Who would of thought that the man single-handedly responsible for destroying the original Batman series was the same man behind one of the best vampire entries of all time? Joel Schumacher brings us the tale of two brothers that fall prey to a gang of teen vampires that are terrorizing the town of Santa Carla, and must enlist the help of a pair of unlikely vampire hunters to save the town and themselves. Everything in this film works, from the creative camera and FX work, to the superb acting, to the simple coastal setting that is turned into a dark and atmospheric dreamscape. It was years before I drew the connection with Peter Pan, but the exchanges between the classic vampire elements and the childhood characters make for an excellent modern horror fantasy. Like Near Dark, Vamp, and countless other 80s entries, The Lost Boys updates many of the classic conventions of the undead without the cheesy cliches or cloaks. The film also contrasts innocent and disarming scenes with clever humor against extremely chilling sequences, and though most of it functions as a safe children's horror entry, it proves to be frightening to even the most seasoned horror vet. Its impossible to find fault in this staple 80s classic, and The Lost Boys serves as an example of horror perfection. Well, there is one fault. The dude playing the saxophone is pretty dated. Other than that, it is timeless.