In Memoriam: Joel Schumacher
Joel Schumacher directed a lot of movies over the course of his decades-long career. A *lot*. But there are only two that come immediately to mind when I hear his name. One of those is good and fitting and the other is unfortunate. Schumacher himself apologized for BATMAN AND ROBIN and how bad it was. When someone makes a mistake, recognizes said mistake and apologizes for it, that should be the end of it, and so we need say nothing more of that film. Instead we’ll focus on the other one, the one occupying the other end of the spectrum, the one that truly displayed his talents and the one for which he should rightly be remembered most of all: THE LOST BOYS.
I’ve said before that I didn’t appreciate at the time of its release just how important a motion picture THE LOST BOYS actually is. I don’t think anybody—and that includes the cast, the writers, the studio, and Schumacher, as well as the movies’ fans—understood that. It would take the passage of years before the film would rise to the prominent position it has attained as one of the best vampire movies of all time and one of those definitive 80s films that so perfectly captured the zeitgeist and ortgeist on celluloid. Nice work, Joel. Take a bow. You earned it.
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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