SLEEPWALKERS BLU RAY REVIEW

Cats are mans best friend. At least that is the idea behind SLEEPWALKERS, this Stephen King film. Based on an original script that emanated from an unpublished idea. It floats a series of absurd ideas, packaged in a heavily tongue in cheek frame and then makes us work to find our way out. This all while the bodies pile up, the effects are ramped up and the feline focus is picked up. It also is not only about cats. Incestuous vampires, lusty virgins and odd ball cops all make up the films lexicon of pop culture and horror iconography.

Small Town America. Home to cheerleaders, make out points and schools over flowing with pert teens. In steps Charles (Brian Kruse), blond haired Adonis from Ohio. He needs to give his mother (Alice Krige) a virginal soul. So he sets his sights on Tanya (Madchen Amick), who is the local cinema usherette and fun filled beauty. The problem is that people seem to know more about Charles then he would like.

My first thoughts on SLEEPWALKERS were different from many of those that I had read and even heard over the commentary. This is King at his most unbalanced but also most comical perverse. The observance of detail from the form, splatter and sex in particular, are well defined and executed. It gets that the genre had been stuck in the dumps and it maxes out its most sardonic notes. It doesn’t gel completely or coherently merge together. But it gives a seasoned viewer enough to work with and enjoy. The 1080p presentation levels with us early. Its warm tones and 80s pop videos. The copious extras are brilliant. The best is Garris and Gambin commentary. Funny, observant and still enough detail (especially when Horrors a listers turn up) to keep even the most knowing, happy. The film is a silly side show. It is also as they say, an oddity that makes any 80s horror fan, palpitate. But for me, it is those cats and in particular Clovis that make me happy. Combat vats have been something I liked for years. They are also something we do not get enough of. This film proves that cats get a rough deal for saving the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Limited Edition O-Card slipcase with silver laminate finish
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 audio options
  • English subtitles (SDH)
  • New Audio Commentary with director Mick Garris and film historian Lee Gambin
  • Audio Commentary with director Mick Garris, Mädchen Amick, and Brian Krause
  • “Feline Trouble” interview with director Mick Garris
  • “When Charles Met Tanya” conversation with actors Mädchen Amick And Brian Krause
  • “Mother & More” interview with actress Alice Krige
  • “Creatures & Cats: The FX of Stephen King s Sleepwalkers” featurette
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Limited Edition collector s booklet featuring new writing by Craig Ian Mann

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