The Lost Boys

  • Directors: Joel Schumacher
  • Producers: Harvey Bernhard, Richard Donner
  • Writers: Janice Fischer, James Jeremias, Jeffrey Boam
  • Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Jami Gertz, Edward Herrmann, Barnard Hughes, Dianne Wiest

After a strange and mysterious murder at a fairground at the immediate start of the film, Michael and Sam move with their mother Lucy to Santa Carla, a coastal California town plagued with gang activity and unexplained disappearances. The family moves in with Lucy’s father, a cantankerous old man who lives in the outlying suburbs of town and who decorates his house with the product of his hobby: taxidermy.

The center of town life seems to be the local boardwalk. While Lucy gets a job at a local video and electronics store run by a man named Max, Michael is fascinated by a beautiful young woman who he sees at an outdoor concert. After following her along the boardwalk, he sees her getting on a motorcycle with David, the leader of the local gang. The following night he finds the young woman again and learns her name is Star. As they are about to leave together on Michael’s motorcycle, David reappears and provokes Michael into following him and his cadre. They drive to some sea-cliffs where Michael is almost baited into going over the edge. Michael punches David, who merely sees potential in Michael and invites him to the gang’s lair, an old dilapidated hotel that sank beneath the ground after an earthquake.

The teens determine that one of the gang must be the head vampire. Michael, disgusted at the transformation he has undergone, joins them in an attempt to rescue Star and her young brother Laddie, also a “half vampire” and reverse their condition. The group borrow Grandpa’s car (without permission – Sam shouting permission to borrow the car as they drive by him.) Grandpa is seen making a fence and putting large spiked fence posts into the ground. The group travels to the vampire’s cave and while Michael rescues Star and Laddie, the Frog Brothers and Sam travel deep into the lair to kill the vampires. They discover the gang asleep, hanging from the roof like bats. Unsure of which one of the gang is the head vampire the Frog brothers stake Marko, one of the gang members who expires in an explosive fashion. With the rest of the gang woken by the commotion the three boys retreat, with Sam narrowly escaping capture by David. That night, while Lucy is on a date with Max and their grandfather is away, the teens barricade their house and prepare for the gang’s assault. Among other things they steal holy water from a church and fill squirt guns with it to use against the vampires. That night the gang attacks. With the help of Sam’s dog, Nanook, the defenders pick off the gang-members one by one, with Sam shooting Dwayne through the heart with an arrow, Nanook knocking Paul into a bathtub full of holy water and garlic, and Michael impaling David on some deer antlers in his grandfather’s taxidermy workshop. However, Michael is still a vampire, and Max and Lucy then appear and Max reveals himself to be the head vampire after all; the tests hadn’t worked because he had been freely invited into the house. He reveals that he had wanted Lucy as his mate and that his “family” and hers would merge. Lucy is horrified, but Max threatens to kill Sam unless she joins him. As Max is about to bite Lucy’s neck, her father crashes his jeep through the wall of the house; the vehicle’s hood is piled up with the large spiked fence posts (seen earlier when Grandpa is putting the fence up) and one of them impales Max, killing him. As the others stare in amazement, Grandpa casually gets a root beer from the refrigerator and remarks, “One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach… all the damn vampires.”

The Goonies

  • Directors: Richard Donner Steven Spielberg second unit director
  • Producers: Richard Donner Harvey Bernhard Kathleen Kennedy Frank_Marshall_ Steven Spielberg
  • Writers: Story, Steven Spielberg, Screenplay, Chris Columbus
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Mystery
  • Actors: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Robert Davi, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, John Matuszak, Joe Pantoliano, Martha Plimpton, Ke Huy Quan, Anne Ramsey

The Goonies, a group of young teenaged friends living in Astoria, Oregon, face foreclosure on their families’ homes from the expanding Astoria Country Club. On one of their last days their morale sinks particularly low due to the cancellation of their programmed farewell road trip due to Mikey’s older brother having flunked his driver’s license exam.

While rummaging through the bric-a-brac accumulated in the Walshes’ attic by their father (a local museum curator), they find an old newspaper clipping, a Spanish map, and an artifact relating to a rumor of a forgotten pirate treasure somewhere in the area. Hearing the call of adventure, Mikey tries to persuade his friends to join him in search for the treasure hoarded by a pirate named One Eyed Willie. Initially reluctant, the group eventually decides to usurp the authority of Mikey’s older brother Brandon and escape for one last “Goonie adventure.”

They head to the coast and stumble upon an abandoned seaside restaurant that seems to match coordinates set by the map and an old doubloon. With the help of Mouth, a cocky but loyal friend of the group, they are able to translate the map and confirm they are headed in the right direction. Unbeknownst to the Goonies, the restaurant is actually a secret hideout of a family of Italian criminals known as the Fratellis. While the kids believe the Fratellis are restaurant owners and workers, they are inevitably shooed away by Mama Fratelli, but they evacuate the premises only to come back later when the coast is clear. Once Brandon finally tracks the boys down and insists they return home immediately, they are met with Steph and Andy, two female peers Brandon knows from school. Undeterred with his agenda, and with Brandon being distracted by the company of the girls, Mikey continues to search for clues, feeling that he is closer than ever in finding the treasure. Data, the group’s tech whiz, discovers a counterfeit money-making machine and soon the group realizes who the Fratellis really are. To make matters worse, they find the dead body of an F.B.I. agent stored away in a freezer, and the Fratellis have returned to the hideout, though they remain unaware of the Goonies’ presence in the basement.

The Goonies barely escape and make their way out to the beach outside the cave, where they are met by the early morning and spotted by a couple of police scouts on ATVs. The group is reunited with their families, Sloth and Chunk proclaim their love for one another, and the rest of the Fratellis are arrested. Even though everyone is happy that the young adventurers were unharmed, the kids themselves are devastated at their inability to hold onto any of the treasure lost in the cave’s collapse. All hope is restored when Rosalita, the Walshes’ housekeeper, discovers a handful of precious jewels left in Mikey’s marble bag. With this new fortune, the Goonies are able to save everyone’s homes from foreclosure. The Inferno, One-Eyed Willie, and its cargo of “rich stuff” gracefully sail out of the collapsed cave and into the sun.

Gremlins

  • Directors: Joe Dante
  • Producers: Michael Finnell
  • Writers: Chris Columbus
  • Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
  • Actors: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Dick Miller, Polly Holliday, Judge Reinhold, Keye Luke, Corey Feldman, John Louie, Michael Winslow

The character Randall “Rand” Peltzer is an inventor of modest abilities and questionable success. From the fictional community of Kingston Falls, he travels to Chinatown in New York City to sell his inventions and pick up a present for his son Billy. A young Chinese boy there takes Rand to his grandfather’s small shop, where Rand takes interest in a small cute furry creature called a mogwai (which in Cantonese & Mandarin translates as “ghost”, “devil”, or “demon”). Mr. Wing, the Chinese boy’s grandfather and owner of the shop, refuses to sell the mogwai even when Rand offers US $200 for it. This is money that the Wing family desperately needs, however; therefore Wing’s grandson secretly sells the mogwai to Rand. Though the creature seems innocent enough, the grandson warns Rand that he must not let the mogwai near bright light, especially sunlight, which can kill the mogwai; must not allow water to touch the mogwai; and, most importantly, must never, ever feed it after midnight.

Rand names the creature “Gizmo” and brings him home to his son Billy, a young man who has taken up a job at the bank to provide money for his parents, with whom he lives. He has a dog called Barney whose mischief makes him and Billy the targets of harassment by Ruby Deagle, an elderly woman wielding much financial influence. Billy’s coworker and love interest Kate Beringer, a local bartender, sees directly the misery in the town caused by Mrs. Deagle’s business practices.

At the end of the film, Mr. Wing returns to collect Gizmo to prevent any recurrence of trouble. After giving back the $200 that Rand paid, Mr. Wing observes that while Western society is not ready to properly care for a mogwai, Billy may one day be so. The narrator (Rand) then ends the story warning the audience that there might be a gremlin in their house.

Stand by Me

  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Producers: Bruce A Evans
  • Writers: Stephen King, Bruce A Evans, Raynold Gideon
  • Genres: Adventure, Drama
  • Actors: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O Connell, Kiefer Sutherland

Stand by Me is a coming of age film set in the fictional Castle Rock, Oregon in 1959. It portrays a journey embarked upon by four 12-year-old boys across the woodlands near their hometown to see the dead body of another boy who was close to their own age. The film is told through the recollections of the main character, Gordie LaChance, a freelance writer. It describes how his friend Vern overheard his older brother discussing the body of a missing boy after accidentally coming across it in the woods with his friend.

The lead characters journey into the woods to find the body of a boy named Ray Brower, who was struck by a train while picking berries in the woods. Through the boys’ misadventures and conversations, the viewer learns about each character’s personality. Each of the boys, for varying reasons, lives in the shadow of their fathers and older brothers. Gordie’s talent for storytelling (as illustrated by his improvised short story “Lard-Ass”) pegs him as the most likely of the four to have a promising future.

The film contrasts the four main characters, who are depicted as well-meaning and relatively virtuous, with a gang of bullies called the “Cobras”, who are led by local hood “Ace” Merrill (Kiefer Sutherland). Crucial to the story are the often sophomoric interpersonal exchanges among the four main characters. Terms that director Rob Reiner fondly remembers using during his childhood, such as “two for flinching” and “pinky swear”, were resurrected by the film.[1]