Why are vampires so damn sexy? Well, for one thing, they never grow old and they never die. Unless, of course, they are staked through the heart, decapitated, or completely immersed in sunlight where they burst into a million flames. It never hurts to have some cloves of garlic as well. However, to remain a healthy vampire… they must feed. We learned this fun tidbit of information from Kiefer Sutherland’s character David in the 1987 film The Lost Boys. It is considered to be one of the best vampire movies of all time. For that reason, join us in congratulating David for being PopHorror’s Villain of the Week!
THE ROAD TO BECOMING A VILLAIN
David’s back story is pretty vague in regards to his vampirism. We do know that he was turned by the video store owner Max in Santa Carla, though. We also know he has a tight knit clan of vampire brothers. How exactly did this gang form? The world may never find out. However, David was the ultimate leader of this small group of rebels. It makes one ponder whether he was the one who turned them. Judging by his actions, I think it is safe to assume he did.
When brothers Michael and Sam moved to Santa Carla with their mother, the last thing on their minds was a town riddled with vampires. Before long, they are introduced to David and his gang. Lucky for them, he wants Michael to join them. This is where we really see the villainous nature of David. As he goes through his initiation process, he does everything in his power to manipulate Michael. One night, in particular, the gang takes turns jumping off a bridge surrounded by fog. As they hang by bars, a train starts traveling over the bridge making it that much harder to hold on. David makes eye contact with Michael and says, “Fun huh?” It is little games like this that make David a true villain. He rules the roost and he knows it.
The Lost Boys certainly has some epic quotes. Let’s take a look back at some of David’s best lines.
“Now you know what we are, now you know what you are. You’ll never grow old Michael, and you’ll never die. But you must feed.”
“What, you don’t like rice? Tell me, Michael, how could a billion Chinese people be wrong?”
“Maggots, Michael. You’re eating maggots. How do they taste?”
“They’re only noodles, Michael.”
“It’s too late, my blood is in your veins!”
“Initiations over Michael. Time to join the club!”
“Come on, be one of us.”
David is what you would call a team player. All of his kills are a group effort. I know none of us will ever forget the infamous kill scene where David and his gang take out an entire bonfire party while Aerosmith’s Walk This Way plays in the background. Limbs get ripped off. heads get bitten into, and the dead bodies get thrown on the fire. Everything is better when grilled, right? It was quite the brutal scene.
David is a master manipulator who wants his gang to grow so he can become more powerful. This was the focus of The Lost Boys so we didn’t get to see a lot of his epic kills. However, they are very much implied. If you were to ask David himself, he would say he was an immortal and not a killer. He has a selfish and distorted perception of reality because he has to kill people in order to survive. What would you do in a similar situation? Could you handle it?
Awww! Don’t cry David! We all still love you! To be honest, I would be immortal with you any day. Plus, you are the villain of the week! You can’t beat that! As for my fellow readers, who else would you like to see be the villain of the week? Please comment and let us know! Congrats again to David who showed us just how far he was willing to go.