S&Man (Sandman) (V) release date October 12 2010 studio HDNet Films director J.T. Petty writer J.T. Petty site sandman-movie.com trailer 1 Trailer #1 Official Score: Average User Rating: ADD A USER REVIEW 13 comments Posted By Mrmcd666 on October 14, 2010 @ 7:47 pm Log in to Reply ★★★★☆ WOW, I need to take a shower after this one. Very Disturbing. Posted By thezombieepidemic on October 15, 2010 @ 11:24 am Log in to Reply ★☆☆☆☆ Watching S&Man is like closing your eyes and taking a leap down the rabbit-hole, only that at the end of this endeavor you open your eyes and realize that you were standing in a hole that was 3-feet deep the entire time. It was very obvious that J.T Petty had a decent concept for a documentary that fell apart when he couldnt secure the interviews or footage that he needed to bring the monster to life. Instead, he ends up with footage of low-life/low-end underground filmmakers that probably shouldnt be allowed to have access to a video-camera. These people are the unwanted misfits of the horror/exploitation community, some of which dont even enjoy what theyre doing. These people just arent interesting enough to keep this movie alive. With Petty quickly losing his ass and not being able to produce anything worthy of justifying the budget he was given, he needs to come up with something to keep this boat from sinking. Enter Eric Rost-J.T.’s scapegoat. Unfortunately, this character only brings enough to the screen to give your g/f the heebie-jeebies and thats about it. I didnt find this film the least bit interesting, nor did it touch any sensitive nerves with me. I appreciate the effort Mr. Petty gave towards trying to save this thing from going down in a ball of flames, but it just wasnt enough to deliver. By the end of the film I didnt feel that i was anywhere different than when it started. Ironically enough, i found myself vouyeristically (im sure this was the main driving point the director was going for) watching these people construct what they think is making “hardcore” horror films and talking like theyre doing society a favor with these films. Overall, i found this to be very boring and i really didnt give a shit about anything that was going on nor any of these people/characters and what theyre doing. Im glad nobody has given these individuals enough credit to let their artistic integrity get any further than the underground/fetish scene. Posted By wolfman-mike on October 18, 2010 @ 5:54 pm Log in to Reply ★☆☆☆☆ this movie was for sure the most dumbtarted movie i watched this year! it was boring as hell, i couldnt stand the fat guy i wanted to punch him in the face for looking like a D BAG! i could not find one thing i liked about it, even the sandman episodes were lame and unreal, im not a fan or have ever watched any of the toe tag films but there interviews were the only ok thing about this pile of shit movie! and i HATED the long hair director what a load of garbage! Posted By CapsulesnCoffee on November 3, 2010 @ 2:29 pm Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ (mild spoiler alert) A thought provoking and dark look into the world of underground/fetish horror cinema. By far the best part of the film is the interviews with filmmakers Fred Vogale and Bill Zebub; two people who are easy to dismiss as degenerate and misanthropic, but in the film come across as intelligent and fascinating, though they are clearly deeply troubled individuals(Vogale having psychopathic tendancies and Bill a raging alcoholic who seems to have more than a few issues with women). where the film struggles is with it’s faux element; Eric, it just feels dull compared to the real people and films on display. While what JT is trying to do by inserting Eric is neat, the execution is lacking and sticks out like a sore thumb. S&Man is a flawed yet essential film for serious horror movie buffs; it’s ghastly food for thought. Posted By gorypass on November 18, 2010 @ 10:10 pm Log in to Reply ★★☆☆☆ It was interesting to finally see this, saw on BD this listing for the longest time so they finally relased it. I think I found Eric to be the most weirdest one and he is just why you shouldn;t date a man who still lives with his mommy. I think we all want to see death if its real or not we like blood to flow. Just look at the beading videos online so we all have that interest. Posted By JM on November 19, 2010 @ 7:31 pm Log in to Reply ★★☆☆☆ Didnt do a thing for me. The disjointed documentary on filmmakers that I could give a shit about (its like interviewing my neighbor – who cares) with the failed attempt to raise my fears with this Eric guy, stalking and possibly really killing these people… I turned it off before it got to the end – Im guilty of that – but Id seen enough. Thought from seeing this on BD it might be good, but its no POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES, and it feels like somehow it wishes it was. LESLIE VERNON is a much better documentary gone wrong film. Watch that instead. Posted By Hammer-Smashed-Face on February 2, 2011 @ 8:34 pm Log in to Reply ★☆☆☆☆ Boring docu-style sexploitation flick that just basically interviews (extremely) small-time horror directors and has a sidebar story about a weird director who takes things a bit further. Just didn’t find this interesting or entertaining at any point during the movie–straight in the garbage. Posted By LoneWolfx on February 2, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Log in to Reply ★★☆☆☆ A poor attempt at documenting real life snuff films,I think it’s safe to say everyone wanted to punch that fat guy in the face he was overly annoying other then than i wouldn’t recomend this film to anyone else you have time to kill. Posted By dabulk2 on February 14, 2011 @ 6:12 am Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ A very disturbing film that creepy as hell. Posted By Captain-Pissgums on March 19, 2011 @ 2:58 am Log in to Reply ★★☆☆☆ The premise of the movie was very promising, but the filmmaker plays it too safe. A better cast would have really helped, especially the protagonist. He looks like every other douchebag you’d see at say a comic convention or video game congress. Posted By Hengst2404 on April 10, 2011 @ 2:33 pm Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ For somebody who had never even looked into underground horror films and who knew nothing about S&Man, I felt like I was the ideal audience for this movie. Many of the reviews I read focused on how they already knew much of what was being offered here for consumption. I didn’t realize that many of the folks displayed here existed and certainly was unaware of the experts they brought in to discuss the topic. This movie is essentially a movie within a movie, which combines an actual documentary featuring real people discussing the violent underground horror film market and a made up director within that market who appears to be actually making his films for real. Because I was unaware that much of the material presented was from real people, I spent a large chunk of the movie going back and forth as to whether I was seeing actors in some sort of mockumentary or whether this was just an actual documentary. As it progresses and we see more and more of director Eric’s S&Man (pronounced Saman) series, we begin to see that his answers to the documentary’s questions seem vague or outright evasive. It becomes clear that the people in his movies do not appear to know they are being followed or filmed. I give director J.T. Perry credit for attempting a relatively unique concept here, but ultimately felt like he would have been better off focusing on either a documentary or an actual horror movie. Sometimes the real parts of the movie slowed down the momentum of the actual fictional elements presented here. In the end, the content of the real parts did serve to make me feel a bit uneasy about what I was being shown in the fictional and perhaps that is what the director intended. I think i would have liked to have seen a few more risks taken and the side story increased in length just a little bit more. Still, this was a unique movie and it kept me guessing far longer than any other films I had seen in recent memory. Posted By TheGonzoJoint on May 29, 2011 @ 6:01 pm Log in to Reply ★★★★☆ Sometimes, I watch horror films to be entertained, and sometimes, I watch them to be disturbed, compelled, and shocked. Films such as “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” and Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist” were not made to entertain. They were mean to feel like an emotional and horrific sucker punch to the face. If a film can disturb me whilst being smart, then that’s good filmmaking. Bad filmmaking, in the horror genre, to me, is when someone can disturb you merely by showing; without telling. “S&Man”, which is obviously just a stylized way to spell “Sandman”, is a documentary that has done its homework on some of the nastiest and most horrific horror films/snuff films in history. I don’t like snuff films. I never will. I don’t get pleasure out of watching anything that shows violence without a reason, or without substance. I suppose you can still be sane and enjoy these kinds of movies, but I have limited respect for those who laugh and make rude, piggish comments on films meant to provoke and disturb. I liked “S&Man” because it is smarter than it probably needs to be. It knows quite a bit about the material it is talking about, and while the material and content shown is horrific and repulsive, the film has its reasons; and they are good ones. It’s not an informative documentary, per se, but it makes commentary on the horror genre, and it is commentary that actually works. The film is about the documenter and his crew diving deep into the world of horror filmmaking. There are some interviews with people who specialize in horror analysis; people that understand the genre as much as, say, a guy like me does. At its core, the movie really is about snuff films and underground horror. That is what it wants to be about; and that is the kind of movie that it is. I went in knowing that I could either feel dirty and dizzy upon viewing it, or I could absorb it and see it as intelligent filmmaking. It’s a good movie, with a point (which basically stands as its story) that draws you in until the very end. Look people. Don’t expect to enjoy this movie. It’s not meant to be enjoyed, and it is not presented in a way where you could look at it and say, “Hey. That was fun to watch!” You shouldn’t think like that, but if you are a horror fan, then you may appreciate the stuff that this film says for the dark corners of the cinematic earth. I guess when it all comes down to you deciding whether you actually want to watch this thing or not, you have to make a decision. Would you find these people sick on sight, or would you perhaps look at them for a while and then make your finale verdict? Can you sympathize for people who make snuff films for fun? I can’t. I don’t think they are good people; I don’t think they are bad people. They are just human beings with the ability to enjoy things and acts that most cannot. If you can take “S&Man” for what it is, and without vomiting, then you’re ready for it. I am recommending it because in fact, it’s a smart movie. Not for everyone due to what it depicts, but it knows more than any other horror satire/documentary I’ve seen (from the modern era, and for quite some time, that is). If you are a smart movie-goer who likes smart horror films, then you will like this smart movie. It’s as simple as that. Posted By PrettyScary on December 15, 2011 @ 1:29 pm Log in to Reply ★★★★☆ A clever, creepy tale disguised as a mundane documentary. Inventive and worth the time investment. Thought provoking and entertaining.