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Sleepstalker (1995)

Video  -  Horror  -  20 March 1998 (Thailand)
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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 »

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Griffin Davis
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Megan
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The Preacher
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Detective Bronson Worth
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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 <prockwell@thegrid.net>

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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 »

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BIRTH OF THE SANDMAN
Composed and Performed by Adam Gorgoni
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C to the AMP
25 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't get why no one has seen this movie. In retrospect, it fills all three of the qualifications that should be necessary for it to gain eternal infamy. Those are:

1. Campy 2. Crappy 3. Cult

I mean, come on, who couldn't love dialogue like, "That freaking freak!" or the classic, "You psychotic sack of #%$@!" And the special effects are so awful, you've got to love them! Can't afford to use computers to make sand fall up? Hey, no problem, just dump it out of a ceiling vent and play the tape in reverse!

And the acting, oh man, you've gotta love the acting! There's Michael Harris, who actually looks like he's trying to make something of the Sandman--though he's working way too hard to be semi-scary--and Jay "OHMIGOD!!!!!!" Underwood, who makes William Shatner look like a student of William Shakespeare, and whose most famous role might (sadly) be the one he was (mercifully) never seen in--as The Human Torch in the unreleased 1994 version of "The Fantastic Four," which actually sucked considerably less than the big-budget 2005 version (but still sucked, nonetheless). Honestly, the only actor in this movie who seems to recognize this project for what it is (and play her role as such) is Kathryn Morris, who adds the obligatory moderately-attractive chick to the film. She's just helpless enough to be a B-movie horror villain, yet just resourceful enough to be a B-movie heroine. It's worth noting that Morris is literally the ONLY person involved with this film who is still doing anything more significant than the odd one-shot guest appearance on Law & Order clones.

Listen, this movie is not a masterpiece, and suggesting it as such is just ludicrous. In fact, it may be one of the worst movies I've ever seen, but it's bad in an endearing way. What's most unfortunate of all is that if a talented horror director like Wes Craven with a decent budget and a competent cast were to get their hands on this script, it could be a pretty good film. The story is there, but the acting, the directing, the special effects, and, you know, the intelligence aren't. As it stands, you can do a whole lot worse in those $5 bargain bins at Wal-Mart, but you can make your $5 go a whole lot farther if you spend it on a bag of chocolate. Unless you've got a sense of humor as sick as mine, you'll enjoy the chocolate a lot more than you will this 90-minute running gag of a film.


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