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Sleepstalker

3.9 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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SLEEPSTALKER - DVD Movie

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Harris, Jay Underwood, Kathryn Morris, Michael D. Roberts, William Lucking
  • Directors: Turi Meyer
  • Writers: Turi Meyer, Al Septien
  • Producers: Al Septien, Barry L. Collier, Brian Patrick O'Toole, Harmon Kaslow, Luigi Cingolani
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00021A1WE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,329 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sleepstalker" on IMDb

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By A Customer on April 6, 2001
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Horror, yes. Suspense, yes. Acting, OH YEAH. This one had me turning the lights back on. One thing that really got me was the closing sound track. Teresa Straley's rendition of "Sleep Baby Sleep" was not only haunting, but captivating. I only wish that it were available on a sound track album. In my opinion, this movie is, for horror fans, well worth watching. Great direction, but unfortunatly, there is a small problem with continuity. I've seen worse in films with higher budgets. Enjoy it for what it is, but remember to leave the lights on...
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I remember watching this when it first came it out. It scared the hell out of me. Even the lullaby scared the hell out of me. Basically because it was composed in miner keys. But I thought that it was an outstanding horror film. It's not quite original but it's good enough to scare the hell out of you.
The film is about a young boy named Griffen, who sees his parents killed by serial killer who calls himself the Sandman. Seventeen years later, Griffen has grown up to be a talented journalist. He feels pure relief when he finds out that the killer who murdered his parents is being executed. But what Griffen doesn't know is the Sandman performed this black magic ritual that will resurrect him into a horrific creature made of sand that can change his shape at will. The execution is performed and the sand-like killer/creature is resurrected and he sets out to end Griffen's life.
Like I said, this is not quite original but it is an excellent film and it will make you have every light on in your house.
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I remember watching this years ago... I thought it was a decent film with ok acting. And Mr. Michael Butts, Kathryn Morris' hit tv series is Cold Case--not Without A Trace! ..just to set the record straight. =)
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I remember watching this as a kid on HBO or something late night and it scared the crap out of me so 10 years later here I am purchasing it and man I have no idea why I was scared lol. Not scary at all. Anyways everything about this movie is average except for the killer which I think is great and well acted by this guy. The special effects are decent as well. I'd actually recommend this to anyone into slasher films because it is kinda different and it's very cheap to purchase. Also the vibe of the movie kinda feels like a Candyman movie for some reason. Worth a watch.
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A serial killer breaks into the house of 7-year-old Griffin, murders Griffin's parents, and is about to murder Griffin when the cops burst in and stop him.

Seventeen years later, the serial killer is finally executed in the gas chamber -- but then the returns as Sandman, aka, a Sleep Stalker endowed with supernatural powers. (It seems the filmmaker couldn't decide what to call this monster, as he's referred to as a Sandman, even in the end credits, but the movie's title is Sleep Stalker.)

This Sandman's supernatural powers include turning into sand. This enables him to pass through cracks and keyholes and air ducts. (Much like Dracula can turn into mist, and pass through the same.)

Griffin is by now a 24-year-old "freelance writer." He sports a goatee and spends much time in a funky coffee shop owned by Megan, his photographer girlfriend. It's all so slacker! So hipster 1990s! So Friends! Griffin even has a tweed hipster cap to go with his goatee!

Anyway, this Sandman has three nights to kill Griffin. If Sandman succeeds, he gets to keep his supernatural powers and serve Satan on a high level. If not, he simply dies. I guess.

Naturally, Sandman fails to kill Griffin on the first two nights, leaving only one night left. So instead, Sandman kills some other people along the way. This IS a horror film, so there must be a decent body count. Sandman kills them in creatively sandy ways. At one point he fills a woman's bed with sand, then pulls her under the sand so she suffocates. Other times his arm turns into pointed glass (sand turns into glass if it gets too hot), enabling Sandman to stab his victims.
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Sleeptalker surprised me and surpassed my expectations. This isn't your average B-movie, and it certainly deserves wider recognition and separation from the various straight-to-video flicks that are ignored by the typical movie-goer.

The plot revolves around a young man named Griffin (Jay Underwood) with an obviously troubled past. Griffin's parents (Marc McClure, Caryn Richman) were murdered when he was only seven years old by a serial killer known only as the Sandman (Michael Harris) -- a creepy scene we witness at the beginning of the film. Seventeen years later, when Griffin is a grown man, he seems to be leading a relatively normal life. He is looking for his big break in writing/journalism, and has a steady friendship (which, of course, is evolving into something more) with the lovely Megan (Kathryn Morris). But his seemingly normal life is shaken when he learns that The Sandman will soon be executed. At first, he's simply relieved and tries to brush it aside. But he'll soon discover that, as the tagline for the movie suggests, "Evil never dies...it only waits to be reborn". In his cell, the Sandman is given his last rites by a priest (Michael D. Roberts) -- who is actually a satanic worker of witchcraft. Through the dark powers that be, he grants the Sandman immortality, but only if he can kill Griffin within three nights. Griffin is his mortal link to this world -- a link that must be severed. This little bit of the story is actually a driving point behind the entire plot. A decently clever twist that pulls everything together by the end. So, after his death, the lullaby-singing sleep-stalker is reincarnated into a body made completely of sand.
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