Stephen King's Sleepwalkers is an idiotic horror potboiler. New approach to the vampire legend is really a variation on TriStar's 1988 flop The Kiss. Brian Krause and mom Alice Krige are incestuous monsters called Sleepwalkers who survive by draining the life force from virgin girls.

Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers is an idiotic horror potboiler. New approach to the vampire legend is really a variation on TriStar’s 1988 flop The Kiss. Brian Krause and mom Alice Krige are incestuous monsters called Sleepwalkers who survive by draining the life force from virgin girls.

Film takes place in sleepy Travis, Ind, where Krause is the new kid in school claiming to be a transfer student. He romances beautiful classmate Madchen Amick, resulting in a pretentious date-rape scene in which Amick is saved from a fate worse than death and worse than rape.

King’s screenplay has no internal logic and relies wholly on stupid gimmicks like the monsters’ ability to become invisible and their vulnerability to cats. The potential pathos of Krause and Krige as perhaps the last lonely members of their breed is undeveloped.

Many noted genre directors (Joe Dante, Tobe Hooper) as well as King himself have pointless cameo roles. Even Amick’s name ‘Tanya Robertson’ seems like a pun on sexy actress Tanya Roberts. Cast is physically appealing and could have generated some sympathy if permitted.

Sleepwalkers

Production

Ion/Victor & Grais. Director Mick Garris; Producer Mark Victor, Mark Grais, Nabeel Zahid; Screenplay Stephen King; Camera Rodney Charters; Editor O. Nicholas Brown; Music Nicholas Pike; Art Director John DeCuir Jr

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1992. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Brian Krause Madchen Amick Alice Krige Jim Haynie Cindy Pickett Ron Perlman
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