Sleepwalkers

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Overview

Stephen King wrote his first original screenplay for this horror gore fest that features cameos by directors Clive Barker, Joe Dante, Tobe Hooper, John Landis, and King himself playing a cemetery attendant. The story concerns a twilight people named "sleepwalkers" --creatures similar to vampires and werewolves whose faces turn animalistic whenever they are frightened or angry and who require the lifeforce of a virgin to survive. A single-parent sleepwalker family, consisting of Mary Brady Alice Krige and her son ...
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Overview

Stephen King wrote his first original screenplay for this horror gore fest that features cameos by directors Clive Barker, Joe Dante, Tobe Hooper, John Landis, and King himself playing a cemetery attendant. The story concerns a twilight people named "sleepwalkers" --creatures similar to vampires and werewolves whose faces turn animalistic whenever they are frightened or angry and who require the lifeforce of a virgin to survive. A single-parent sleepwalker family, consisting of Mary Brady Alice Krige and her son Charles Brian Krause, have taken up residence in a small Indiana town. Charles has expressed a romantic interest in the attractive Tanya Robertson Madchen Amick, a girl in his high school literature class. Mary wants Charles to lure Tanya home so that she can suck out her life force, but it appears that Charles has fallen in love with her --that is, until their first date, at a picnic at the cemetery. There Charles changes from a shy romantic suitor into a brutal and violent force, slapping Tanya around and attempting to rape her. But Tanya wards off his advances by plunging a corkscrew into his torso. Charles staggers back home to mother, where she nurses him back to health. Then Charles and his mother seek vengeance upon the Robertson family.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although Stephen King himself wrote the screenplay for this horror exercise, Sleepwalkers is no better or worse than the many quickie adaptations that have been produced without the author's direct input. It's merely an adequate outing full of cool ideas whose execution lacks enough atmosphere or true psychological insight to frighten or even unsettle most audiences. Likable Twin Peaks vet Madchen Amick seems wasted as the good-girl protagonist; Alice Krige is far more alluring as the matriarchal vampire whose feline sensuality sets up all sorts of intriguing Oedipal conflicts with her son. Unfortunately, director Mick Garris doesn't milk such subtext as much as he should. He seems more interested in showing us his titular shape-shifters turning things invisible and slipping into Beauty and the Beast drag. Still, for all its quotidian special effects and familiar thrills, Sleepwalkers is fairly entertaining. A bit of campy humor and a few celebrity cameos give it just enough genial charm to tip the scales in favor of watchability.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • UPC: 014381689624
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,414

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Krause Charles Brady
Mädchen Amick Tanya Robertson
Alice Krige Mary Brady
Mark Hamill Lt. Jennings (uncredited)
Jim Haynie Ira
Ron Perlman Captain Soames
Cindy Pickett Mrs. Robertson
Lyman Ward Mr. Robertson
Glenn Shadix Mr. Fallows
Monty Bane Horace
Stephen King Cemetery Caretaker
Joe Dante Lab Assistant
John Landis Lab Technician
Clive Barker Forensic Tech
Tobe Hooper Forensic Tech
Technical Credits
Mick Garris Director
Randall Badger Asst. Director
Perry Barndt Stunts
John Blake Makeup
O. Nicholas Brown Editor
Doc Charbonneau Stunts
Rodney Charters Cinematographer
Tony Conforti Stunts
Bud Davis Stunts
John F. de Cuir Jr. Production Designer
Enya Songwriter
Cindy Folkerson Stunts
Tony Gardner Makeup Special Effects
Marleen Garris Asst. Director
Bruce Gibeson Set Decoration/Design
Andy Gill Stunts
Michael Grais Producer
Michael Haynes Stunts
Peter Kelly Set Decoration/Design
Stephen King Screenwriter
Wendy Kurtzman Casting
Dimitri Logothetis Executive Producer
Don H. Matthews Sound Mixer
Denver Mattson Stunts
Dwayne McGee Stunts
Joseph Medawar Executive Producer
Lisa Mionie Casting
Robert O'Brien Sound Editor
Noon Orsatti Stunts
Patricia Peters Stunts
Nicholas Pike Score Composer
Jeff Ramsey Stunts
Richard Stenta Co-producer, Production Designer
Rick Stratton Makeup
Sig Tingloff Art Director
Mark Victor Producer
Don S. Walden Sound Editor
John O. Wilde Sound Editor
Jim Wilkey Stunts
Spice Williams Stunts
Nabeel Zahid Producer
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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [5:36]
2. Oedipal slow dance [5:08]
3. Tanya & the new guy [5:48]
4. A mother's questions [1:29]
5. Mr. Fallows' class [2:31]
6. Plans of her own [2:36]
7. At Tanya's house [3:53]
8. A hand for Mr. Fallows [3:18]
9. In pursuit [6:19]
10. "He didn't have no face." [2:11]
11. One hungry mother [4:32]
12. Tanya meets Mary [3:17]
13. Homeland Cemetery [2:23]
14. Lunch [5:08]
15. "Cop-kabab!" [:16]
16. Home to mother [2:50]
17. "Charles isn't human." [2:38]
18. Things look dim [3:25]
19. A long hot bath [5:05]
20. Not the wind [1:14]
21. Mary Brady pays a call [:56]
22. No vegetables, no dessert [2:15]
23. Mother vs. Travis' finest [1:30]
24. Going to see Charles [3:00]
25. A last dance [:57]
26. Clovis leads the way [1:36]
27. Cat scratch fever [:27]
28. All fired up [2:50]
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Subtitles
   Menu Group #1 with 28 chapter(s) covering 01:29:06
Special Features
   Talent Files
      Mick Garris
      Stephen King
      Brian Krause
      Alice Krige
      Mädchen Amick
      Ron Perlman
      Clive Barker
   Bonus Trailers
      The Tingler
      Johnny Mnemonic
      Screamers
      I Know What You Did Last Summer
      Night of the Living Dead
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Watch while you're asleep.

    The movie Sleepwalkers is good, but not great. I like the special effects in this movie, too bad the acting is lame.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sleepwalkers vs Sleepwalking vs Sleez Walkers

    Hmm... the movie Sleepwalkers was not bad, though it had lame acting, this movie was good with special effects, plot, and gore. The movie is good, but just needs a few bugs to be worked out and possibly could have been great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay Addition To Any Horror Film Collector's List

    The Movie Isn't the Best of the Best, B rating at the most. But it has great visuals, wonderful filming, and an interesting plot.

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