The ’87 cult classic horror-comedy The Lost Boys has proven to be almost impossible to measure up to when dealing with sequels. Some straight-to-DVDs have been attempted, but none gathered as much momentum as the original film, featuring Kiefer Sutherland as the charismatic vampire leader David, and the wily antics of the dynamic duo Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. The newest plan to resurrect the franchise features one difference that may turn the tide in a more favorable direction: a comic book miniseries format, brought to you by Vertigo.
Here’s the plot synopsis of The Lost Boys, just as a little refresher:
Teenage brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move with their mother (Dianne Wiest) to a small town in northern California. While the younger Sam meets a pair of kindred spirits in geeky comic-book nerds Edward (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander), the angst-ridden Michael soon falls for Star (Jami Gertz) — who turns out to be in thrall to David (Kiefer Sutherland), leader of a local gang of vampires. Sam and his new friends must save Michael and Star from the undead.
To avoid spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the film, let’s just say that the “small town in northern California” had some major issues to address by the end of the movie; which is where the comic would pick up. A new vampire gang, the Blood Belles, this time made up of all girls, have taken over Santa Carla as they search for their estranged sister… Star.
The creative team on this project is packed with some heavy horror hitters. Tim Seeley (alum of DC’s Grayson and Nightwing, creator of Hack/Slash) is on writing detail, while fellow horror veterans Scott Godlewski (The Dark & Bloody, Copperhead) and Patricia Mulvihill (The Dark & Bloody, Hellblazer) handle the artwork. Tony Harris will be providing covers.
From the way some of the team spoke to Variety, it’s hard not to get as excited about the sequel as they are. Seely reminisced about his first encounter with The Lost Boys:
“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.”
Godlewski mused on how he’ll keep the original, iconic aesthetic going:
“I hadn’t revisited the film until after becoming involved with this project and totally understood the fascination and the reason for the devoted cult following,”
“My artistic approach to the series is all about keeping the lighter moments light so that when the blood and guts show up they hit you like a hammer.”
The comic mini series will be distributed monthly from Vertigo on behalf of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, with the premier issue arriving on October 12th. As a little parting gift, here’s the cover and some exclusive interior art from the first issue!