THE SANDMAN (2017) Reviews and overview

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‘Don’t fall asleep’

The Sandman is a 2017 supernatural American horror film written, co-produced and directed by Peter Sullivan (OminousHigh School Possession; Summoned). Marvel’s Stan Lee is an executive producer.

The Hybrid production stars Haylie Duff (Desecrated; Nightmare (2007); Addams Family Reunion), Tobin Bell (BelzebuthSaw franchise), Shaun Sipos (The Vampire Diaries; The RemainingTexas Chainsaw 3D; Lost Boys: The Tribe; The Grudge 2; Final Destination 2), Shae Smolik – The Hatred), Amanda Wyss (TriggeredThe Hatred; The Id; A Nightmare on Elm Street), Ricco Ross – The Possessed; Hydra; Octopus; WishmasterAliens), Jason-Shane Scott – Return of the Killer ShrewsThe Pit and the Pendulum; Starship Troopers 2; Curse of the Puppet Master; Shrieker).

Synaptic VFX (The Last Witch Hunter; Restoration; Sleepy Hollow TV series) provided the special effects.


“The story for this one is the same as Firestarter by Stephen King except the pyrokinetic is replaced with summoning The Sandman. In both films we follow a small girl with special abilities as she tries to avoid a government. Not much in the way of creativity and what we get is a slow-moving film that is predictable and painful.” Horror Society

“Working in The Sandman’s favor is its built in horror movie cred with the appearance of genre favorites Tobin Bell and Amanda Wyss […] Strong performances, a creepy creature, and an interesting premise make The Sandman worth checking out.” Showbiz Junkies


The Sandman premiered on Syfy on October 14, 2017, with a Lionsgate home video release in 2018.

Main cast:

Haylie Duff … Claire
Tobin Bell … Valentine
Shaun Sipos … Wyatt
Shae Smolik … Madison
Amanda Wyss … Doctor Amanda Elliott
Ricco Ross … Detective Price
Jason-Shane Scott … Colton
Morgana Ignis … The Sandman
Lyn Alicia Henderson … Abigail Farmer
Paul Logan … Heller
Scott Peat … Stanley
Richard Gleason … Doctor Cushing
Margarita Reyes … Nurse
Aaron Norvell … Cop
Scott Campbell … Sheriff
Catherine Urbanek … Michelle
Howard Chan … Pediatrician
Michael Keeley … Doctor
Ciarra Carter … Obstetrician
Cheyenne Phillips … Christina
Joy Bergin … Reporter
Pamela Mitchell … Pin-Up Girl
Robert Catrini … Mr Ryan

Filming locations:

Acton, Hawthorne and Los Angeles, California

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