire.
This movie has created a very loyal and dedicated fan base and has stood the test of time. I've yet to meet anyone that's watched this movie and didn't like it.

Watch the trailer here--



As if the movie isn't awesome enough, it gave us such awesome music as 'Lost in the Shadows' by Lou Gramm--



And 'Cry Little Sister' by Gerard McMann (not the original music video)--



Welcome to my love.

8 comments:

kalea_kane said...

A perfect 80s film. :) I remember absolutely LOVING this film. I think my fave song was Roger Daltrey's cover of Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me. That just made it click. LOVED that soundtrack. Great post. :)

Donna said...

That is definitely a good song! Too bad they only played it at the end credits. Thanks for the compliment! I just *had* to start with this movie since I fangirl it so.

Lenore said...

I just saw this again a couple of weeks ago. It was actually kind of cheesy, but in a fun way. YAY 80s!

Donna said...

The cheese is the best part! Mullets, man. Gotta love the mullets!

Lenore said...

The mullets are awesome, yes!

Gil's Wifey said...

oh man this movie came out the year I was born and I can remember watching it over and over again through out my childhood lol I thought there was nothing like Michael and when he's hanging outside sammy's window and does the whole "you're my brother" deal...yes I swoon every time lol love that movie!

robin_titan said...

I LOVE this movie it is indeed awesome. :D

Donna said...

*squee* Lost Boys fans!

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