"One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach… all the damn vampires." —Grandpa, The Lost Boys
Santa Carla, California is the fictional setting of the 1987 film The Lost Boys, about a coastal town suffering from mysterious disappearances that are eventually traced back to the local vampire gang. Santa Carla's nickname, "Murder Capitol of the World," was taken from the real city of Santa Cruz (also the filming location for the amusement park shots in the movie). The real city had a disproportionally high murder rate in the early 1970s because of three serial killers in the area.
Game and Story Uses
- Teenage vampire hunters and California go together like peanut butter and chocolate (see Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc.).
- Along with other fictional locations such as Pacific City (of Nocturnals) and Sunnydale (of Buffy), Santa Carla could be part of a chain of towns full of supernatural weirdness riddling the California coast.
- Or are they all really the same place?