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The Lost Boys at 30: sexy vampires, onset raving, and the making of the most Eighties movie ever

It also helped give the creatures of the night an image change that was centuries-overdue – recasting the traditional dusty old aristocrats into young, sexy, hedonists.

“Vampires are as old as time and certainly as old as film,” says Schumacher. ““We all felt very strongly that we wanted to stay in vampire lore, but to shake it up, I guess.”

“The Lost Boys was a huge turning point for vampires,” says Paul Davis, author of Lost in the Shadows. “Prior to that movie, vampires were usually a sharply dressed, debonair count or countess that, more often than not, used sex and charm to seduce their victims by night, and then sleep in a coffin by day.

“Through subsequent drafts it removed the vampires from coffins and had them hang from the ceiling of a cave like bats, and made the process of becoming a vampire evolutionary – you’re only a half vampire until you make your first kill – and essentially treated the audience with respect, knowing what the rules are and then playing with them, without being too far removed from the creation of Bram Stoker.”

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