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The Sandman (1991)

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On a dark night, as the clock strikes eight, a mother sends her child upstairs to bed with only a candle for light. The child is wary, then frightened. The child hears something climbing ... See full summary »

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On a dark night, as the clock strikes eight, a mother sends her child upstairs to bed with only a candle for light. The child is wary, then frightened. The child hears something climbing the stairs. We see a birdlike man, his head like a crescent moon, stealthily then noisily approach the child's room. Mother appears to kiss the child good night. Has the sandman been a figment of the child's imagination? Then, he appears in the child's room and, as the child sleeps, leans over and takes something, leaps to the window, throws open the sash, and flies to a nest where two hungry fledglings cry. What has the sandman brought them? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A short animated horror film of foreboding nature. The Sandman proves that puppets can set the scene, however surreal.
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For those who love the dark side of puppets, this is a must-see. One more ordinary night, a young boy is sent to bed with no more than a small candle to warn away the shadows that dance and play along the high walls. Will one odd-looking, despotic figure be able to turn this eerie night into something worse? While the film looks, at first glance, like something one would show to a child, it is far more. This is an ominous, foreboding piece, made effective with the fluent movement of the marionettes, well constructed scenery, expressive lighting, and perfectly suited music. Though this film is short, it leaves lasting prints on the mind through a fascinating, surrealistic twist on an old fairy tale.


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