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|03.14.06||Alamo Downtown||This Screening is part of event: South by Southwest 2006|
Another one without an IMDb entry. This midnight movie is sort of a half-truth, half-fiction doc/mockumentary about underground horror and snuff films. The title (pronounced "sandman") refers to a fictional series of DVDs where this creepy7 overweight guy that lives in his mom's basement stalks women then kills them. The director sets the movie up as a documentary about these kinds of films where the sandman dude is just one subject but the movie slowly gets more involved to the point where he becomes a part of the story.
I thought this movie was OK. I maybe would've liked it more if the director wasn't so pompous during the Q&A. The ending is kind of vague and sudden, but the first thing he said when he got on the mic was that he would answer questions but wouldn't explain anything. So a few confused questions and really really vague answers later, he told us that he would give us "just a bit" of explanation and went into this whole bit about how he hates documentaries because they're just as false as fiction films so this movie was his exploration of that, and manipulating the audience... it took all five questions for him to finally admit that there was some fiction in the movie and of course by that time we were being rushed out of the theater by sxsw people. For me though, my only real interest was finding out which subjects were real and which were fake, so the Q&A was a complete waste of time for me. The movie reminded me of 8MM a lot (not a good thing, by the way)... I'm still not sure if there's an interesting movie anywhere in the world of snuff film or whatever... this didn't convince me that there is.
So this wasn't a complete letdown like Population 436, but it didn't really satisfy me either.