The Week in Horror: Farewell to Joel Schumacher

Welcome back to your weekly roundup of horror news, but sadly a major loss has eclipsed everything. We lost director Joel Schumacher to cancer on Monday, June 22nd, at the age of 80.

I can’t say I loved every film he ever made, but you have to admire the breadth of diversity in his filmography; from music videos and TV movies to thrillers, comedies, and dramas. But for us horror fans, Schumacher is the director of The Lost Boys. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love that 1987 rock and roll vampire flick, that really captured that hip MTV vibe, back when MTV was actually hip. The Lost Boys truly was a very cool film with a number of great leads-Keifer Sutherland, Jason Patrick, The Corys…It was a perfect movie for its time and a gateway for many a budding horror fan.

Three years later Schumacher would take us on an even darker journey in Flatliners, reuniting with Sutherland, who acted his ass off against heavy hitters like Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, and Oliver Platt. I love this movie, yes, even more than The Lost Boys.

Joel Schumacher didn’t return to horror very often, usually leaning more towards thrillers or character dramas and of course the much-maligned Batman films (I wish he’d returned to the aesthetics of Flatliners, seriously, I wrote a lengthy essay about the conflicting aesthetics and how he could have changed comic book movies forever). Anyway, its a great loss, but he has left behind plenty of cinematic journeys for us to take again and again. Rest easy, chief.


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