Thank you so much to everyone that joined us for Lost Boys with Wine on Friday night . .
If you're reading this then that means the Frog Bros. crew kept you safe!
Read on for details on all the wines from the evening, our ghastly gallery of photos, a whole bunch of Lost Boys trivia including some new stuff and a video featuring every moment from the movie where they say 'Michael'!
As promised, these are the Hallo-wines we enjoyed ...
J Vineyards Californian Sparkling £23 Tesco
The J Vineyards California Cuvée is an assemblage from California's premier cool-climate coastal growing regions. Vibrant and lively, this expressive sparkling wine has fruit-focused notes of Granny Smith apple, fresh-cut citrus and stone fruit that are complemented by hints of almond and toast on the crisp, complex finish. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunière.
The kind of wine that makes you shout 'Michael' 118 times in the space of two hours.
Blueprint California Chardonnay - £6.99 Waitrose
This soft and juicy white is brimming with tropical fruit character of peaches and nectarines – it's deliciously refreshing. An ideal pairing with chicken or creamy fish dishes.
A totally bodacious wine that surprised some of the Chardonnay sceptics in the room.
Mark West Pinot Noir - £11.00 Sainsbury's
The Mark West Winery has been devoted to perfecting one varietal, Pinot Noir, since 1978. Sourcing grapes from the premier regions of California where cooler evenings produce grapes with intense fruit aromatics and flavours, this Pinot Noir offers delightful aromas of black cherry, strawberry and plum. Medium in body with soft tannins, this wine pairs perfectly with grilled salmon and roasted pork tenderloin.
I could drink this on it's own, with friends or in the bath with some pork chops!
Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon - £8.50 Sainsbury's
90% average score on 189 reviews
Bold and complex, this Cali Cab Sav bursts forth with dark fruit aromas and notes of toasted oak and dark chocolate. On the palate juicy black cherry and smooth rich chocolate with a hint of spice.
After a hard night vanquishing bloodsuckers I like nothing better than to drink this on the Santa Carla beach with some BBQ ribs and burgers .. yeah!
Canyon Springs Old Vine Zinfandel 2017 - £6.99 Aldi
99% average score on aldi.com
This is just in at Aldi. Juicy and powerful, aromas of damson and prune, deliciously bramble and blackcurrant on the palate.
'America's Grape' or at least that's what they thought ..
The Americans call it Zinfandel and the Italians call it Primitivo, either way this is a radically bold wine, incredible value and one of the night's favourites.
Tony Frog's 'Lost Boys Trivia'
Some highlights from last night's trivia along with some new ones that would've been spoilers last night. You're welcome!
1) They say that someone says 'Michael' 118 times .. you can count them here
2) Santa Cruz, where Santa Carla takes place, was once plagued with the reputation of being "The Murder Capital Of The World" because of a series of very brutal murders by three different very disturbed men in the early '70s. Because of John Linley Frazier, Herbert Mullin and Edmund Kemper, Santa Cruz endured 28 murders over a 30 month period between 1970 and 1973.
3) Both the bandstand that the band is playing on the first time Michael sees Star and the Frog Brothers comic book shop were destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
4) This is the second movie Corey Feldman starred in with Keifer Sutherland where Feldman was the hero and Sutherland was the villain. These movies were filmed back to back in 1986 and 1987; they were Stand By Me and Lost Boys.
5) Corey Haim and Corey Feldman would go on to feature in nine movies together and several tv shows.
6) The merry-go-round sequence foreshadows the order in which the Lost Boys die. Marko dies first, Paul second, Dwayne third and David last. In another clue for what happens later, Edgar Frog states that "when a vampire bites it, it's never a pretty sight. Some yell and scream, some go quietly. Some explode, some implode, but all will try to take you with them." All the vampires follow these four deaths exactly. Marko when staked by Edgar screams as he dies, Paul dissolves in a bathtub of holy water causing the plumbing in the house to implode on itself, Dwayne and Max blow up and David dies very quietly and with minimal struggle.
7) David is impaled on a pair of antlers and doesn't disintegrate like the other vampires. Despite what Max later says, he is not really dead. This was intended to be picked up in the sequel, "The Lost Girls", which was scripted but never made.
Despite The Lost Girls never seeing the light of day, there were not one, but two sequels to The Lost Boys that were produced.
2008’s The Lost Boys: The Tribe and 2010’s The Lost Boys: The Thirst were both released direct-to-DVD and both saw Corey Feldman reprise his role as Edgar Frog, with the latter featuring Jamison Newlander back as Alan Frog. Both movies have a 'zero' Rotten Tomatoes score.
8) Possibly the most '80s thing about the movie, especially the opening scene, is the beach concert. Led by an oily, muscly, chain-wearing saxophonist, the concert simply looks wild.
The sax man in question is Tim Cappello, a multi-instrumentalist who spent much of the '80s and '90s in Tina Turner’s band.
9) Executive producer Richard Donner was initially slotted to direct The Lost Boys before pulling out of the project to work on Lethal Weapon. Before turning the movie over to eventual director Joel Schumacher, Donner and screenwriters Janice Fischer and James Jeremias had originally planned for a script based on the idea that Peter Pan was a vampire.
The film was meant to be a much more family-friendly one, with many familiar with the original script comparing it to action-adventure movies like The Goonies. The vampires were all meant to be teens led by a Peter Pan style leader and the Frog Brothers were visioned as two chubby Boy Scouts. When Joel Schumacher began to oversee the movie, he flipped the script into the darker, more PG-13 style movie we all know and love.
Not all of Richard Donner’s ideas were abandoned, however. The most obvious is the title itself, The Lost Boys; a direct reference to Peter Pan’s group of fellow adventurers.
10) The maggots in Michael's box of rice looked just like grains of rice. The crew on set had to douse them in lemon juice to get them moving.
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