Movie: "Sleepwalkers"
Year: 1992
Rated: R
Genre: Horror
Directed by: Mick Garris
Writing credits: Stephen King

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 10/26/2009

Plot: Mary and Charles Brady, a mother and son who happen to be shapeshifters, move into town and crave the life energy of young women.

Review: Despite the title, Sleepwalkers really has nothing to do with that subject, and instead focuses on a mother and son pair of shapeshifters (who want to suck the life right out of a girl named Tanya (played by Mädchen Amick, who many of you probably remember from one of my all-time favorite shows, Twin Peaks). You see, the mother and son need this life force to stay young and healthy, so despite being hideous monsters, they have to shift into human forms and charm Tanya. But there's more to the movie than just a mother and son chasing after the energy of a young girl. There's also cats.

Yes, I said cats. For whatever reason, cats hate these two, and they constantly hang around their home. The mother, who I might add is the most memorable cast member and carries most of the movie on her shoulders (played by the amazing Alice Krige), is constantly setting traps in the yard to try and kill the cats that won't leave her alone. Despite that she and her son are big monsters, cats are their weakness. Cats can scratch and even kill them.

Cats are also the only creatures that can see these two sleepwalkers when they go "dim". You see, in addition to shapeshifting, they can actually render themselves invisible to the rest of the world. Only problem is, this requires a lot of energy, hence the reason they need the life force of young Tanya. In all honesty, they have more than enough chances to take Tanya in the film, so these Shapeshifters aren't all that bright if you ask me. I mean, all they'd need to do is take her and then go dim and nobody would know what the hell happened.

If you're into cameos, this movie has plenty of 'em too. Stephen King (who wrote the story), John Landis, Joe Dante, Clive Barker, Tobe Hooper, and even Mark Hamill are all in the film with quick cameos. You'll also see Ron Perlman in one of his earlier roles as a cocky police officer.

Oh, did I mention there's a creepy incestuous thing going on with Charles and his mom? Yep, there's that too.

It's a fairly ridiculous movies with cats, car chases, monsters, more cats, incest, Glenn Shadix (Otho from Beetlejuice) getting his hand ripped off, Alice Krige going on a cop-killing rampage, a police cat named Clovis, and even more cats. If you can take a step back from how absurd it all sounds and just enjoy it as a campy horror flick with elements of comedy, I think you'll have a good time with it. Also, did I mention the movie involves cats? Yeah, it also helps if you like cats.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Last of the Time Lords
Oct 27th, 2009, 08:27 PM
I've never even heard of this one. Sounds cool, I'll have to check it out.
aint nobody
Oct 27th, 2009, 08:54 PM
this movie was shenanigans

been a while since i've seen it,but wasn't there a 'death by corn' scene?
Pickled Patriarch
Oct 27th, 2009, 09:32 PM
Yes there was. She jabs a cob right into the back of a cop.
the axe and the smasher
Oct 27th, 2009, 10:30 PM
This is one of those movies that you don't want to always remember, but when you do re-watch it, you find yourself happy that you did.
Oct 27th, 2009, 10:36 PM
Those poor kitty cats...
Forum Virgin
Oct 27th, 2009, 11:08 PM
First time poster, long time reader. I just had to say this movie is the reason that i got a cat when i was a younger. I know with my faithful cat Shogun of the unstoppable claw kitty at large (best cat name ever) I'm safe form all strange life sucking, shape shifting incestuous cat monsters in the world.
Oct 28th, 2009, 01:06 AM
This one's memorable for all the wrong reasons. But it is ok if taken as high camp. And wasn't Mädchen Amick cute back then?
lurking on the walls
Oct 28th, 2009, 12:38 PM
i just saw this movie last week..... it was alright, good for like a halloween movie night or something.

heh... "go get em' Clovis! Get that mother f*****!"

lol Clovis
Forum Virgin
Oct 29th, 2009, 04:51 PM
Im pretty sure this film has a scene where somebody gets stabbed with a corn on the cobb!!! That is Bad ASS if anyone has seen and confirm it let me know!!!
Oct 29th, 2009, 06:49 PM
I saw it ages ago...I remember the mother kept playing this Hawaiian tune on the record player and always getting the son to dance with her.
Yes and the cats. Cats everywhere...meow.
Oct 30th, 2009, 04:31 PM
A police cat named Clovis.
Forum Virgin
Oct 30th, 2009, 11:38 PM
I saw this one a couple of weeks ago, and I thought it was hilarious. I thought the whole cat thing was pretty crazy too, and the "Corn Cob" death scene is epic. Also, when the mother blows up cop cars with one shot of a gun, I started cracking up. Cheesy but entertaining movie.
Oct 31st, 2009, 09:07 AM
Rog I demand a Cob-Death Gif! For the sake of Halloween man! For the sake of Halloween!
Forum Virgin
Nov 3rd, 2009, 10:16 PM
Reminded me of a similar article from Head Injury Theater
Nov 13th, 2009, 02:54 PM
The song that they're always playing in the movie is "Sleepwalk" by Santo & Johnny - great guitar riff!... This song was also featured in "La Bamba". The Corn on the Cob kill is one of the cheesiest but greatest in my opinion, and overall the movie was a good popcorn flick. No wonder Alice Krige seemed familiar in Star Trek First Contact, I had not realized she was also in this movie.
Sex Panther
Dec 9th, 2009, 04:32 PM
I remember a terrible pun going with the hand ripping scene. Something along the lines of "Everyone needs a hand sometimes, Mr. *insert character name*, here's your's."
Feb 25th, 2011, 03:44 PM
I think the part that stays with me the most is when Brian Krause stabs the cop in the ear with a pencil, then says "COP-KABOB!" Although It's pretty silly, I enjoyed this one a lot more than most of the new horror movies coming out now.