Movie Review: STICKMAN
This is one of the three original films that debuted on ScyFy this past October, as part of its “31 Days of Halloween” promotion, the other two being THE SANDMAN and NEVERKNOCK. As with those other two efforts, STICKMAN raises the bar as to what you’d typically expect from the network and its homegrown productions. They were all three solid efforts, well worth the time to watch. STICKMAN could be a relative of Freddy Krueger, in that he goes after people in their dreams. He can be contained, though, trapped in nightmares, by drawing him. (Sounds a little hokey, but it works.)
There’s really solid acting throughout, and coupled with a good script and a creepy-looking (even if CGI-rendered) monster, that’s all you in need in terms for a formula for a successful film. Confined to an asylum after being accused of killing her family at the age of ten, the survivor girl gets released to a halfway house populated by other troubled teens, and her personal monster, the Stickman, now freed from her nightmares and loose in the real world, follows her. The only real weakness in the storyline is that everything falls apart for her on the same day. She gets released in the morning, and by nightfall the Stickman has attacked her at the foster home and killed all the adults. It felt a bit rushed, an effort to squeeze in all the plot in the time allotted, but this is a minor quibble in an otherwise superior effort. I’d give it an A-minus.