'Sleepwalkers' was billed as Stephen King's first original screenplay (that is, not based on any published books or stories). It wasn't — he'd written a script for Sam Peckinpah that never got made — but it was the first to see production. In any case, it plays as if King took it out of the trunk, blew the dust off, and cashed his check.Alice Krige is a shape-shifting "sleepwalker" who has an incestuous relationship with her son (Brian Krause). Together, Mom and son lure nubile virgins (including Madchen Amick, fresh from Twin Peaks) and suck out their life force. The only thing that can stop them is a cat, and there are plenty of those here, led by a heroic feline named Clovis.
Completely by-the-numbers stuff, and of no particular interest except for the computer-generated morphing effects (impressive at the time) and the amusing cameos by King, Tobe Hooper, Clive Barker, Joe Dante, John Landis, Mark Hamill, Glenn Shadix, and Ron Perlman.Notable today mainly for being director Mick Garris' first of many whacks at King material, in a career that would seem non-existent if not for the Tall Man from Maine.