Sleepwalkers (1992) is an American horror movie that is also known as Stephen King‘s Sleepwalkers (1992). It is 91 minutes long and is based on Stephen King‘s (The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Green Mile (1999), The Shining (1980), Stand by Me (1986)) original screenplay. Director Mick Garris (Hocus Pocus (1993), The Fly II (1989), Masters of Horror (2005), Critters 2 (1988)) did a splendid job with Sleepwalkers. The movie contains sexual content, graphic images, graphic violence, gory, bad language, suspense and intense sitting on the edge of your seat moments.
Sleepwalkers revolves around Charles Brady (Brian Krause - Charmed (1998), Another World (1964), Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)) and his mother, Mary. Charles and Mary (Alice Krige - Thor: The Dark World (2013), Silent Hill (2006), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)) are Sleepwalkers. Sleepwalkers are shapeshifting vampires that need to feed off of the lifeforce of virgin women to stay alive. The Sleepwalkers do not stay in one location for long and can be seen as a human or as werecats that are human size. They have super abilities such as telekinesis and illusion, but their weakness is cats. Cat’s claws can inflict severe/fatal wounds to Sleepwalkers and cats can see/know everything they do.
Charles and his mother are now in Indiana where Charles goes to high school to find his next victim. He became friends with Tanya Robertson (Mädchen Amick - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Twin Peaks (1990), Priest (2011)) so that he can take her life force. Mary is jealous because she assumes that her son has fallen in love with Tanya, but soon realizes that it was her misconception. Charles tried to drain the lifeforce out of Tanya while they were at the cemetery but Tanya fought back. It was a pretty good fight, and you should definitely see how Tanya defended herself.
Deputy Sheriff Andy Simpson (Dan Martin - Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop (1988), Heat (1995), Rush Hour (1998), The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)) drives by the cemetery and saw Tanya physically fighting with Charles. He stopped his car to help Tanya but was killed by Charles. Andy’s cat attacked Charles and wounded him severely. Charles returned home to his mother in his weakened condition, and they made themselves invisible while numerous cats are making their way to Charles’ home. Mary is desperate and wants to save her son’s life - What will she do? What will happen to Charles? Will they die? Will there be another life force and who will it be or will it still be Tanya?
Sleepwalker was a very intriguing movie when I saw it back in the 1990’s and was one of the best movies I have seen and still is. The actors could have done a better job with their parts but overall, their acting was good. The screenplay was awesome in every way and I did not find major plot holes, just very minor ones that are easily overseen with all the other aspects of the movie. I love the sets and music as it gave the movie a more eerie feel. The movie is a bit cheesy for present day viewing but it is funny. The makeup artists did an awesome job with the characters makeup.
About Sleepwalkers (1992)
Starring: Ron Perlman, Alice Krige, Stephen King, Michael Reid MacKay, John Landis, Mark Hamill, Dan Martin, Cynthia Garris, Joe Dante, Stuart Charno, Rusty Schwimmer, Glenn Shadix, Frank Novak, Diane Delano, Jim Haynie, Mädchen Amick, Lyman Ward, Tobe Hooper, Clive Barker, Ernie Lively, Brian Krause, Monty Bane, Norman Fessler, Bojesse Christopher, Joey Aresco, Hayden Victor, Charles Croughwell, Karyn Sercelj, Sparks, Richard Penn
Director: Mick Garris
MPAA Rating: R