Rated: R For violence. Reviewed by: Frank and Chris Release date: April 10, 1992 Released by: Columbia TriStar
Before the film begins, the definition of the word sleepwalker appears on screen. It explains that they are "Nomadic shape shifting creatures with human and feline characteristics."
The new boy at high school, Charles (Brian Krause) and his beautiful mother (Alice Krige Ghost Story) are sleepwalkers. They have an incestual relationship, but since they aren't really human, I guess it doesn't count. They have more impending problems, such as mom is dying from lack of food. Charles has to find her a young, nubile girl to suck the life from. He's attracted to a girl (Madchen Amick) from his creative writing class (maybe Stephen King should consider taking a course himself) to use as his next victim.
Sleepwalkers are difficult to describe. Although they are attractive looking, their image, reflected in mirrors, is a cross between an ugly cat and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. They are charming one minute and grotesque, destructive monsters the next. If they really concentrate, they can even disappear. The only thing they fear are ordinary house cats. Mom has set up animal traps around the house to keep the pesky critters away. Even so, every cat in town waits outside for a chance to attack.
King, the nation's most popular writer, sure hit a snag with this fiasco. The one liners aren't witty enough to be funny, nor clever enough to be camp. And the police are again portrayed as country bumpkin idiots.
King comes up with some new ways to kill, like using an ear of corn to stab someone in the back. The violence is steady and repulsive; a hand ripped off, eyes gouged out and various other body parts maimed or burned.
Cindy Pickett (St. Elsewhere), Ron Perlman (T.T.'s Beauty and the Beast) and even King himself have cameo roles.
Sleepwalkers is one movie you'd just as soon sleep through.