Dirty 30: Coolidge celebrates ‘The Lost Boys’ with After Midnite screening

Prepare to feel old: The Lost Boys, the epitome of late-’80s culture, is turning 30 this year. Yeah, we know, it hurts, but the Coolidge Corner Theatre is offering you a chance to ease that pain with like-minded cinephiles this Saturday (June 3), as a part of their long-running After Midnite series.

We’ll bring the tissues and a Coreys poster to cuddle with.

This movie is easily the highlight of Joel Schumacher’s career as a filmmaker, though some misguided people will argue that Falling Down or some of his other work might be more interesting. He’s never had a better control of the tone, and he’s never had a better cast to work with, including one of the most memorable subtextual homoerotic relationships of the 1980s in Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric’s pairing. Frankly, though, we still prefer Iceman and Maverick, and we’ll fight anybody who tells us otherwise. It’s a tremendously fun ride of a movie, and it’s significantly gorier and more interesting than you might remember. Also, we totally wish we could go back in time and go to the Frog Brothers’ comic book store, and just empty the shelves there — they’ve got some dope books, man.

To be fair, we don’t think that The Lost Boys, despite its iconic style, great soundtrack, and its status as being one of the best Hot Kiefer Sutherland movies ever released, is the best vampire movie of the ’80s; that honor goes to Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark, which was released the same year. But it’s definitely one of the most unique.

In fact, we’re more inclined to group it with something like The Monster Squad or Fright Night than any of the honest-to-god horror films released that decade, given that its main asset, and the only department in which we could say that it beats Bigelow’s film (especially since it’s not really trying for it) is its humor. Seriously, we think people forget just how genuinely funny this film is. Remember, the whole damn movie ends on one of the best one-liners of any decade, which we won’t spoil here if you haven’t seen it yet.

The Lost Boys kicks off a month at the Coolidge After Midnite that’ll find them showing a bunch of classics from ‘87, including Predator, Robocop, Willow, Full Metal Jacket and many more. Prepare to feel young again.

‘THE LOST BOYS’ :: Saturday, June 3 at The Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St. in Brookline, MA :: 11:59 p.m., all ages, $12.75 :: Advance tickets :: Coolidge event page