Wow I never thought I’d see this news! Stan Lee has added The Sandman to his exceutive producing roster, doubtless leading to cries of “Not so fast, Morpheus!” and “None shall stand in the way of Death!” and–
WAIT! IT’s a different Sandman! Not even the Marvel Sandman! It’s a SyFy movie called The Sandman starring Haylie Duff and Tobin Bell.
Kinda puts that Bumblebee kerfuffle in perspective.
It’s a rare occurrence (in fact, almost never) that creative legend Stan Lee (The Avengers, Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy) produces an original movie but this is the case with the compelling thriller, The Sandman, an original horror movie for television premiering on SyFy next month on Saturday, October 14th at 9PM. Executive produced by Lee alongside Gill Champion, Barry Barnholtz (Leprechaun), and Jeffrey Schenck (Finders Keepers, The Crooked Man), The Sandman, which features genre standouts Tobin Bell (the Saw films), Shaun Sipos (The Vampire Diaries, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Final Destination 2), Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Ricco Ross (Aliens), stars Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite, Material Girls) like you have never seen her before.
Witten and directed by Peter Sullivan (Ominous, Summoned) whose production company, Hybrid, is known for exceptional movies for television, crafted the horror around eight year old ‘Madison’ (Shae Smolik) who, when her father is found dead, goes to live with her aunt ‘Claire’ (Haylie Duff), a struggling artist in a nearby city. It isn’t long before Claire realizes that the young girl has unusual powers, including the ability to manifest a frightening boogeyman she calls “The Sandman.” Claire quickly begins to suspect that the Sandman might be responsible not only for the death of Madison’s father, but many other victims across the country.
With a clandestine government agency closing in on the young girl, Claire and Madison will have to work together to find a way to stop the Sandman before he claims his next victim. Factor in the sinister ‘Valentine’ (Tobin Bell) who leads a cadre of bureaucrats who do not mean well and soon, strange things start happening whenever Madison is around. Things move around by themselves. Cabinet doors open and close. Almost as if there’s some kind of supernatural entity in the house. It’s a journey you’ll have to fully experience to understand.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.