It’s the weekend. Shake off that week at work, throw on some comfy clothes, and settle in for a night at the movies. This week on the podcast we had a loose theme going: vampires. Between my interview with filmmaker Jason Krawczyk (He Never Died) and a couple rounds of vampire questions on THE, vampires were a thing (sort of). With that in mind, I started thinking about one of my favorite vampire flicks – The Lost Boys. That led me to think about The Coreys, which led me to think of other actors that oft appeared together in films.
Movie #1 – The Lost Boys
(1986 / R / 1h 37m)
S: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Edward Hermann, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman / W: Jan Fischer / D: Joel Schumacher
This, of course, features the frequent collaboration of 80’s heartthrobs Corey Haim and Corey Feldman (License To Drive, Dream a Little Dream). We covered The Lost Boys on episode #21 with Dave Backhaus, and I had a hoot revisiting this gem. It’d been well over 10 years since last I’d seen it, and I immediately regretted not watching it at least once a year. The horror elements hold up to this day; the cultural references do not (which makes it all the more fun!). From the oily sax man playing to a crowd of hessians, to the Kiefer’s single, dangly earring, The Lost Boys is one of the most entertaining movies for a genre fan. You have phenomenal makeup FX, unforgettable lines, and a touching story to start your evening. This is the Coreys’ first time together on screen, and they’re the perfect duo to lead us into our next second feature with two more frequent collaborators.
Movie #2 – Shaun of the Dead
(2004 / R / 1h 39m)
S: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost / W: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright / D: Edgar Wright
Vampires and zombies in one night – a horror fan’s wet dream! Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) are the glue that holds this “themed” double feature together. Where The Lost Boys is heavy on drama with a smattering of laughs, Shaun of the Dead more than makes up for in the comedy and gore department. Each movie has unforgettable lines of dialogue that’ll have you quoting along all night long. You could easily pair this with any of Romero’s zombie movies, of which Shaun pays tribute to, but I like an evening of different monsters. This has the perfect amount of levity to send you off into a relaxing slumber.
Total Time: 3h 16m + 10m break = 3h 26m
Order takeout noodles, grab a pint, and saddle up for a night at the movies!