Movies that are slightly off.
They feast on your fear - and it's dinner time.
A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures come to town to seek out a virgin to feed on.
I was the perfect target audience when Sleepwalkers hit VHS/cable; I was going through puberty, already a veteran crazy cat lady, and a huge Stephen King fan. I loved it, but that love eventually dwindled as I began expanding my genre knowledge/collection/obsession into my mid-to-late teens.
By the time I was 20 [in 2003], I had almost [willingly] forgotten about Sleepwalkers and, honestly, I probably would have scoffed if anyone brought it up and told them it was shit because I was a fucking asshole when I was 20-years-old.
Little did I know, the way I thought of Sleepwalkers would change later that year.
December 25, 2003, Christmas morning, my 12-year-old brother hands me a gift with an anxious glee,…
[Watched with live commentary by The Flop House]
So if Stephen King made MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE high on cocaine, what do you think he was taking when he dreamed up this little slice of batshit craziness? I'm gonna say a mix of angel dust and catnip.
The heartwarming tale of a boy and his mother who he has sex with and also traps beautiful young women for so she can eat them, because she's a weird cat demon who is also inexplicably allergic to cats. Totally deranged, utterly stupid, and occasionally hilarious, particularly anytime the characters turn into slimy cat creatures or the dumb heroes are bailed out by Clovis, a police cat who is SLEEPWALKERS' ultimate badass.
Also, not to nitpick, but no one sleepwalks in this movie. But perhaps the more accurate CATMONSTER INCEST PARTY was deemed a less commercially viable title.
Stephen King loves cocaine, though.
And apparently Mick Garris loves Stephen King. No one would agree to direct this script otherwise.
I'm glad their loves created this bizarre baby.
Winner at the 1992 Fantafestival Award(s) (aka, Mostra Internazionale del Film di Fantascienza e del Fantastico di Roma) for Best Actress (Alice Krige), Best Direction (Mick Garris), Best Film (Garris again) and Best Screenplay (Stephen King!!!!!), Sleepwalkers premise is a great one- nomadic cat-type-thing creatures that feed from virgin essence (good luck finding a virgin in this day and age!!) and are afraid of actual cats, moving from town to town in order to survive.
Indeed, the movie starts out brooding and atmospheric (thanks to the song "Sleep Walk" by Santo & Johnny)- a cool Mark Hamill cameo as a sheriff, arriving at a house where a multitude of cats have been gutted and hung from the outside rafters, and finding…
¡Cuánto cariño le tengo a Sleepwalkers! Además de que me parece divertidísima, me remite a una época feliz de mi niñez en donde me llevaban a ver películas indebidas para mi edad, pero me la pasaba increíble y me aterrorizaba.
Hay muchísimas razones por las que me encanta esta película, además de los recuerdos que me trae. Me acuerdo hasta del gastadísimo vhs en la que la tenía y la veía una y otra vez. O por mi juvenil y precoz crush con Madchen Amik. Por sus créditos que me llenaban de terror. Ahora de grande y que ya los reconozco, disfruto sus muchísimos y padrísimos cameos. Parece que se juntaron todos los amigos del cine de terror y se pusieron a echar relajo en una película de gatos y monstruos sexuales.
Pero nada, nada se compara al amor que le tengo por la escena del asesinato con elote. BEST. MURDER. WEAPON. EVER.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Saw this film as a kid and just watched it again.
First off - the incest element in this film is damn weird. I'm surprised how mainstream the film is considering that. The director Mick Garris went on to write Hocus Pocus! Yet in this film you see full on sex scenes between a mother and her teenage son.
Aside from that, it was an okay film that actually could've been a lot scarier if it hadn't fallen into one too many cliched horror tropes (example, if the villain has transformed into a cat/vampire to start his attempt to violently subdue Madchen Amick in a graveyard then why is it necessary for him to also start spouting one-liners?)
The prospect of a feature film written by Stephen King without it being adapted from anything previously published was considered pretty hype-able in 1992, but the results are by now known. In some quarters it has been embraced for its camp value, but I'm not getting anything that way either.
The big problem is that it centres its narrative on this Charles dude whose romantic loyalties are torn between the nice girl who works at the theatre - played with the heart-fluttering beauty and charm you might expect from 1992 Madchen Amick - and his MOM. Dude. Alice Krige is a lovely lady and a good actor and she certainly pulls her weight here, but dude. Dude. No, dude. Duuuude.…
Things I liked about this movie
1. The mother and son romance
2. Ron pearlmans 5 minutes on screen
4. Cop gets killed by being stabbed with corn on the cob
The film so horribly cheesy, it's horribly terrific. I have this love for Stephen King film adaptations. Some are actually decent, however the most appealing are the misses, and in the case of "Sleepwalkers", this is quite the swing and the miss.
The first time I saw this film I was pretty young and didn't care for it. I guess I couldn't get past the whole incest thing. After viewing it again I actually really enjoyed it. See if you can spot all the cameos in the film!
I feel obliged to like this because it stars two people from my two favourite series' of all time in a Stephen King adaptation.
El incesto demoníaco que liga a estos Sonámbulos de Stephen King es tan perturbador como sus recurrentes imágenes gatunas. Es divertida, tan descarada como Mädchen Amick cada vez que se muerde el labio y noventera, muy noventera.
As a teenage girl, I saw 1992's Sleepwalkers at the drive-in theater in Aberdeen, Washington. It was a great drive-in film because it has some juicy bits of gore and horror, a splash of sex ("sensuality" according to the rating), and "pretty white kids" with on-point 90s style (some great hair in the film!). The story centers on mother-and-son (played perfectly by Alice Krige and Brian Krause) who've mysteriously shown up in a small town after being on the run from some mayhem and murder. They set up in a creepy farmhouse and keep mostly to themselves - except for scoping the local high school for a young virgin.
That was about it, for plot. The film wasn't perfect, and…
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