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Upstairs, in the moonlit and empty room, a little boy scared of the dancing shadows, encounters a figment of his vivid imagination: the horrible Sandman.

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Upstairs, in the moonlit and empty room, a little boy is sent by his mother to bed with an old lamp in his hand and a pat on his shoulder. Scared of the dancing shadows in the empty room's corners, the boy tries to find refuge under the covers, nevertheless, as the eerie view of the crescent moon outside his window creeps inside, his mind begins to play awful tricks on him. Could the horrible Sandman have entered the boy's room, and if he has, what does the elusive intruder want? Written by Nick Riganas

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The source material comes from the short horror story "Der Sandmann", written by E. T. A. Hoffmann (best known for writing the novella "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King", on which the famous Tchaikovsky ballet is based.) In it the protagonist has an aside conversation with an old woman, who relates details about the "real" Sandman's nature and habits that diverge sharply (and ghoulishly) from the character as he is traditionally depicted in European folklore. Her description of the Sandman appears as the antagonist in this animated short. See more »

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Unique, captivating and BLOODY SPOOKY!
25 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

I first saw The Sandman during a screening of numerous short films from around the world on TV one night.

Haunting music introduces us to a shot of the moon, and a house, where a young boy is being sent to bed by his mother. The unique animation and direction captures the small child's fear as he walks up the creaky stairs and runs hurriedly down the corridor into his room.

The Sandman appears at the bottom of the stairs, a lanky figure with a huge, crooked head - not scary so much as BLOODY SPOOKY!

As the child is more and more frightened by the noises inside and outside his room, we see the Sandman approach, closer and closer until...

An amazingly captivating film which has great animation, direction and music - one of the most memorable and "effective" short films you will ever see - extremely sharp and shocking...

Wait 'til you see the end!


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