Jacques Tourneur's CAT PEOPLE was a sexy, stylish and evocative horror movie about ... well, people who metamorphose into cats. No doubt bestselling horror writer Stephen King admires the film and, whether conciously or not, chose to pay homage when he wrote SLEEPWALKERS. But like Paul
Schrader, who remade CAT PEOPLE in 1982, King is defeated by the silliness of the metaphor: monstrous transformation as an analog of lust. It takes a sure and light touch to navigate such treacherous thematic waters, and King's approach is all sledgehammer vulgarity.
Mary Brady (Alice Krige) and her son Charles (Brian Krause) seem like ideal neighbors. Attractive, intelligent and ...