RIP Lost Boys Actor, Brooke McCarter

Brooke McCarter may not be the most recognizable name in the horror genre, but fans of THE LOST BOYS know exactly who this actor is. McCarter played Paul, one of the vampires of that iconic 1987 film, alongside the fantastic cast including Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes, Edward Herrmann, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Alex Winter, and Corey Feldman. THE LOST BOYS was my generation’s TWILIGHT except… ya know, THE LOST BOYS was actually a great and watchable film. In it, a family moves to a new town where they discover that the entire area is a haven for vampires. The film touched on such themes as teen angst, feeling cast aside by society, and having strong family ties. But what made this film such a classic is that it was scary and had great actors and a fantastic script. One of the more memorable characters was Brooke McCarter’s Paul. He was as ferocious as he was a “heart throb,” and when he wanted to, he really put a chill up your spine.

McCarter died this past Tuesday at age 52 from a genetic liver condition.

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McCarter didn’t have a long acting career. According to his website, he left Hollywood in 1998 to pursue a career in the telecommunications industry. Besides his hugely influential role in THE LOST BOYS, McCarter appeared in TV shows THE TWILIGHT ZONE and ROUTE 66, and prior to THE LOST BOYS appeared in the skateboarding film THRASHIN’, which also starred a teenage Tony Hawk, Josh Brolin and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But although he left Hollywood behind, he was dedicated to attending many horror conventions and signing autographs and taking pictures with his fans.

2015 claimed another big horror celebrity and the vampire sub-genre will never be the same.

Rest in peace, Brooke McCarter.

Stay Bloody!!!

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