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“The Lost Boys” Had an Alternate Ending?

Long before the MCU made mid- and post-credits sequences the norm, Joel Schumacher’s comedy horror The Lost Boys planned to have one.

The 1987 vampire movie starring Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric was originally intended to have an additional sting that would add a cheeky bonus for the audiences. What’s more, at one point this planned sting was actually going to be the end of the movie.

A new book giving an in depth retrospective on the movie – Lost in the Shadows: The Story of The Lost Boys by Paul Davis – reveals that this was one of several major changes.

Davis explains:

“The screenplay for LOST BOYS (its original title – the ‘The’ was added in marketing), went through a magnitude of changes between the April 1986 ‘green light’ draft and the May 27th shooting draft. Alex Winter’s vampire, Marko, originally joined the rest of the boys in the siege on Grandpa’s house (only to be killed by Corey Haim’s character Sam, by stuffing garlic into his mouth), and Star was originally going to kill David (Kiefer Sutherland).

“Even once they made the changes in the shooting draft, Joel Schumacher admitted to me that both he, and screenwriter Jeff Boam, felt they didn’t have a satisfactory ending to the movie, and were scrambling to come up with something better during production. For example, in no draft of the script does Michael (Jason Patric) turn into a vampire – something that Patric was not thrilled about when informed three quarters of the way through that he would be hitting the make-up chair.

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