Thirty-five years ago – long before that Dusk, True bloodor Interview with the vampire – it was The Lost BoysJoel Schumacher’s 1987 vampire classic starring Corey Feldman and Haim, Jason Patric, Jami Gertz, Dianne Wiest, Alex Winter, and of course an 18-year-old Kiefer Sutherland as the fearsome bloodsucking, scene-stealing biker David.
The film set the bar for vampire chic – in part due to its hip soundtrack and Sutherland’s platinum punk persona – but it’s one that’s long been lost Lost boys scene which, more than three decades later, still hasn’t seen the light of day, so to speak, because it was “a bit too violent and crude”.
“There was one scene that didn’t actually make the movie that I was really, really excited about — mainly because it was so violent that I couldn’t believe we did it,” Sutherland tells Yahoo Entertainment. “It’s like in the movie – they cut around it – but there was a guy on a beach and he was bald and they’d made a prosthetic out of his head. And the part of the scene that I loved the most was literally, it was like a cake: I ate the whole back of his head and the blood just flowed everywhere. I had been told to just smile like a kid eating cake and those two pictures were so terrifying and scary.”
Speaking of his rocker image in the film, Sutherland reveals that it was inspired by one of the great peroxided post-punk stars of the 1980s, Billy Idol. “It’s actually a funny story. Joel Schumacher wanted me to have long hair, and I had long hair at the time, and then he wanted it white, a timeless kind of thousand-year-old look. So I dyed it white and my hair was normally long, like long everywhere. And I just looked like a wrestler! I hated it,” chuckles the actor/singer-songwriter. “And I was just like, ‘That’s terrible.’ And Billy Idol had just come out … and he saw cool. I mean, he just looked hideous. So I thought, ‘Well, he’s got white hair. It can look really cool. But Joel wanted my hair long. So I actually think I may have been responsible, or at least partially responsible, for creating the mullet. And for that I will apologize to death.”
After Sutherland convinced the on-set hairdresser to cut the top of his hair on the second day of the film’s shoot, he had some apologies to make to Schumacher. “He wasn’t thrilled about it,” Sutherland recalls with a laugh. “But I’ve done five films with Joel, so we’ve joked about it later. … I think [David] The character looks really cool, but it was a complete accident that it all happened.”
David’s appearance was a perfect complement to the edgy soundtrack — “one of the first,” Sutherland notes proudly — that featured Roger Daltrey covering Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” Echo & the Bunnymen doing a beam Manzarek-produced version of the Doors’ “People Are Strange”, and two collaborations between INXS and Cold Chisel’s Jimmy Barnes.
“Stylistically it made a real mark at the time and it has stood the test of time – and it’s a real tribute to Joel Schumacher,” says Sutherland. “The soundtrack was also very innovative and it tried to teach the film industry that music can not only help you make your film great, but it can help you sell it and it can act as a partner with you. And it was a really exciting time. And like you said, everybody picked it up after that.”
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