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Sleepstalker (1995)

R | | Horror | Video 20 March 1998
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Harris ... The Sandman
Vincent Berry Vincent Berry ... Griffin, age 7
Caryn Richman ... Mom
Marc McClure ... Dad
William Lucking ... Detective Bronson Worth
Michael D. Roberts ... The Preacher
Jay Underwood ... Griffin Davis
Angel Ashley Angel Ashley ... Cheryl
Kathryn Morris ... Megan
Kathleen McMartin Kathleen McMartin ... Dana
A.J. Glassman A.J. Glassman ... Kenny
Barry Lynch Barry Lynch ... Pierson
David O'Shea David O'Shea ... Prison Guard
Gabriel Carrier Gabriel Carrier ... Witness
Peter Mark Vasquez ... Dog Sanchez
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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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Evil never dies, it only waits to be reborn See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1998 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleepstalker: The Sandman's Last Rites See more »

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There are several flashbacks to Griffin as a baby along with his older brother. In the first flashback in question, (first that shows the older brother walk to the crib,) his older brother's shirt is tucked into the front of his underwear. In the next flashback, replaying the same scene, only now extended further, when the brother walks to the crib, his shirt is untucked and hanging loose. In this same flashback, the camera pans away for a moment, with the shirt loose, and when it returns, the shirt is once again tucked into his underwear. See more »

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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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BIRTH OF THE SANDMAN
Composed and Performed by Adam Gorgoni
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Does the Sandman do more besides put sand in your eyes?
23 March 2001 | by fortevoxSee all my reviews

I have only seen SLEEPSTALKER twice: and that was on cable.

I saw it first in 1997 and then recently this year (2001).

The thing in this movie that is really scary is the sad, mournful lullabye "Sleep baby, sleep...down where the woodbines creep...be always like the lamb, so mild and kind and sweet...sleep baby, sleep." TOO HYPNOTICALLY SCARY!! Woodbine is a plant that is remotely associated with the Grim Reaper (Death)

The whole premise of a convicted killer offering his soul to satan in exchange for immortality is nothing new to the horror movie genre...but the dialogue and special effects were pretty pitiful.

The similarity between the Sandman and Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street) is that both of these "nightime nightmare boogeymonsters" had rotten childhoods wraught with child abuse, and grow up to be killers... Hmmmm...interesting concept. I give this one a five out of ten.


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