Sleepwalkers ★★★★

This was pure fun, cheesy Stephen King. The screenplay developed by the man himself from one of his unpublished stories. Mick Garris does an incredible job bringing King’s writing to the screen. The incestuous shapeshifting vampiresque creatures look a little made-for-television but the lower budget doesn’t get in the way of the storytelling one bit.

Mädchen Amick is always amazing to see in anything. Fresh off the set of Fire Walk with Me, she is in peak form. With cameos from horror icons like Joe Dante, John Landis, Tobe Hooper, Clive Barker and Stephen King even makes an appearance himself. Mark Hamill and Ron Perlman are also in this, making you wonder how they squeezed so many iconic people into one film. Mick Garris has always traveled with good company. Cinematographer, Rodney Charters, does a great job making this movie look and feel like a Stephen King piece, sweeping shots of white picket fencing and all.

This picture movie makes me wonder why Mick Garris got stuck in the made-for-tv world, never receiving a large enough budget or original enough script, always seeming to be the sequel guy or the novel adapter. Maybe, that’s where he felt most comfortable, but after surrounding himself by some of the most successful filmmakers of the time, from Spielberg to Carpenter, you wonder why he never amounted to more. Even his genius idea for the show ‘Masters of Horror’ never seemed to maintain it’s steam or funding, which seems like a crime to me.

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