Seventeen years after slaughtering all but one member of a family, a vicious serial killer known only as "The Sandman" awaits execution. But first, his jailers allow a minister to visit the... See full summary »
Seventeen years after slaughtering all but one member of a family, a vicious serial killer known only as "The Sandman" awaits execution. But first, his jailers allow a minister to visit the killer to give him last rites, unaware that the minister is a voodoo priest and an ally of the condemned prisoner. The priest places a hex on the Sandman so that when he is executed, his soul migrates into a new body made of sand. To sever his ties with his former life and achieve absolute power, the sandman must find and kill a man named Griffin, the sole survivor of the last family murdered by the killer. Written by
Patrick D. Rockwell <email@example.com>
The main characters' age is depicted differently throughout the film. In the first scene, Griffin is seven years old and Sandman appears to be in his early thirties. Seventeen years later, as Sandman awaits execution, he seems not to have aged a day, while Griffin is a full grown man. However, the flashback scene shows Sandman appearing to be about 10 years old, while Griffin is depicted as a baby. Their age difference just doesn't match up. See more »
Decent idea fails because of not-so-special effects
The basic idea, a killer coming back from the dead as a guy made of sand in order to kill people again, isn't bad, and the movie has a few scary moments, but the effects are far from special. One of the effects that gets incredibly over-used happens whenever the killer turns into sand and defies gravity to pour himself up into air vents or whatever happens to be nearby. At first, it looks pretty cool, but if you turn your head upside down to watch the scene, it's pretty obvious how it was done, and the entire movie looks cheaper. If I remember right, there's a great plot twist towards the end, but it's too little, too late to save this movie. I don't recommend Sleepstalker.
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