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Behind-The-Scenes Details From 'The Lost Boys,' The Film That Made Vampires Glamorous

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"Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire."

In 1987, The Lost Boys was headlined by a hot, young cast, including the first team-up of the "two Coreys," as well as Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, and Alex Winter. The film forever altered the idea of the bloodsucker in popular culture and inspired cult classic phenoms, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A modest hit in theaters, The Lost Boys sank its fangs into the burgeoning home video market, where it became a cult hit for Warner Bros., thanks to its sexy vampires, of-the-moment soundtrack, beach boardwalk setting, '80s humor, and unforgettable style. 

In a lot of ways, though, The Lost Boys was a film that was made on the fly (no pun intended), with things changing almost daily as production went on, and a bunch of young actors cooped up together in a Santa Cruz hotel that some cast members compared to a constant rave. As a result, the film we got was almost very different more than once, as you'll see in these anecdotes from behind-the-scenes of everyone's favorite teen vampire movie.

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  • Joel Schumacher Lobbied Unsuccessfully To Get A ‘Lost Girls’ Sequel Made

    The Lost Boys did well in theaters but was a huge hit on home video, prompting producer Richard Donner and Warner Bros. studios to look at the possibility of a sequel. Director Joel Schumacher, who had been the one to propose the idea of the vampires sleeping in a ruined hotel that had crumbled into the San Andreas Fault, initially suggested a prequel set during the earthquake of 1906. When that didn't fly, he instead proposed a Lost Girls movie with "Drew Barrymore and Rosanna Arquette on motorcycles. I wanna see that movie!"

    Sadly, neither version ever went before the cameras, and while The Lost Boys later got a pair of lackluster direct-to-video sequels, the Lost Girls idea was suitably lost to history.

  • Makeup Designers Created ‘Subtle’ Vampire Dentures To Look Like Pearls

    "I've hired these sexy, young kids," director Joel Schumacher told makeup effects artist Greg Cannom. "I don't want monsters."

    Cannom was tasked with rebranding vampires for the '80s, helping to create the distinctive looks we associate with The Lost Boys. This included subtle makeup effects inspired by a faded, old photograph of a tennis player, striking contacts that were so hard and uncomfortable that they actually caused Kiefer Sutherland to shed an onscreen tear that got used in the film, and "understated and delicate" fangs. "I really tried to make the teeth look like pearls," Cannom explained, working back through his process. The dentures, which hooked over the actors' real teeth, had wire supports along the gum line to help them hold up.

  • Ben Stiller Apparently Auditioned To Be A Lost Boy

    "Last time I saw a room full of so many talented faces was when I auditioned for The Lost Boys," Ben Stiller joked at the 12th Annual HollywoodLife Young Hollywood Awards in 2010. While the cast of The Lost Boys ended up including Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Alex Winter, Jami Gertz, and Coreys Haim and Feldman, Stiller apparently didn't make the cut.

    "It was between me, and Kiefer, and the two Coreys," Stiller told the crowd back in 2010, though we don't know for sure what part Stiller was actually auditioning for.

  • The Film Originally Had A Post-Credits Scene In The Vampires’ Lair

    The ending of The Lost Boys is already pretty memorable, with Grandpa's memorable last line about what he never could stomach about Santa Carla, but apparently, the script originally also had a post-credits sequence that was never filmed. While post-credits sequences are de rigueur these days, they were a rarity back in the '80s. In it, viewers would have been taken back into the subterranean hotel lair of the vampires, where we would see a mural from the early 1900s, depicting master vampire Max, surrounded by a group of young boys who, presumably, became the film's eponymous Lost Boys.

    This sequence would have tied in nicely with Joel Schumacher's proposal for a prequel featuring the earthquake of 1906, which is what plunged the hotel into the San Andreas Fault in the first place.