Springing to mind immediately are the immortal words of Tommy Lee Jones, uttered in disgust to cast member Jim Carrey. “I will not sanction your buffoonery”. If Jones does not have to sanction it, then why must audiences? Comical stuff. But that is Batman Forever, a feature that cannot take itself seriously because director Joel Schumacher dared to touch close to the Adam West influences. Icarus he is not. Flying too close to that line means there is a rift between what Schumacher wants to try out as a comical feature and what newcomer to the Caped Crusader series Val Kilmer wants to do with a performance that, if handled right, could offer much depth.
Punk certainly seems to have influenced many of the costume, design and attitude choices found within The Lost Boys. Permed, greasy hair with thick black gloves and a coat oddly similar to the one I own. It seems Keifer Sutherland has infiltrated my fashion style without me noticing. Still, style is one effort The Lost Boys engages with frequently, not just with costumes, but its appearance and ability to engage with tension and horror. That is the effective nature of director Joel Schumacher, who crafts the boardwalk-stalking vampirism with an incredibly ominous skill. He utilises soundtrack and light, picking apart the beachside resort lifestyle and the tourism that comes with it.