The Lost Boys (1987) Director: Joel Schumacher

With the sad passing of Corey Haim this week, I wanted to re-visit one of my favourite films of the 80s - The Lost Boys - in tribute to him. I'm pleased to report it's stood up well in the test of time and is just as relevant, sexy and funny as I remember it.

Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move to Santa Carla, California with their newly divorced Mother and find a coastal town which is plagued by 'Missing Person' ads and punk gang activity. To be honest, the gang - The Lost Boys - look like Motley Crue but this look was very threatening in the 80s, believe me; led by head Lost Boy David (a youthful and yummy Kiefer Sutherland), they ride around on noisy motorbikes and walk into video stores looking intimidating. They also kill people to suck out their blood as we find out later on.

Michael becomes obsessed with David's sort-of girlfriend Star (Jami Gertz) - "What's your name?", breathlessly "Starrrrrrrrrrrr" - who is VERY on-trend in an 80s bodice - and David gets a wee bit jealous, wanting to make Mikey one of them. In a cave, Mikey drinks some of David's blood (disguised as wine! LOL!) and becomes a half vampire which involves him floating outside of his window and getting urges to chow down on Sam in the bath...but Nanook the dog saves the day and bites him! Hooray for Nanook!

Sam is naturally worried - "My own brother, a shit-sucking vampire!" - and enlists the help of the talented and hilarious vampire killers, The Frog Brothers (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander); I'd forgotten how much I love The Frog Brothers and they're as brilliant as ever 23 years on. The Frog Brothers are actually a bit crap at killing vampires, hence lots of Goonies type hilarity of trying to escape out of The Lost Boys crypt and - once again - letting Nanook take over to kill 'Twisted Sister' vampire in a bath of holy water.

Set to a pacing rock soundtrack - INXS, Aerosmith/Run DMC and a very oiled up homo-erotic sax player man - The Lost Boys is as FAB today as back in the 80s. The visual effects are still actually very effective. It's just all very sad that an angelic Corey Haim met his maker too young - DRUGS ARE BAD, PEOPLE.