Sleepwalkers (1992)

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A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on.


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21 September 2004 | Coventry
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| Look Charles...mommy brought you a virgin!
Okay, put aside the vampires, werewolves, Godzillas and masked serial killers for a while…. What we have here is an entirely new breed of horror species. The Sleepwalkers, as based on Stephen King's unpublished story, are reptile-like creatures that feed on the vitality of young virgins. Charles Brady and his foxy mother are the last of their kind and have a torrid incestuous relationship. But in order not to become extinct, Charles needs to seduce the cute Mädchen Amick so he can suck her dry and pass the energy on to his mum. Pretty far-fetched, isn't it? That's exactly the problem with the whole movie. It tries to be something completely new and inventive but the story fails to give a proper background to these – basically interesting – creatures. Why are they called Sleepwalkers? Why virgins exclusively? What's their origin and how come they're as good as extinct? How come they have the ability to appear invisible and – most importantly – why are ordinary cats their biggest threat?

If you don't bother about the constant illogicalness and major plot holes, you'll sure be entertained. 'Sleepwalkers' contains tons of gore (especially near the end when it's a total cop-massacre) and the silly humor. It's pretty amusing to see a chubby cop getting stabbed by a corncob! 'Cop-Kebab!!!!!' Yet, it has to be said, in between the badness, Sleepwalkers does feature some terrific elements and a few highly entertaining trivia-aspects. The beautiful songs 'Boadiccea' by Enya is one of the best sounds ever featuring in a horror movie. And the film is stuffed with fun cameos of other horror directors like Clive Barker, Tobe Hooper, Joe Dante and John Landis. Stephen King himself shortly appears as the cemetery caretaker. The best advice I can give you when watching this film: Switch your brain to 'off' and have fun.

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,017,354 12 April 1992

Gross USA:

$30,524,763

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,524,763

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