Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1987. Warner Bros.. Story by Janice Fischer, James Jeremias, Screenplay by Janice Fischer, James Jeremias, Jeffrey Boam. Cinematography by Michael Chapman. Produced by Harvey Bernhard. Music by Thomas Newman. Production Design by Bo Welch. Costume Design by Susan Becker. Film Editing by Robert Brown.
Hilariously bad horror movie, though not without some camp appeal for the young teenage boys it seems to speak out to. Working like some sort of bloodsucking Peter Pan story, it tells of two boys, a teenager (Jason Patric) and his little brother (Corey Haim) who move to California with their newly-divorced mother (Dianne Wiest) to live with their somewhat wacky grandfather (Barnard Hughes). When they get there, they make friends with the locals, while Patric becomes involved with a gang of rough bikers who turn out to be, what else, vampires. Now Haim and his vampire-killer buddies (one of them played by the tragically funny Corey Feldman) have to stop this nest of killers before it’s too late for his brother. Joel Schumacher injects plenty of visual style into the fun, but makes no effort whatsoever to work out the completely inane screenplay and the fact that most of it makes no sense.