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The Sandman (2017)

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A little girl with formidable powers imagines into existence the Sandman, a terrible monster from her nightmares that brings harm to anyone who wants to hurt her.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Haylie Duff ... Claire
Tobin Bell ... Valentine
Shaun Sipos ... Wyatt
Shae Smolik ... Madison
Amanda Wyss ... Dr. Amanda Elliott
Ricco Ross ... Detective Price
Jason-Shane Scott ... Colton
Mick Ignis ... The Sandman
Lyn Alicia Henderson ... Abigail Farmer
Paul Logan ... Heller
Scott Peat ... Stanley
Richard Gleason ... Dr. Cushing
Margarita Reyes ... Nurse
Aaron Norvell ... Cop
Scott Campbell Scott Campbell ... Sheriff
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A little girl with formidable powers imagines into existence the Sandman, a terrible monster from her nightmares that brings harm to anyone who wants to hurt her.

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Don't fall asleep.

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Rated R for some violence and bloody images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sandman: Pesadelo Real See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Hybrid See more »
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1.78 : 1
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At 48 minutes Claire checks a GPS address, then immediately calls the person at that address without looking up the number first. See more »

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Not worth falling asleep for
7 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'The Sandman' drew me into seeing it, with a cool poster/cover, an slightly intriguing premise and as someone with a general appreciation for horror. That it was low-budget, which from frequent personal experience is rarely a good sign due to that there are so many poor ones out there, made me though apprehensive.

It is sadly however yet another film seen recently, hence some reiteration because the exact same strengths and flaws those films have are present here, that to me was incredibly disappointing considering its potential which it doesn't do anywhere near enough with. 'The Sandman' is terrible, with a plethora of problems (huge ones too) and doesn't do enough with its potential, which was hardly small. There is next to nothing to recommend and it is a sleeper.

Lets start with the positives. The scenery is atmospheric and spooky. Tobin Bell does his best.

Unfortunately, the scenery is not done justice by the rather direct to video schlocky way it's shot and edited, it was very clear that the film was made in a rush with no care or enthusiasm.

Going on further to the negatives, the story does feel paper thin, disjointed and over-stretched and some of it feels vague, under-explained in the last third where the film especially became duller, more predictable, more senseless and less scary. Too many characters are too sketchy and with nowhere near enough to make one want to endear to them. Their annoying and illogical decision making and behaviours frustrates.

Making the film feel bland and forgettable with not enough heart put into it. The effects are ropy at best, the sound quality is obvious and utilised cheaply (being too loud in the build ups and people's reactions) and it's best not mentioning the uniformly lumbering and histrionic acting, especially one of the worst child performances ever.

Dialogue can be stilted and rambling, with lots of clichés and no depth whatsoever, while the pace goes to a standstill very quickly and drags on forever with very little going on worth caring about, never recovering. Found too many the supposedly shocking moments not surprising or scary and the supposedly creepy atmosphere dreary, due to the excessive obviousness, a lot of dumb and vague moments and explanations and the lack of tension and suspense. Would not have minded the lack of originality (the film is extremely derivative and in a dumbed and watered down way) if the story and atmosphere were at least alright in execution, in reality they were both very poorly done.

A lot of 'The Sandman' has underdeveloped plot elements and often nonsensical and confusing character motivations, while too many of the things to make you jump or shocked are far from creative or scary and are pretty tame. The ending makes the film finish on an incomplete and confused whimper.

There is not enough threat, and what there is of it tends to be used poorly, it is completely unimaginative and more odd than creepy in its execution of the more psychological elements, completely failing to show any sense of horror or creativity. Some badly sagging momentum too. The direction is leaden, inexperience seems to be all over the film, and the music doesn't really fit.

Altogether, another very bad film. 2/10 Bethany Cox


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