The cast was perfect for this flick:
- Jason Patric as Michael: wonderful and believable as the kid slowly getting sucked in by the bad boys but wanting to be good, most of the others would never have been able to pull off the 'wanting to be good' part of this character. Probably my favorite thing he's done, next to Solarbabies...
- Corey Haim as Sam: One of the most prolific young actors of the 80s, next to his partner Feldman, and Lukas Haas; Haim is fresh-faced and adorable here, before he became a cautionary tale for other young actors. Probably my favorite thing he's done, next to Dream a Little Dream and License to Drive.
- Dianne Wiest plays Lucy - the mother, charming and quiet. She seems mostly overwhelmed by everything that is happening to her family.
- Barnard Hughes plays the Grandpa - who the family comes to live with. Eccentric and wise, his big moment comes at the end of the movie, up to that point, he gets some snappy one-liners.
- Edward Hermann plays Max - Lucy's co-worker who is gentle and kind and she begins dating. He comes over for dinner a few times, and again - has a big moment at the end.
- Corey Feldman plays one of the Frog brothers, who really seems to be continuation of his character from Stand By Me, just a little more battle hardened. The Frog brothers convince Sam the town is filled with Vampires when everyone else around him thinks he is going crazy. Plus, there's the awesome dinner scene where the Frog Brothers and Sam run a bunch of vampire tests on Max. Hilarious!
- Jami Gertz plays Star - seriously, Star - the girl of Michael's dreams. He insists on rescuing her, thus putting him at odds with the clique of vampires. She was also in Solarbabies, and Twister, and is now awesome on ABC's the Neighbors...well, okay, maybe awesome is high praise, but I like the show.
- Alex Winter (Bill from Bill and Ted) and Billy Wirth play two of the other bad boy vampires with various bad attitudes and wigs.
- Kiefer Sutherland steals most of the movie as David, the supposed leader of the group of vampire bad boys. Armed with an amazing ultra-blonde mullet, some wicked fangs, and a container or two of worm-rice, David does what he can to get Michael to join their group. He shows him all the up-sides of being a vampire, and boy does it look cool, what with all the beachfront saxaphone concerts. Kiefer is menacing and crazy in this movie - so fun.
7 out of 10. Gained points for the use of the People are Strange song over the opening credits..great song. Lost points for the maggots...ewww....Gained points for Grandpa's last line...awesome!
Bonus Video 1: Solarbabies trailer - hey, two of the stars are in this, so...in case you forgot about Solarbabies (or never heard of it in the first place!!)