Charles Brady and his mother Alice aren't your average American
family. They are Sleepwalkers, nomadic shape-shifting creatures
with human and feline origins. Vulnerable only to the scratch
of a cat, they thrive on the life-force of virginal flesh.
But high school student Tanya Robertson takes on the terror
of the bloodsucking creatures as they unleash an horrific
campaign of murder and mutilation in their deadly quest for
a movie's title starts with Stephen King's... or Clive
Barker's... it's usually a sign that production values
are rubbish and the film won't stand up on its own merits.
Thankfully with Sleepwalkers that isn't the case.
the production never really explains what Charles and his
mother really are, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. We
know, from the opening titles what they have done at the previous
place they lived, and so an explanation is never really needed.
And throughout the course of the movie their true identity
is slowly revealed. But the title still remains a mystery.
Where Sleepwalkers fits in to the proceedings is anyone's
are some negative points. For example Charles and Alice's
incestuous relationship makes for uncomfortable viewing and
a lot of the creature effects towards the end look like a
bloke in a rubber suit. But the story is well paced and the
acting is pretty good.
a good collection of well known faces in the cast. Madchen
Amick, Alice Krige (Star Trek's Borg Queen) and even
Ron Perlman (whose in just about every horror movie in a rubber
suit but is best remembered for playing opposite Linda Hamilton
in the 80's TV series Beauty and the Beast) turns up.
And there are a few surprise cameo appearances including Stephen
King, John Landis, Joe Dante and Clive Barker.
horror movies go, this is pretty solid stuff. And if you suspend
disbelief for the duration then you'll enjoy it.
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