Grandpa Van Helsing and a Gay Teenager

Watching THE LOST BOYS at the drive-in this past weekend for the umpteenth time—that is to say, I watched the movie for the umpteenth time, but not at the drive-in. I’ve only seen it at the drive-in twice now. Anyway, repeated viewings of a movie always lead to one noticing things that didn’t jump out at him before. For example, I now realize that the grandfather character was a total Van Helsing. He knew about the vampires all along. (He just didn’t find it important to warn his family about them upon them moving in with him.) The proof, before the big reveal at the end, is him carrying that stake with him to go on his date with the widow whatsername. You find out at the end that he’d always been aware of the town’s vampires, but I’m now convinced this dude was out actively hunting them—and just never felt the need to tell anybody about it!

Also, I’m now convinced that Corey Haim’s character Sam is gay. In the movie, he shows no interest in girls. And there’s that poster of some dude (Rob Lowe, I think) on his closet door, instead of some supermodel. It just would make sense. How much of the Sam character was revealed in the script, and how much was Schumacher’s influence? He supposedly is the one who put that poster up. It doesn’t matter in the slightest whether he’s gay or not, except that, while not that long ago, 1987 was a different time, and including a prominent gay character would have been–and, I think, was–a brave move. Good for them.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.

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