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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Director Mick Garris was originally going to cast Julia Roberts for the role of Mary Brady. But she turned down the role because Roberts did not like the nature of this film. See more »


In the beginning where Charles is cutting his arm, you can clearly see the outline of the blood patch he is actually cutting. See more »


Andy Simpson: Yes im out here on pound road still in pursuit the bastard almost ran down a little girl i think he tried to run her down i think hes playing with me.
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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 »


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The Rodeo Song
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User Reviews

kind of reminds me of Cats Eye
4 November 2004 | by XFASee all my reviews

This film is one of my favorites. I pretty much enjoy all of S king's films. The incest part here throws me off a bit , and is unlike any other S King film in that sense. But I still like this film for everything else it brings to horror table. The effects are also fairly decent considering these creatures that the mother and son morph into look more like aliens then they do vamps. Watching the star cat in this film , I almost think it's the same cat from S King's Cats Eye. It could be and then again , maybe not. Then again , that may even be Stephen King's pet! Got me. All and all , fairly good film - It's Stephen King! PEACE :)

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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

Gross USA:


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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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