Star Wars Terrifying Tales pays unexpected tribute to the Lost Boys

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LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales arrives in time for Halloween while paying homage to one of Hollywood’s greatest vampire blockbusters, The Lost Boys.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales, now streaming on Disney +.

Sometimes the strangest couples can make the best companions. New LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales does just that with one of the most iconic movies of the 1980s. Now airing on Disney +, the 45-minute adventure arrives just in time for Halloween with a fun spin on one of the most famous creature features of the time, The lost boys.

LEGO’s animated new story features Poe Dameron and BB-8 crashing into Mustafar, where they visit the “Sith-inspired all-inclusive luxury resort” at Castle Vader. It is there that Vader’s servant, Vaneé, tells them three frightening stories, including “Dueling Monstrosities”, “The Wookiee’s Paw” and “The Lost Boy”. All the stories borrow elements from other folk tales and Star wars themes, giving a good mix of the unexpected with some familiar tropes.


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During the title “The Lost Boy,” the segment sees a young Ben Solo encounter a much spookier (albeit LEGO) version of the Knights of Ren. The short edit begins just as the scene unfolds in the film, with jumps in the back of a motorbike or speeder bike. It even makes an almost faithful adaptation of one of the iconic scenes from the blockbuster when the horde of recruiting vampires is suspended under a train bridge before plummeting into the misty abyss below. They even chant “Kylo … Kylo … Kylo”, just to put an exclamation point on the stage’s faithful tribute to The lost boys.

The best part is how it all comes together, with the required saxophone soundtrack, with a Bith playing wood by a campfire. It’s a magical and hilarious tribute to the original film. Clearly, Terrifying tales” creators have affection and a strong appreciation for The lost boyscontinued impact on pop culture.

Before giving Bruce Wayne rubber nipples and his own credit card in Batman forever, director Joel Schumacher had a much more hardcore take on the concept of mixing people and bats onscreen with his 1987 vampire film, The lost boys. The film was a big twist from the genre’s typical campy offerings, mixing the angst of ’80s teenagers with a much darker, spooky, and sinister take on vampires.

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Tribute to the Lost Boys in LEGO Star Wars Terrfying Tales

The horror film is a dark, spiraling story of self-destruction as the characters are led to the temptation to escape life and find acceptance from their peers. Partially inspired by Peter Pan’s Lost Boys (vampires don’t get old either) from JM Barrie’s literary classic, the film was filled with current and future stars like Kiefer Sutherland, Dianne Wiest, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Jami Gertz and Alex. Winter, Just to name a few. So the fact that the film still resonates with such force that it is referenced more than 30 years later is testament to its legacy.

This latest LEGO vacation-themed special maintains Disney’s recent surge of well-received reimagining of the George Lucas-inspired universe. In the wake of his well-received new anthology series, Star Wars: Visions, this latest offering has a lot of fun at the expense of the brand while sprinkling enough outside references to strike a good balance between nod to the past and exploring a new future.

To see The Lost Boys parody firsthand, LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales is now streaming on Disney +.

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