Thursday, August 3, 2017

Movie Review: "Sleepwalkers" (1992)

Director: Mick Garris
Year: 1992
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes

Two creatures known as Sleepwalkers enter a new town in search of a virgin girl so they can suck out her life-force. 

"Sleepwalkers" is a horror film directed by Mick Garris, who has directed movies like "Critters 2" and "Psycho IV," so he's got a great resume! It is written by Stephen King, based on one of his unpublished works. It stars Brian Krause and Alice Krige, who play Charles Brady and his mother Mary Brady. These two are creatures known as Sleepwalkers, which are a strange species of werecat with magical powers. The pair is in an incestuous relationship where Charles and his mother have freaky monster sex at least a couple of times..........yeah, it's that kind of movie, though thankfully, these scenes are never explicit, just supremely bizarre. The Sleepwalkers go from town to town searching for virginal women so they can suck the life-forces from them, which is apparently how Sleepwalker werecat thingies survive. In this new town, Charles has picked a high school girl named Tanya, played M├Ądchen Amick, to be their next victim. Mary starts to question her son's intentions as it appears he may actually have feelings for Tanya.

When we sat down to watch "Sleepwalkers," we did not expect it to be about incestuous virgin soul-sucking werecats whose only weakness are actual cats. We don't know what we expected, but it certainly wasn't that. As with many horror films, this one has a pretty low budget, mediocre acting, and a few cheesy attempts at high-tech visual effects that are waaaaaaaay beyond the grasp its budgetary restrictions. Once you get past all of this, and if you aren't totally put off by the general concept, there is a bit of fun to be had here.

The movie takes awhile to get going in terms of the gore factor, with only a jump scare or two and one violent hand ripping moment in the first part of the movie. Most of the first portion of the film is spent building the characters, as well as the relationships, particularly the ones between Charles and his mother and Charles and Tanya. This part is pretty mundane but has an interesting little car chase thrown in to try and keep people engaged. It's past the mid-way mark where things start to get bloody and intense. We wouldn't say it's necessarily scary, but it is pretty gross and actually feels like it is meant to be darkly comedic. The best part of "Sleepwalkers" is when someone gets stabbed with a corn cob. BigJ and I literally cheered in our living room. What a freakin' scene! The final act of this flick is really fun, and we won't deny that we had a good time watching the absurdity unfold.

"Sleepwalkers" is quite the spectacle and will provide an enjoyable viewing experience for fans of low rent horror movies.  Though the acting is sub par and the digital effects are terrible, the makeup work is decent, and there are just enough corny lines of dialogue to keep the audience interested in what will come next. Plus, there's a Ron Perlman cameo that's not nearly long enough but is still fantastic nonetheless.

My Rating: 6.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 6.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 5.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 15%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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