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Book Vs Movie: Stephen King's "Sleepwalkers" & "Sometimes They Come Back" (Replay)

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Release Date: 10/11/2019

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Book Vs. Movie (Replay)

The Stephen King Bonus Ep

With Special Guest Adam Riske (F This Movie)

Two podcasting, movie geeks talk about two classic Stephen King stories

Sleepwalkers” & “Sometimes They Come Back

In this special “Stephen King” ep, Margo D. and Adam Riske who is a contributor to the excellent movie podcast F This Movie, get together to talk about two rather weird Stephen King productions that they both love for nostalgic reasons. Then we wander off into some unexpected pop-culture tangents-- but let's get into the movies first.

Adam begins with 1992’s Sleepwalkers which stars Brian Krause, Madchen Amick, and Alice Krige. King penned the screenplay based on an unpublished story and it is directed by his pal Mick Garris who also helmed King's The Stand and the updated The Shining.

What is this movie about? Well, it has a mother and son who are not only creepy supernatural creatures who feed on virgins and then skip town. They are also involved with each other romantically!  Amick plays his love interest and her parents are played by Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward who played “Ferris Beuler’s” parents (they have since divorced.)

There are all kinds of strangeness with this movie including the herding of cats, a graveyard picnic date scene and an appearance by Mark Hamill! It’s pretty fantastic.

Margo D. chose Sometimes They Come Back which was first featured in King’s collection of short stories Night Shift. The 1991 CBS-TV movie starred Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams and Nicholas Sadler (whom Adam and Margo recall from his famous appearance in a 1990 episode of The Cosby Show.)

Matheson plays Jim Norman, a school teacher who lost his brother to a tragic gang attack and now must face his past as they all somehow show up in his life to raise hell once again.

The original in printed form scared the bejeebus out of a young Margo. The TV adaptation? Not so much but it makes for an amazing discussion with the following topics covered:

  • HBO’s original sex comedy Dream On starring Brian Benben
  • Chanteuse Jane Child and her amazing 90s hit Don’t Wanna Fall in Love
  • Our differing opinions on the upcoming Pet Semetary remake. (Adam is not sure about that one)

Hope you enjoy this different take on our usual Stephen King bonus eps. (Margo breaks out into several giggle fits here.)

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