Monday, July 28, 2014

Sleepwalkers (1992)

Director: Mick Garris

Writer: Stephen King

Composer: Nicholas Pike

Starring: Brian Krause, Madchen Amick, Alice Krige, Jim Haynie, Cindy Pickett, Ron Perlman, Lyman Ward, Dan Martin, Glenn Shadix, Cynthia Garris, Monty Bane, John Landis, Joe Dante, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Tobe Hooper, Mark Hamill

More info: IMDb

Tagline: They feast on your fear - and it's dinner time.

Plot: A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures come to town to seek out a virgin to feed on.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Is it me or do a lot of Stephen King movies have a great premise, start out well and fall flat by the end?  That's how this one was.  I was into it until the last half hour.  I kept expecting something more.  I loved the Mark Hamill cameo in the beginning and then seeing horror director greats Landis, Dante, Barker and Hooper closer to the end.  That was fun.  The cast does a fine job.  Say, what's the deal with the Sleepwalkers having the ability to change their cars from Cameros to Mustangs?  Am I just supposed to accept it since I'm already going along with their ability to shape shift?  They're already shaving off a couple of layers of my suspension of disbelief.  I can't have 'em taking too much more off because the weekend's coming up and I'm going to need 'em.  This movie isn't that bad but it sounds like I'm bitching a lot but they sure got a lot of mileage out of that Santo & Johnny classic, Sleepwalk, didn't they?  I lost count at how many times they played it but I was starting to get annoyed by it and I love that song.  But I totally dug the Enya tune during the end credits, Boadicea.  I'm a Dead Can Dance man myself and I don't care for much Enya but I really like that song.  Don't get too excited about the Columbia DVD.  You do get both the widescreen and fullscreen versions of the film but you only get 5 trailers for extras (THE TINGLER, JOHNNY MNEMONIC, SCREAMERS, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) and text Talent Files on some of the key people who worked on the film.  Shouldn't it be mandatory that if you include ANY trailers, one of them should be for the film on the DVD?  Stupid studios.

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