During the early 90's Horror Movies were still in full effect. They we're a staple of the home video rental boom and still played regularly in theaters. The beauty of this era was that so many new films came out. By new I mean original, with new characters, not just sequels to already established movies. One of these was Sleepwalkers which was written by Stephen King.
A Sleepwalker is a type of vampire. It has a human form but it can transform into a type of giant cat as opposed to a vampire bat like the traditional vampire. They also have the power of telekinesis, and can make themselves invisible. They need to feed off of Virgin Women to live. There only real weakness comes from common cats. Cats can sense them and their claws can kill Sleepwalkers.
2 of these creatures in question are a mother and son named Charlie and Mary. After killing multiple women in California they decide to settle into a small town in Indiana. Needing for feed Charlie enrolls in the local high school hoping to find a virgin so he can bring her to his mom so they can feed. He finds one in the form of a girl named Tanya.
He manages to charm her into a date but it goes bad when he lunges for her and she fights him off, at one point even stabbing him in the eye. The town sheriff comes upon this but is quickly killed by Charlie. Luckily the cop drives around with his cat who scratches Charlie up and nearly kills him. From there things go from bad to worse for the sleepy town as Mary seeks out revenge for her son and begins a killing spree.
Alice Krige is amazing as Mary, a loving psychopath monster who steals every scene. She's perfectly frightening at times and really holds the film together. The rest of the cast is good as well. Ton Pearlman even pops up in a small role as Captain of the police force.
A little corny at times the film is still a fun watch all these years later. The effects hold up really well and the cinematography is still great. It's one of the better looking films from that time. And now thanks to Scream Factory it's getting the release it deserves.
The Collector's Blu-ray looks and sounds fantastic. The colors are vibrant and seem to pop through the screen. The sound transfer is also amazing as everything, including the quiet background noises are crisp and clear through the speakers. It's even loaded with special features.
NEW Audio Commentary With Director Mick Garris And Actors Mädchen Amick And Brian Krause
NEW Feline Trouble – An Interview With Director Mick Garris
NEW When Charles Met Tanya – A Conversation With Actors Mädchen Amick And Brian Krause
NEW Family Values – An Interview With Actress Alice Krige
NEW Feline Trouble: The FX Of Stephen King's Sleepwalkers – Interviews With Special Make-up Effects Creator Tony Gardner And Prosthetics Designer Mike Smithson
I enjoyed the movie back in 1992 and I still had a great time watching it again in 2018. It holds up great and still makes for a fun original horror film. Factor in the great transfer and you have a must own right here
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars