By David HACKL


Horror - Development 2013

Based on an old German legend, The Sandman comes for you where you are most vulnerable: your eyes.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Horror
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    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Director(s)
    • David HACKL
    • Writer(s)
    • David TULLY
    • Producer(s)
    • Daniela TULLY (Shivertownroad Films), Rob HEYDON (Ecstasy Films)
    • Synopsis
    • THE SANDMAN is a special kind of boogeyman. While his character has been gentrified over the centuries into someone good hearted whose sole purpose is to take children over to dreamland, his origins are darker than any Brothers Grimm fairy tale.
      German writer E.T.A Hoffmann gave an accurate portrait of the sandman in his classic shorty story of the same title: the true Sandman was a sinister puppet maker, with a perverse obsession for lenses, automatons and … eyes. He would come to those children who wouldn’t fall asleep and steal their eyes in order to feed them to his children on the moon.
      This modern reimagining is a winter pastoral thriller, a Currier and Ives print drenched in blood -- inspired by the classic E.T.A. Hoffmann tale, the horror thriller tells the story of Nathan, a young art student in the city who struggles to forget his childhood trauma at the hands of the serial killer that the press dubbed "The Sandman. Nathan killed The Sandman over twenty years ago, after he witnessed the murder of his own mother... so imagine Nathan's terror when he sees the beautiful woman who lives in the apartment across the way, dying at the hands of that same masked killer. This brutal murder plunges Nathan into an odyssey back upstate, into the night country of his past, his dreams... and the buried secrets of The Sandman.
      The setting of THE SANDMAN is partly the city (Manhattan), but mostly the countryside at Christmas time: beautiful to look at as the snow falls outside and the colored lights play over the white, the holly and ivy. And the snow is falling hard, throughout the tight time frame of our tale. One gets the feeling that the endlessly falling snow inhibits movement, imprisoning our characters, cutting them off from the world outside -- imprisoning them in the dark world of The Sandman.
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