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Did you catch this one on SyFy over the weekend? If you missed it, keep an eye out for replays, or try to watch it online, or get it when it comes out on video. It’s rockin’. In fact I loved it. Despite the fact that I am genetically predisposed to love Monster movies whether they are good or bad, this one really IS good. It’s nice to see a creator working who actually cares about the product he’s putting out and it isn’t just a studio money grab. THE SANDMAN was written and directed by Peter Sullivan, who deserves kudos, and produced by comic book legend Stan Lee. It stars Haylie Duff–neither she nor sister Hilary are known as acting heavyweights, but the former does a credible job here–with Tobin Bell (the SAW franchise) as a shady government scientist type (who really isn’t such a bad guy) in there to lend the piece some Horror cred. And young actress Shae Smolik, who looks like a preteen version of Amanda Seyfried and is something of a prodigy, according to her IMBD profile, delivers a powerhouse performance.

The real star of the picture, of course, is The Sandman. Unintentionally conjured from the nightmares of a psychic little girl (think a young Carrie with her own pet monster), the titular heavy isn’t actually a full-fledged villain until towards the end of the movie, when some dimwitted psychiatrist succeeds in…Ah, but that would be giving away too much.

I for one would love to see some more Sandman movies from Mr. Sullivan. And somebody really needs to make a Sandman action figure. I’ll go ahead and put in my preorder.

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here:


TheCheezman • October 27, 2017

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