SleepStalker (also Sleep Stalker) is a 1995 horror film written by Al Septien and Turi Meyer.
Seventeen years after slaughtering all but one member of a family, “The Sandman (Michael Harris)” is pending execution. Before his execution the jailers allow a minister (Michael D. Roberts) to visit him. The minister is a voodoo priest and an ally of the prisoner which the jailers did not realize. A hex is placed onto The Sandman so when his execution is over hissoul can travel to a new body made of sand. The Sandman then plots to kill a young man named Griffin (Jay Underwood), who was the last survivor of the family he attempted to slaughter. The film features horror genre star Ken Foree in a cameo role as a police detective.
“SleepStalker veers off the “modestly interesting” highway and takes the first exit that lands it right into “formulaic slasher flick” territory. We are treated to some inventive kills, mostly due to The Sandman’s gimmick–you know, he’s made of sand–but the movie is about as slasher as slasher gets. We’re introduced to a bevy of stock characters who die before we really get to know them, there’s a flashback origin story (that, to be honest, is really f*cking creepy), and we even get a blind, voodoo-practicing psychic black man! Trust me, if you’ve never seen this movie, you’ve still seen this movie.”
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