Sleepwalkers (1992)

An ancient Egyptian werecat creature!
An ancient Egyptian werecat creature!

Directed by Mick (CRITTERS 2) Garris, written by Stephen King, starring Brian (BEYOND LOCH NESS) Krause, Mädchen (THE BORROWER) Amick, Alice (STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT) Krige, Jim Haynie, Cindy Pickett, Mark (STAR WARS) Hamill and Ron (HELLBOY) Perlman.

One sheet poster

Also known as STEPHEN KING’S SLEEPWALKERS, this is a fun, cheesy tale about a mother & son who are the last of their kind: a shapeshifting species originating in ancient Egypt that feed on the life energy of virgins and, for some reason, are afraid of (and can be killed by) pet cats!

These ancient beings like to consume the life force from virgins!
These ancient beings like to consume the life force from virgins!
These shapeshifters can be seen for what they really are in mirrors...
The shapeshifters can be seen for what they really are in mirrors…
Ron Perlman loses some fingers!
Ron Perlman loses some fingers!
One cop is murdered... by a corncob!
One cop is murdered… with a corncob!

At the beginning of the film we see Charles Brady, the Sleepwalker son, start a new school, where he is charming and friendly, so that nobody guesses he’s actually a werecreature who has regular sex with his mom!

Charles Brady seems like such a nice young man...
Charles Brady seems like such a nice young man…
...but he's not!
…but he’s not!
Mother and son are rather too fond of each other
Mother and son are rather too fond of each other
Mommy can get rather catty...
Mommy can get rather catty…

The premise is interesting, but some stuff isn’t explained: why can Charles take the life force from victims but his mother can’t? How on earth can Charles make himself and his car invisible? Why does the previously charming & subtle Charles suddenly become a wise-cracking, campy, cartoony villain halfway through the film?

Splat!
Charles loses an eye after being stabbed with a corkscrew!
Charles doesn’t like being stabbed in the eye with a corkscrew!

But there’s definitely stuff to enjoy: the full-body werecat creature suits, the goofy early 90s ‘morphing’ special effects, the moments of blood-squirting fun, and the cameos from Clive Barker, Stephen King, Joe Dante, Tobe Hooper and John Landis.

It's morphing time!
It’s morphing time!
Thumb in the eye!
Thumb in the eye!

Supposedly Stephen King’s wife Tabitha wrote a treatment for a SLEEPWALKERS sequel, which would have featured a women’s basketball team, but the project never progressed beyond treatment stage.

Sleepwalker monster!
Sleepwalker monster!

If you are happy watching a movie featuring a cheese-tastic, not-too-deep tale of incestuous werecat beings seeking out virgins in modern America… you won’t be disappointed.

Feel the burn!
Feel the burn!

Here are some posters…

French poster
French poster
Spanish poster
Spanish poster
French poster
French poster

Some lobby cards…

Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby Card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card

A publicity shot…

Alice Krige, Brian Krause and Mädchen Amick
Alice Krige, Brian Krause and Mädchen Amick

One more look at those old school morphing effects…

He's a werecat-thingy!
He’s a werecat-thingy!

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