3) The Baudelaire orphans, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

We’re talking about movies here, but if you prefer the Netflix version, so be it; both adaptations of Daniel Handler’s jauntily macabre series of children’s books follow the misadventures of the newly orphaned Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, who fall into the clutches of their sinister relative, Count Olaf. Disasters abound, conspiracies arise, and cruelty rears its head on occasion—but the kids, including toothy baby Sunny, manage to work together to out-scheme every greedy adult that tries to get the better of them.

2) Max and Dani Dennison, Hocus Pocus

When the witchy, children-consuming Sanderson sisters rise from the beyond, it’s up to a pair of new-in-town siblings (one of whom was—oops!—the cause of that supernatural reincarnation) to make things right again. Their dynamic—over-it older bro Max (Omri Katz) and Halloween-obsessed younger sis Dani (Thora Birch)—mirrors the relationship of another pair of Salem siblings, whose less-successful encounter with the Sandersons sets Hocus Pocus’ circa-1993 events in order hundreds of years prior.


1) Sam and Michael Emerson and Edgar and Alan Frog, The Lost Boys

Sam (Corey Haim) and Michael (Jason Patric) are the main characters here, and their relationship—a bond built on affectionate shit-talking—forms the heart of the movie. But that brotherly love is tested when Michael sorta accidentally falls in with the local vampire gang. The boys eventually resolve to stand up to the bloodsuckers, but their ghoul-fighting efforts would be pretty wan without the well-informed and well-armed assistance of another brother team: Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander).


While Sam and Michael, who’ve just arrived in town with their newly divorced mother (Dianne Wiest), are still figuring out the lay of the land in beachy Santa Carla, Edgar and Alan are hardcore locals who have some specific ideas about survival in “the murder capital of the world.” Nobody really has any idea what they’re doing when it comes time for the movie’s big battle—but the combined power of both sets of brothers (along with several wooden stakes and other anti-vamp implements) manage to get the job done.


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