Sleepwalkers (1992)

R  |   |  Horror  |  10 April 1992 (USA)
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A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on.



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Charles Brady and his mother Mary move to a small Indiana town, having recently fled Bodega Bay, California after draining and killed a young girl there. They are sleepwalkers - they can change their appearance and they need the lifeforce from young women. Charles has picked out young Tanya Robertson, whom he meets at a local high school, as his next victim. He asks her out for a date and invites her home... however, she did not suspect his real interest in her. On their first date, a picnic at a nearby cemetery, Charles attempts to drain the lifeforce from Tanya for himself and his mother. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The first Stephen King story written expressly for the scream. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and sensuality, and for language. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Sleepwalkers  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)


$30,524,763 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Mark Hamill:  One of the police officers who enters the house at the beginning. See more »


In the very first shot of the movie, the two police officers talking to each other and pass a police car and you can see a boom mic reflected off the back of the police car as they talk. See more »


Charles Brady: This doesn't have to hurt. Just think of yourself as lunch!
[Tanya hits him in the head with her camera]
Charles Brady: I lied! It does have to hurt!
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Cat's claws slash through the screen after the credits, exposing a green glow beyond. See more »


Written by Johnny Farina, Santo Farina & Ann Farina
Performed by Santo & Johnny
Courtesy of Dischi Ricordi SPA
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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30 January 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

There's something about the b-grade sleeper "Sleepwalkers" that keeps me from liking it, but not enough to entirely hate it either. It kept me entertained, but I wasn't all that satisfied. Director Mick Garris' handling might come off stagy (which took any sense of atmosphere) with an almost TV-like feel, but remains crisp and well paced in its actions. Some imagery shows moments of creativity with the illustrative camera-work with its scopes and tilts. I just wished it had been much more darker in its visual styling. Stephen King would adapt his own book, where the premise creates a wickedly novel concept that would turn upon its sly tone with nonsensical and over-the-top dramatic lashings. This goes for its outrageous, if clumsy climax. While the jolts are grisly, they do come off quite risible with it being punctuated by sadistic heavy-handedness. The eccentric make-up FX is decently pulled off, even with some cheesy and blotchy trimmings. The script is rather ill-defined, but still has a neat touch of morbid humour and a sexual charge thanks to the seductively deranged performances by Alice Krige and Brian Krause in their mother and son relationship. Mädchen Amick is suitably appealing in the victim role. Ron Perlman makes a short, but commanding turn. Also keep a look out for some amusingly interesting cameos by Stephen King, Tobe Hooper, John Dante, John Landis, Clive Baker and Mark Hamill.

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