If you grew up in the ’80s and ’90s and have a deep love for all things vampiric, chances are that love began with the 1987 teen horror flick The Lost Boys. The Joel Schumacher-directed movie starred Jason Patric and Corey Haim as teenage brothers who move to the sleepy (but run by badass biker-vampires) California town of Santa Carla (in reality, a barely disguised Santa Cruz) with their newly single mom, played by Dianne Weist. Now the folks at DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint are finally giving fans the sequel to The Lost Boys they deserve, in comic book format.
According to Variety, the new comic mini-series will feature the surviving characters from the film, and is being crafted by writer Tim Seeley (Nightwing) and artists Scott Godlewski (The Dark & Bloody) and Patricia Mulvihill (Hellblazer), with covers by Starman artist Tony Harris. The creative team promises to deliver “a gruesome and stylish return to the bloody boardwalks and big hair of 1987.”
The movie was a surprise hit when it came out in the summer of ’87, and a 13-year old me may have snuck in a few times to see it while paying for a ticket to see Innerspace. The VHS became one of Warner Brothers highest selling tapes for years, and yet no official sequel was ever made, despite years of rumors (and no, I’m not counting the cheap straight-to-DVD sequels that came out about ten years ago, that only featured Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander from the original cast. Let’s just not talk about those).
Anywho, you can see Harris’ cover for the first issue below:
According to the official description, in this new miniseries:
“Santa Carla, California, is on edge. The eccentric coastal town and haven for the undead was finally returning to ‘normal’ after its last supernatural scuffle left the local vampire coven’s leader dead and gave newcomers Michael and Sam Emerson a housewarming both violent and bizarre. Now the brothers must once again team up with militant vampire hunters Edgar and Allan Frog as a new gang of ruthless, stunning, life-sucking nightcrawlers known as the Blood Belles emerges from the aftermath to collect Michael’s love interest and their lost sister, Star (played by Jami Gertz in the film).”
In a statement, writer Tim Seeley said, “I saw The Lost Boys at a formative time in my life, when a VHS, a VCR and a summer afternoon were a perfect escape into a crazy world of biker vampires with mullets and monster-fighting hippy grandpas. The Lost Boys was one of my entry points into the horror genre, and I’ve been fascinated ever since. Getting the chance to write a sequel to the film, featuring the original characters, and getting to work with Scott, Patricia and Tony is truly a high point in my comic book-making career.”
The first issue of The Lost Boys hits on October the 12th, just in time for the Halloween season. You can check out preview pages from issue #1 in our gallery below:
Are you excited for a return to the vampire infested beaches of Santa Carla? Let us know your thoughts down below in the comments.
Images: Warner Brothers / DC Comics – Vertigo