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No vegetables, no desserts. Those are the rules.
~ Mary Brady, after killing Officer Horace at the Robertson house.

Mary Brady is the widowed mother of Charles Brady and the main antagonist of Stephen King's Sleepwalkers. She and her son are life-draining, shape-shifting creatures known as the Sleepwalkers.

She was portrayed by Alice Krige.


Charles Brady and his recently widowed mother Mary are Sleepwalkers — nomadic, shapeshifting energy vampires who feed off the lifeforce of virgin women. Though they normally maintain a human form, they can transform (partially or fully) into human-sized bipedal werecats (presumably their natural form) at will. They are considerably more resilient than humans and have powers of both telekinesis and illusion. Their one weakness is cats, who are not only able to see through their illusions but whose claws are capable of inflicting severe to fatal wounds upon them. They also maintain an incestuous relationship (Although the reason remains unexplained, it may be the simple fact that they have lived so long with each other or the fact that they may be the last of their kind).

Charles and Mary have taken up residence in a small Indiana town called Travis, having recently fled Bodega Bay, California (where they used the aliases Martha Brodie and Carl Brodie) after draining and killing a young girl there. Charles attends the local high school, and there he meets Tanya Robertson in his creative writing class.

Tanya does not suspect the real reason why Charles is interested in her; to take her life force for both himself and his mother, who is starving. At first, it seems that Charles has genuinely fallen in love with Tanya (to the dismay of his jealous mother). On their first date, however, a picnic at the nearby cemetery, Charles attempts to drain the life force from Tanya while kissing her. Tanya tries frantically to ward off Charles by bashing his head with her camera, scratching his face, and ultimately plunging a corkscrew into his left eye.

As it happens, Deputy Sheriff Andy Simpson (who had earlier tried to pull Charles over for speeding and passing a stopped school bus, and seemingly trying to run down a young school girl) drives by the cemetery and notices Charles’ (now undisguised) car. When Tanya flees to him for help, Charles attacks Simpson and kills him. When Charles then turns to resume feeding off of Tanya, the deputy’s cat, Clovis, rises to the occasion and nearly kills Charles by scratching him in the face and chest. Mortally wounded by Clovis, Charles staggers back home to his mother who is able to make both of them "dim", i.e., turn invisible, and thus keep Charles from being arrested when the police storm their house.

Knowing that the only way for her dying son to survive is to feed, Mary attacks the Robertson household, killing the entire sheriff's department and severely wounding Tanya’s parents in the process. She kidnaps Tanya and takes her back to her house, where Charles by this time is all but dead. Mary revives him, and Charles makes a final attempt to drain Tanya’s life force. However, Tanya plunges her fingers into his eyes, killing him. Tanya manages to escape with the help of the sheriff who is later impaled by Mary on the picket fence surrounding the house. Several of the cats that had been gathering around their house throughout the movie, led by Clovis, jump on Mary and claw at her until she bursts into flames, killing her. Wallowing in her immense agony as she burns, Mary screamingly uttered her last words to Tanya Robinson, "You killed my son! My only son!", as if she blames the Robinson family for Charles' unfortunate fate. Her demise ends with Mary lying ablaze on her driveway and Tanya hugging Clovis, her savior.

According to Mary Brady long before her demise, she and Charles are not the last of their kind and she can sense the other unseen but remaining Sleepwalkers out in the world.


Part 1

I don't wanna dance.
~ Mary Brady
Don't ask your mother.
~ Mary Brady
~ Mary Brady to Charles Brady.
Should I be jealous?
~ Mary Brady to Charles Brady.
Am I beautiful?
~ Mary Brady
I am famished, Charles.
~ Mary Brady to Charles.
What are you talking about? I'm starving, Charles! I need it! And you have to GET IT FOR ME!
~ Mary Brady angrily slapping her son Charles for not retrieving pure life energy from Tanya Robertson for her.
Oh my poor baby, What happened?
~ Mary Brady noticing a scar on Charles' arm regarding Mr. Fallows' murder.
Oh, we aren't the last.
~ Mary Brady to her son regarding their fellow Sleepwalkers.
I can feel the others.
~ Mary Brady sensing the life force of remaining Sleepwalkers in the world.
Nothing's gonna happen. We just have to take care of each other.
~ Mary Brady to her son Charles.
You care more for her than you do for me?
~ Mary Brady to Charles about Tanya Robertson.
Because I'm hungry!
~ Mary Brady
You cannot be in love with this girl, Charles. Charles!
~ Mary Brady to her son Charles about Tanya Robert.
No! My boy's not going to die! NOT EVER!
~ Mary Brady in her emotional despair as her son Charles is dying from his wounds.
I have to make us dim.
~ Mary in her attempt to protect herself and her son by turning themselves invisible to avoid the policemen.
My son is hurt, he might be dying.
~ Mary Brady telling Helen Robertson why she must retrieve Tanya immediately.
Your daughter tried to kill my Charles!
~ Mary Brady threatening Helen Robertson about Tanya injuring her son Charles earlier.
He's my son! MY ONLY SON!
~ Mary Brady attacking Helen Robertson after she wished for both Mary and her son Charles to die and rot in hell for harming her daughter Tanya.
Get back here, you bitch!
~ Mary Brady attacking Tanya Robertson as she attempted to escape from the stolen police car.

Part 2

NO! He's not dead!
~ Mary Brady yelling at Tanya Robertson when she thinks that Charles is dead.
He's sleeping. Can't you see he's sleeping?
~ Mary correcting Tanya when she discovers that Charles is asleep and not dead from his wounds
You know what I'd bet he'd like to do? I'd bet you'd like to dance, wouldn't you, my darling?
~ Mary asking Tanya and then comforting Charles as he sleeps.
There. That's it. Dance!
~ Mary motivating her son Charles from his sleep to dance with Tanya.
Yes! Now, Charles, NOW!
~ Mary in her excitement as Charles morphing into his true Sleepwalker form while dancing with Tanya against her will.
Good! Good, Charles. Feed! SUCK HER DRY!!
~ Mary Brady to her son Charles in his last attempt to steal Tanya Robertson's life force.
"Stop! You're killing him!!"
~ Mary attacking Tanya as she tries but fails to stop her from killing Charles
You killed my son! My only son!!
~ Mary Brady's last words to Tanya Robertson as she burns to death from being scratched fatally by the cats.