Cast and Crew: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Kiefer Sutherland, Dianne Wiest, Jami Gertz, Jamison Newlander, Edward Herrman, Barnard Hughes, Alex Winter, Joel Schumacher (director)
What It’s About: Recently divorced Lucy Emerson (Dianne Wiest) moves with her two sons from Arizona to Santa Carla, California to live with her eccentric father (Barnard Hughes). The two boys begin to realize there’s something not quite about the town, particular at night, when eerie undertones abound during the carnival like atmosphere on the boardwalk. The older, teenage Michael Emerson (Jason Patric) is drawn to a young woman named Star (Jami Gertz), and through her, to her perhaps boyfriend David (Kiefer Sutherland). Meanwhile, the younger Sam Emerson (Corey Haim) encounters the Frog brothers, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Allan (Jamison Newlander) while shopping for comic books. The Frog brothers proclaim themselves to be vampire hunters, telling Sam that the town is infested with them.
David takes Michael out of town and introduces him to his gang of teenagers. Michael gives in to peer pressure and drinks from a bottle of wine offered by David, despite Star’s advice not to. On the following day, Michael begins showing the telltale signs of vampirism; a thirst for blood and no reflection among others. Now the race is on as Sam and the Frog brothers try to eradicate the vampires and cure those who haven’t fully succumbed, along with Michael struggling to save himself and Star. Will they fall?
Why Watch It Today?: Celebrate Kiefer Sutherland’s birthday with one of his most iconic roles. Remember whenever Jack Bauer saves America that it’s just a front for vampires.
Funny, but you seem to have given zero attention to the homoerotic charge that pulses throughout the movie (well, just check the director, for starters).
We did the movie of the day posts to be a quick plug for a fun movie tied in to the day’s date in some way. The posts were never meant to be reviews or posts talking about the themes of the movie in any sort of comprehensive way-putting put 365 posts a year like this (along with choosing said posts) necessitated the posts be short. That said, yes, there sure is a lot of that in the film and I encourage you to write about it!