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Halloween Kingathon – Sleepwalkers (1992)


Director: Mick Garris

Writer: Stephen King (Screenplay)

Starring: Brian Krause, Madchen Amick, Alice Krige, Jim Haynie, Cindy Pickett, Ron Perlman, Lyman Ward, Dan Martin, Glenn Shadix

Plot: A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: The New Breed of Creature Feature

Story: Sleepwalkers starts when the Brady family Charles (Krause) and Mary (Krige) having gone missing when the police find the remains of a little girl in the house. The mother son have fled after feeding to a new small town to continue their lives with a twist.

In the new town Charles has to find his mother someone new to feed on and his targeting Tanya (Amick) but until this chance comes for Mary to feed again. We learn just what Charles is during a police chance as he has the ability to shape-shift while cats prove to be their mortal enemies. When the latest search for food goes wrong the Sleepwalkers find themselves fighting for their chance to survive.

Sleepwalkers brings us into a world where we follow the villainous creatures that we only learn about as the story unfolds. They are a dying breed so we get left trying to sympathise with their battle. The story keeps things simple and tries to move the idea of previous films like ‘The Lost Boys’ to another level. I do feel there are negatives about this though, I would say Charles could have a much more efficient way of collecting his victims which would be a lot less risky and the idea that cats are the only weaknesses of the Sleepwalkers seems slightly cliché. When it comes to just creature feature film this is solid enough story. (6/10)

Actor Review

Brian Krause: Charles Brady is the high school aged boy that has to help lure the latest victims for his mother Mary, but when he meets and Tanya he has to find a way to bring her back without giving away his plan. Brian looks slightly too old for this role and ends up making everything feel slightly awkward. (6/10)

Madchen Amick: Tanya Robertson is the high school girl that Charles has targeted to help feed his mother, she takes an instant shine to Charles but has no idea what she has got herself into. Madchen gives us a good damsel in distress performance. (7/10)

Alice Krige: Mary Brady is Charles mother who is desperate to feed but can’t hunt leaving the hunting to Charles even though she is starving waiting for her next meal. Alice is the star of the film showing just how far her character will go. (7/10)

Support Cast: Sleepwalkers has a very generic supporting cast that Ron Perlman’s cameo like performance is one of the highlights.

Director Review: Mick GarrisMick gives us a good horror film that isn’t going to be a mega highlight of King’s work but will always be a good different film. (7/10)

Horror: Sleepwalkers fills the horror check list, while it isn’t scary it uses the elements of horror well. (7/10)

Settings: Sleepwalkers brings the story to a small town, where the characters can get away with their actions easier. (7/10)
Special Effects: Sleepwalkers has god special effects with the transformations process. (7/10)

Suggestion: Sleepwalkers is one for all the Stephen King fans to watch but only certain horror fans will enjoy the ideas. (King Fans Watch)

Best Part: Car chase transformation.

Worst Part: The plan for the Sleepwalkers could have been so much easier.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $30.5 Million

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Tagline: The first Stephen King story written expressly for the screen

Overall: Shape-shifting creature feature fun


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