People Were Strange in Santa Carla

Updated August 8, 2022, 1:08 am.

Last Sunday, July 31st was the 35th anniversary of feature film The Lost Boys, directed by Joel Schumacher. The vampire tale, described as both horror and comedy, ran for 1 hour and 37 minutes and debuted in 1987. The 1980s gem sported a blockbuster cast including Corey Haim and Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland and Jami Gertz. Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander were “the Frog brothers” as well as core to the comedy. There was “mom” and recent Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann as “Max” the boss vampire, Billy Wirth, Brooke McCarter, Alex Winter, and “Grandpa” Barnard Hughes.

Grandpa had rules.

Rules! We’ve got some rules around here. Second shelf is mine. That’s where I keep my root beers and my double-thick Oreo cookies. Nobody touches the second shelf but me.

Liverpool band Echo and the Bunnymen’s rendition of “People are strange” promoted the movie and vibe.

There are least two relevant and original looking Youtube music videos portraying that particular song. What’s interesting about the 1980s retread, and with the way the Bunnymen own it, is its hand-me-down status.

People are strange is not originally from the ’80s but the 1960s. If you’re a popular music fan of the era, Grandpa, you should know that. People are strange was originally released a full generation earlier by Jim Morrison and the Doors. That was September, 1967. The vocalist, and son of United States Navy rear admiral George Stephen Morrison, was found dead in his Paris bathtub four years after the song’s release. Morrison’s body is buried in the city’s Père-Lachaise cemetery. The site is the focus of vacation pilgrimages. To see Jim again.

Echo and the Bunnymen are Liverpudlians, like the Beatles, but let’s hope for their sake not “recruited, dressed up, given silly haircuts, and paid to perform music specifically designed to brainwash the youth.” Uh, What?

According to conspiracist John Coleman’s The Conspirator’s Hierarchy, available from Amazon and elsewhere,

[t]he Fab Four…were the vehicle that “social engineers” from a think tank called The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations used to manipulate American youth.

The Rolling Stones may also have been touched. CIA top secret mind control program MK-Ultra was involved, according to documentary film director Kevin Alexander’s Electric kool-aid: LSD and the 60s psychedelic revolution.

They wanted to control the population. But instead the young people started to experiment with themselves. They would deprogram themselves from the mainstream culture. Then reprogram themselves with their own value system.

MK-Ultra was the same program funding Dr. Donald Ewen Cameron at McGill University’s Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal to find a reliable way to wipe the minds of unsuspecting Canadians and start over. Notice the repeated task in Canadian education, to wipe and replace?

In the Lost Boys, brothers Michael and Sam were starting over with their mom in the West Coast town of Santa Carla, a carnival place similar to Santa Cruz, California in fact and fiction. But whereas the “Holy Cross” boasts the Franciscan order Mission Santa Cruz, lorded over by Monterey diocese, Santa Carla kept quiet about its chic band of vampires managed by Max.

But Grandpa knew all along. He was there in the end to overcome the evil that was already targeting his newly arrived daughter and grandsons.

Sources: “The Lost; Flatly, Joseph L., “WERE WE ALL BRAINWASHED BY THE CIA WITH SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK & ROLL?,”;  Bob Bonis Archive, “Down the Rabbit Hole: LSD and The Rolling Stones,” Robert M Bonis’ The Bob Bonis Archive; Vanderperre, Julie, “Declassified: Mind Control at McGill,” The McGill Tribune.