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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mick Garris|
|Produced by||Michael Grais
|Written by||Stephen King|
|Music by||Nicholas Pike|
|Edited by||O. Nicholas Brown|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|April 10, 1992|
|Box office||$30,524,763 (USA)|
Charles Brady and his mother Mary are Sleepwalkers—nomadic, shapeshifting energy vampires who feed off the lifeforce of virgin women. Though they normally maintain a human form, they can transform (partially or fully) into human-sized bipedal werecats (presumably their natural form) at will. They are considerably more resilient than humans and have powers of both telekinesis and illusion. Their one weakness is cats, who are not only able to see through their illusions but whose claws are capable of inflicting severe to fatal wounds upon them. It is revealed that they also maintain an incestuous relationship.
Charles and Mary have taken up residence in a small Indiana town, having recently fled Bodega Bay, California (where they used the aliases Martha and Carl Brodie) after draining and killing a young girl there. Charles attends the local high school, and there he meets Tanya Robertson in his creative writing class.
Tanya does not suspect the real reason Charles is interested in her; to take her life force for both himself and his mother, who is starving. At first, it seems that Charles has genuinely fallen in love with Tanya (to the dismay of his jealous mother). On their first date, however, at a picnic at the nearby cemetery, Charles attempts to drain her life force while kissing her. Tanya tries frantically to ward off Charles by bashing his head with her camera, scratching his face, and ultimately plunging a corkscrew into his left eye; though nothing she does seems to cause Charles more than temporary discomfort.
As this happens, Deputy Sheriff Andy Simpson (who had earlier tried to pull Charles over for speeding and seemingly trying to run down a young school girl while passing a stopped school bus) drives by the cemetery and notices Charles’ (now undisguised) car. When Tanya flees to him for help, Charles attacks Simpson and kills him. When Charles then turns to resume feeding off of Tanya, the deputy’s cat, Clovis, rises to the occasion and nearly kills Charles by violently scratching him in the face and chest. Mortally wounded by Clovis, Charles staggers back home to his mother who is able to make both of them "dim", i.e. turn themselves invisible, and thus keep Charles from being arrested when the police storm their house. Ominously, a small number of cats begin to gather outside their house.
Knowing that the only way for her dying son to survive is to feed, Mary attacks the Robertson household, kills the entire sheriff's department and severely wounds Tanya’s parents in the process. She kidnaps Tanya and takes her back to her house, where Charles by this time is all but dead. Mary revives him, and Charles makes a final attempt to drain Tanya’s life force. However, Tanya plunges her fingers into his eyes, killing him. Tanya manages to escape with the help of the sheriff who is later impaled by Mary on the picket fence surrounding the house. The now large number of cats that have been gathering around their house throughout the movie, led by Clovis, all jump on Mary and claw her in a violent attack until she bursts into flames and finally dies mourning that Tanya "killed her only son". The movie ends with Mary lying ablaze on her driveway and Tanya hugging Clovis, as her savior.
- Brian Krause as Charles Brady
- Alice Krige as Mary Brady
- Mädchen Amick as Tanya Robertson
- Lyman Ward as Donald Robertson
- Cindy Pickett as Helen Robertson
- Ron Perlman as Captain Soames
- Jim Haynie as Sheriff Ira
- Dan Martin as Andy Simpson
- Lucy Boryer as Jeanette
- Glenn Shadix as Mr. Fallows
- Sparks as Clovis
- Stephen King as Cemetery Caretaker
- John Landis as Lab Technician
- Joe Dante as Lab Assistant
- Clive Barker as Forensic Tech
- Tobe Hooper as Forensic Tech
- Mark Hamill as Lt. Jennings (uncredited)
The original music score was composed by Nicholas Pike. The soundtrack album was released on Milan cds and cassettes.
Cd track listing: (Side 2 of the cassette begins at track 9)
- 1: Santo & Johnny – Sleepwalk 2:23
- 2: Nicholas Pike – Main Titles 2:06
- 3: Nicholas Pike – Cop Kabob 2:25
- 4: Nicholas Pike – This Is Homeland 4:06
- 5: Nicholas Pike – Is This What You Had In Mind? 2:49
- 6: Nicholas Pike – Let's Go Upstairs 2:46
- 7: Nicholas Pike – You Didn't Get It 3:05
- 8: Nicholas Pike – Run To That Jungle Beat 2:24
- 9: The Contours – Do You Love Me 3:00
- 10: Nicholas Pike – Am I Beautiful? 1:31
- 11: Nicholas Pike – Let The Cats Run 4:31
- 12: Nicholas Pike – I'm Going To Make Us Dim 2:36
- 13: Nicholas Pike – Fly On The Chicken 2:57
- 14: Nicholas Pike – Impaling Doom 3:44
- 15: Nicholas Pike – Speedster 3:39
- 16: Enya – Boadicea 3:30
- The film won the 1992 Fantafestival Award(s) (aka, Mostra Internazionale del Film di Fantascienza e del Fantastico di Roma) for Best Actress (Krige), Best Direction (Garris), Best Film (Garris) and Best Screenplay (King).
- The song which plays early in the film is "Sleep Walk" by Santo & Johnny, covered by many artists, including The Shadows and Joe Satriani.
- The ability to become "dim" has shown up in some of King's other works, notably Hearts in Atlantis, where Carol Gerber claims someone taught her how to be "dim," suggested it was the leader of her terrorist cell, aka Randall Flagg.
- The film includes the Enya song "Boadicea", which boosted her music's popularity.
- The movie is referenced in the song "Ready or Not", possibly because the song used "Boadicea" by Enya. The song "I Don't Wanna Know" by Mario Winans and Diddy also samples the theme song "Boadicea" by Enya and makes reference to the movie.
- One of the first motion pictures to use morphing in visual effects. The effects were created by Apogee, whose works include Spaceballs and Batman Forever.
- Lyman Ward and Cindy Pickett, who play Tanya's parents, played the parents in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Box office and critical
Sleepwalkers grossed $10,017,354 in its opening weekend; the film opened in 1,864 theaters with an average of $5,374/theater and ranked at #1. The film has gross a total $30,524,673 in USA.
The film received generally negative reviews. It holds a 15% rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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- Sleepwalkers (DVD Review)
- "Fantafestival: 1992". Retrieved 2009-10-18.
- "Celebrity Profiles: Alice Krige". Retrieved 2009-10-18.
- "Celebrity Profiles: Mick Garris". Retrieved 2009-10-18.
- Sleepwalkers at the Internet Movie Database
- Sleepwalkers at AllMovie
- Sleepwalkers at Rotten Tomatoes
- Sleepwalkers at Box Office Mojo