A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on.


Mick Garris


Stephen King
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Krause ... Charles Brady
Mädchen Amick ... Tanya Robertson
Alice Krige ... Mary Brady
Jim Haynie ... Ira
Cindy Pickett ... Mrs. Robertson
Ron Perlman ... Captain Soames
Lyman Ward ... Mr. Robertson
Dan Martin ... Andy Simpson
Glenn Shadix ... Mr. Fallows
Cynthia Garris ... Laurie
Monty Bane ... Horace
John Landis ... Lab Technician
Joe Dante ... Lab Assistant
Stephen King ... Cemetery Caretaker
Clive Barker ... Forensic Tech


Charles 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 girl Tanya, 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, he attempts to drain the lifeforce from her for himself and his mother. Written by Mattias Thuresson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


According to director Mick Garris, Stephen King's wife Tabitha King wrote a treatment for a sequel that would have involved a women's basketball team. See more »


The bullet hole in the back of Charles Brady's shirt disappears. See more »


Cemetery Caretaker: Look, I don't want to take the wrath for this, I got enough going on. I just don't need this kind of action.
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Crazy Credits

Cat's claws slash through the screen after the credits, exposing a green glow beyond. See more »

Alternate Versions

To obtain a more commercially viable M rating for its theatrical release in Australia, a majority of the film's violence and gorier moments were cut by Columbia TriStar Films. These cuts were later restored for an uncut R rated home video release. See more »


Written by Enya, Roma Ryan (uncredited) and Nicky Ryan
Performed by Enya
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. and BBC Enterprises Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Complete Mess of a Film
29 October 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Sleepwalkers (1992)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

When this film was released there was a lot of hype because it was the first time Stephen King had written something directly for the screen. The hype quickly faded when everyone realized that it was a dud. A son and mom (Brian Krause, Alice Krige) move to a small town where they need a virgin (Madchen Amick) to keep alive. It turns out the duo are "sleepwalkers," which is a form of cat people. The entire story to SLEEPWALKERS is rather stupid and silly and I often wonder if King or director Mick Garris were taking it overly serious. I've heard that there was a lot of trouble with the production so perhaps this is the best that they could turn out but there are so many questionable and rather silly moments here that you can't help but call this a dud. The horror elements are extremely silly, never make too much sense and I wonder what King was even trying to do with this. I mean, were these creatures supposed to be something between werewolves and vampires? Did the son and mom have to have so many sex scenes together? Was this meant to be dark humor? For some strange reason when the son does start to attack the virgin girl, instead of any drama or suspense we're given really bad one-liners and attempts at humor and it just doesn't make any sense. I say no one took it serious because this is followed by a long line of horror cameos including King, Tobe Hooper, Joe Dante, John Landis, Clive Barker and Friday THE 13TH PART 2 fans will notice Stuart Charno. Both Krause and Krige are good in their parts but Amick easily steals the film as the victim. SLEEPWALKERS is a real mess of a movie and it's a shame that King's first direct screenplay was such a bust.

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Release Date:

10 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Sleepwalkers See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,017,354, 12 April 1992

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