You know you're a big author when your name is part of a movie title. And Stephen King is about as big as they get. "Stephen King's Sleepwalkers" is his first "original screenplay" - it was written directly for the screen, rather than adapted from a short story or novel. Sleepwalkers is a borderline average Stephen King horror film about shape shifting vampires. King and director Mick Garris ("The Fly II," "Critters 2," "Psycho IV") throw in car chases, dumb cops, sadistic teachers and simple-minded parents for their target audience, teens who think all authority figures are jerks. The film is fairly cheesy with average acting and doesn't try to do anything effective, new or thoroughly original. Sleepwalkers features cameos by some great genre film-makers including John Landis, Tobe Hooper, Joe Dante, Clive Barker, and King himself as the caretaker of a cemetery.
VERDICT: "Rent Worthy" - [Mixed to Negative Reaction] These films are only worth renting because of certain good things that are worth seeing, but are not worth paying at a theatre or the DVD to see due to bad things that overcome anything good. (Films that are rated 2.5 stars)