Lost Boys (1987) – Revelation of Satanic Ritual Abuse?
One of the classic 80s cult films I’ve overlooked and delayed doing an analysis of has been Joel Schumacher’s 1987 Lost Boys. While somewhat of a box office hit at the time, the film is arguably more popular now than it was at the time of its release. With straight to DVD sequels and endless references in pop culture references, Lost Boys is its own little phenomenon.
However, when we consider the fact that Schumacher is a director who is apparently aware of deeper aspects of the occult, such as numerology and mind control, seen in his 2007 film The Number 23, as well as news revelations of elite pedophile rings and ritual abuse, we have justification for investigating something deeper in Lost Boys.
The plot centers around a newly divorced mom named Lucy (Diane Wiest), and her two sons, MIchael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) who are forced to move from Phoenix to Lucy’s trickster father’s cabin, the kooky pot-smoking Grandpa. Upon entering the fictional Santa Carla, Michael notices a warning painted on the back of billboard that it’s the “murder capitol of the world.” David (Kiefer Sutherland) is the alpha dog in a band of roving, miscreant Aryan vampires, who are members of a secret coven, led by cult head, Max (Edward Hermann).
I’m sure most readers have seen the film, so we won’t get bogged down in plot details, but I will argue that the film’s title itself, Lost Boys, will be a clue to the interpretation I give. On one level, the reference is to J.M. Barrie’s lost boys of Peter Pan fame, but it also has reference to human trafficking and literal “lost boys,” as we see community posting boards full of “missing child” pictures. Santa Carla is home to vampire cults eating victims, but aside from the fat cop, the majority of the numerous “missing” posters in the film are children and teens. Another key indicator is the triangle with a spiral seen on the first board, which the FBI identifies as a symbol for pedophile rings.