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Add a comment. Active Oldest Votes. From here : Jack Nicholson ad-libbed the line "Here's Johnny! I wouldn't be at all surprised. I'd be interested in what a version of "Sleepwalkers" might be like where Charles was constantly kind of showing his true interests to the audience while Tanya wasn't looking.

You could come at the screenplay in a different way and get a very different movie. Sad but true. It'll definitely happen eventually; not sure when, though.

The agenda around here is a mile long! Eventually, I may well do a complete-films-of-Tobe-Hooper project for this blog. But when? Again, see previous comment regarding lengthy existing agenda. I've been listening to the "Needful Things" audiobook, and wanted to mention that Homeland Cemetery is mentioned. That novel, of course, is set in Castle Rock So this Castle Rock, Indiana, thing continues to just not make a lick of sense.

He sure was, and he sure was. I don't know when Clovis passed away. My guess is probably a long time ago. Before we begin, I've got to cop to something: yes, in fact, I do know that he doesn't actually sing "here comes Johnny. If you have no bloody clue what I'm on about, well, saddle up, pardner; you're in for a heck of a barn dance.

Today, we shall ponder Sleepwalkers. Oh yes we will; that's a threat AND a promise. The sharp-eyed among you will have noticed that the title of this post bears a "Part 1" designation. You have correctly assumed that this means a t least a Part 2 will follow.

Yes, you read that correctly; four flippin' posts on Sleepwalkersconsisting of:. The goal is to give this movie a fair shake. It's been derided by lots of people, myself included, and I cannot deny that it's fun to go into ultra-snark mode with a film like this one.

That's not much of a challenge, though; and better snarksters by far than I have already done that work. So I'm going to go another route and take the movie as seriously as I can possibly take it, and we'll just see what comes of the effort. I'm sure that there's going to be some snark along the way, of course; I can't help being me, and me is prone to pointing and laughing at things from time to time. The question, then, is this: did I enjoy the movie more on this viewing than I had previously?

The answer is: you know I did. I think there's a lot to like here; some serious problems, too, but plenty to enjoy. With that revealed, what is there to say about Sleepwalkers that doesn't involve collapsing into gales of oh-aren't-we-above-all-of-this style laughter?

We'll begin with the central conceit of the movie: the sleepwalkers themselves, an entirely new type of monster created by Stephen King expressly for this film. They'll probably never appear in another film, either, not merely because of copyright issues, but also because it's a little difficult to summarize exactly what the fuck a sleepwalker is. Heck, even Stephen King wasn't quite able to get the job done:. And I think it's important to remember both sides of this equation as we proceed.

Sure, this movie could have been more than what it is; but it was never obligated to be, and it's really only useful to ask if it is successful in the things it set out to do. On that score, I think Sleepwalkers is a big old mixed bag. If I were tasked with assessing which way the scales were tipped, I'd have to say it is weighted more heavily toward failure. But I don't think the imbalance is all that severe; not as severe as the movie's reputation suggests, at least. Speaking of that reputation, I myself have been hard on it over the years; but if I'm being honest with myself, I'd never really paid it any significant attention until sitting down to do this series of posts.

I don't really have that deep a personal history with the film, not in comparison to most other King movies. I was already a devoted King fan by the time the movie came out; it was one of the first King movies to get released into theatres after my fandom began.

The first was Graveyard Shiftwhich I missed and was perhaps not even aware of ; the second and third were Misery and The Lawnmower Manboth of which I went to see. The fourth was Sleepwalkersand I did not go see it. I did not even consider going to see it; it did not interest me. Looking back, this amazes me; stupefies me, even. I can't make sense of it. Whatever the case, skip it I did, and I didn't see it until I bought the DVD, which if Amazon is not lying to me was not until early Nearly a decade managed to slip by before I saw that movie.

These days, I'd feel obliged to hand in my King-fandom card if I were to go even a year before seeing it. By that pointI already felt mostly negatively toward the work of director Mick Garris thanks to his version of The Shining.

I'd enjoyed his adaptation of The Stand fairly well, but the remake of The Shining failed for me on almost every level, and it was Garris that I blamed for that. So when I finally saw SleepwalkersI more or less had already written it off before even popping the disc in. In watching it, I saw nothing to change my mind; so what had been pre-judged remained judged, and I think I rewatched the movie only twice more in the years that followed.

Maybe even just once. It was a classic case of letting my own opinion about something become entrenched for no particularly good reason. I've ranked all of King's movies several times, and it's kind of interesting -- if only to me -- to look back at the non-evolution of my thinking about Sleepwalkers within those posts. The first time, inI put the movie at 49 out of I had virtually nothing to actually say about it, so I settled for " damn does this movie suck.

I mean, it's just friggin' awful. For the revised post, the movie ranked 63 out of 83 the list of what I include varies from ranking to ranking. I added nothing new to my text; I just copied and pasted the previous year's comments. The most recent version -- the list -- has 96 entries, and Sleepwalkers came in at That's a pretty big leap! No idea how or why that happened, but it did, and yet I still had more or less nothing new to say about the movie.

When I update those rankings each time, I first do the rankings, without checking the previous rankings. Once the rankings are done, I'll consult the previous version's text and if I don't feel like I have anything to add or update, I'll just copy and paste it over. I mention all that so as to mention this: in the seven years since beginning this blog, my Here Comes Johnny about Sleepwalkers has changed very little.

That thinking was vague at best; the rankings were pure prejudice of barely-held memory. I remembered that the movie got super cheesy at certain points, and then let my anti-Garris bias do the rest of my thinking for me. Now, I don't want to make it seem as if I'm about to start trying to redeem the movie and claim it as a misunderstood masterpiece or anything like that.

As I said earlier, I want to give the movie a fair shake. I don't think you could fairly say this is anything better than a guilty pleasure. But by gum, I do believe that's what it's turning into for me during the course of this reassessment! I enjoyed watching the movie for this project. I watched it three times and enjoyed it all three! Yes, I do feel a little guilty about it. I am ostensibly a movie lover, one who has Here Comes Johnny the Oscars every year going back to at leastand saw parts of it for who knows how many years prior to that.

I once skipped an exam in college because it took place during the Oscars; sure did. And yet, I missed all those movies this year, and many others besides. But I made time this week to watch Sleepwalkers three times.

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Flowers cover Sticker By Anjaniputra. At the beginning of each episode, Ed McMahon would introduce Carson with the line, "and now, heeeeeere's Johnny! That scene has been parodied online in various video remixes and exploitable image macros. Prior to Carson's appearance on each episode, Ed McMahon would announce "and now, heeeeeere's Johnny! The line became well known in pop culture and was famously referenced in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. In the film, Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance hacks down a door with an axe.

Once there is a hole large enough for his face, he sticks his head through and sinisterly Here Comes Johnny "here's Johnny! The scene would inspire future memes using the phrase. The scene became one of the iconic moments of the film, and was widely parodied, both online and in pop culture.

It was also parodied in a series of YouTube Poops. For example, on August 13th,an edit was posted by iContainFail, gaining over 13, views shown below, right. The scene has also been parodied in several popular YouTube videos which feature different characters acting out the scene. A Source Filmmaker edit of the scene posted in June of by zombiller gained overviews shown below, right.


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