You won't be able to sleep!
The three main characters, in Sleepwalkers, get fabulous introductions. One is shirtless, another one is trapping cats, and the third one, our protagonist, is dancing in the empty theater she works at while cleaning the floor. Sleepwalkers is one of the most musical Stephen King stories. It is directed by one of his most prolific adaptors; Mick Garris, and this is one of his best efforts.
The screenplay is daring. Its flaws make the film charming. It’s not particularly clever. It is controversial. It deals with subjects like rape and incest with a tongue-in-cheek approach. There is a discrepancy between what Brian Krause’s character thinks of his crush, and what he attempts to do to her once they finally date. It’s a pivotal moment in the film’s structure and it’s badly handled.
Sleepwalkers’ casting is impressive. Mädchen Amick is so gorgeous her beauty is practically part of the plot. She plays the virgin those two werecats need. The antagonists are similar to vampires, by design, and they need her vital energy. Things are never explained to us in those words, though. Indeed, this film is more oriented towards atmosphere than substance. It’s kind of a slasher, too!