When Joel Schumacher stepped on board to direct The Lost Boys (1987), he was already an expert in the art of the decade-defining time-capsule film, having helmed St. Elmo’s Fire just two years earlier. And although The Lost Boys takes a less literal approach to conveying the struggles of teendom than Schumacher’s previous work (it features a gang of mullet-headed vampires, for one), it seemed to speak to the teenaged John Hughes rom-com audience about their big-haired, Jim Morrison-infused, rebellious world in an authentic way.
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