Movie Review: Stephen King’s SLEEPWALKERS (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

 SLEEPWALKERS was directed by Mick Garris from a screenplay by Stephen King and stars Mädchen Amick, Brian Krause, Alice Krige, Lyman Ward, Cindy Pickett, Dan Martin, Glenn Shadix and Ron Perlman.

Written by Stephen King and directed by Mick Garris, Sleepwalkers is a classic horror story that takes a perfect Norman Rockwell town … and turns it inside out. Brian Krause and Alice Krige star in this terrifying tale of modern-day vampires who move from small town to small town to prey on virtuous young women. Imperceptibly inhuman to everyone except for felines, these vicious shape-shifters have their eyes on a new victim: Mädchen Amick is Tanya, the sexually curious virgin who falls for Charles, the new boy in school (Krause). Mutating at will from golden boy to savage monster, Charles stalks Tanya to feed his seductive mother. As the tension mounts (and the casualties pile up), the town’s tabbies gather for a final, chilling showdown with the monsters in their midst – and we all know it’s not nice to hurt people’s felines.

Sleepwalkers follows Charles and his mother Mary who move to a small town so they can feed on their unsuspecting human neighbors. Charles and Mary are these cat-like, soul-sucking shapeshifters that prey on humans (especially the town virgins) and their only weakness strangely enough are cats. By the way, Charles and Mary also have an uncomfortably close relationship. What happens is, Charles enrolls at the local high school and this is where he meets Tanya and the two quickly hit it off because he knows how to charm his way into people’s lives. Especially naive virgins.

Charles has a bit of a mischievous side to him and dines on a victim or two while he makes his rounds around the small town. By the way, Charles has good taste in cars. What happens is, the secrets about the charming boy and his reclusive mother slowly reveal themselves when they begin their feeding frenzy and poor Tanya unknowingly ends up on the menu. The thing is, Tanya ends up surprising the monstrous mother-son duo because she has some fight in her plus she gets a little backup in the end that allows her to fight off and defeat these mysterious cat-like creatures that suddenly showed up in her small town.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front features the all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. The Blu-ray disc features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Sleepwalkers is another one of those horror movies I was crazy about when I was younger and even owned it on VHS at one time. The concept about these cat-like, soul sucking shapeshifters that hop around from small town to small town to feed on unsuspecting humans honestly was a little bonkers because these creatures are also very vampire-like in a way plus they’re scared of cats. Honestly, I don’t know what they are and they look kind of funny. There’s also a mystery that surrounds these creatures which makes them so interesting and that’s part of the movie’s charm. The movie also has this innocent, coming-of-age element to it thanks to the damsel in distress who ends up taking on the monstrous mother-son duo in the end. Sure, it’s a cheesy horror movie but it’s such a fun watch plus it has some pretty cool special effects that have stood the test of time. I really enjoyed revisiting this 1992 cult classic directed by “Master of Horror” Mick Garris that features cameos by other horror maestros like Stephen King, Clive Barker, John Landis, Joe Dante and Tobe Hooper. Even Mark Hamill shows up in an uncredited role at the beginning of the movie. Sleepwalkers is now available on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and is definitely worth adding to your Scream Factory collection.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include some new audio commentary, four new interviews, some vintage behind-the-scenes footage, original theatrical trailer, four TV spots and a still gallery.

  • NEW Audio Commentary with director Mick Garris and actors Mädchen Amick and Brian Krause
  • NEW Feline Trouble – an Interview with director Mick Garris (19:34)
  • NEW When Charles Met Tanya – a conversation with actors Mädchen Amick and Brian Krause (15:25)
  • NEW Family Values – an Interview with actress Alice Krige (15:49)
  • NEW Feline Trouble: The FX of “Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers – interviews with special make-up effects creator Tony Gardner and prosthetics designer Mike Smithson (15:38)
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage (06:53)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:53)
  • TV Spots (01:52)
  • Still Gallery (03:52)

 

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