Dario Argento Launches Crowd Funding Campaign For THE SANDMAN With Iggy Pop

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Dario Argento Launches Crowd Funding Campaign For THE SANDMAN With Iggy Pop
The headline says it all, really, iconic director Dario Argento has enlisted punk legend Iggy Pop to take the lead of his upcoming feature The Sandman and today has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise two hundred fifty thousand dollars to make the film a reality. You already know if you want to take part in this but find the complete press release below for details.


Score to Be Composed by Claudio Simonetti With Title Song By Scott Weiland

SAN FRANCISCO, October 9, 2014 - Legendary Italian horror director Dario Argento today launched a campaign for his latest film THE SANDMAN on Indiegogo, the world's largest crowdfunding platform. Starring iconic punk singer Iggy Pop as a serial killer dubbed "The Sandman", the sleek and contemporary thriller is set in the 21st century with deep and twisted primal roots stemming from the dark forests of Germany. The campaign kicks off Indiegogo's horror month. The month long celebration of all things scary will feature weekly blog posts from industry-insiders as well as a partnership with leading global cinema website ScreenAnarchy, which just celebrated their 10th anniversary.


Fans can contribute to THE SANDMAN campaign here.

"I was thrilled to read the script, because I recognized right away, this one was written for me," said Dario Argento, Director of THE SANDMAN. "I'm so excited that for the first time in my career, I will be able to involve my fans so early in the process and have them play an integral role in my next film. Also, working with Iggy Pop is amazing! Such an interesting and intense personality! I would not even simply say "actor" that does not cover it. I would rather say 'a unique presence'! Welcome to the unique world of THE SANDMAN!"

"I have long been thrilled and fascinated by the amazing films of Mr. Argento," said Iggy Pop, Lead Actor in THE SANDMAN. "All of which are master works. Yes, and also compellingly strange, beautiful, and full of relentless terror.  If I could play the Sandman for him it would make my life complete.  I hope I have not just written my own epitaph." 

The script, crafted by David Tully, was specifically written for Argento to enable him to make the ultimate horror movie masterpiece with the complete directorial control for which he has long awaited. The film is brimming full of references to Argento's past classic horror films such as SUSPIRIA and DEEP RED, while standing on its own as a sleek contemporary thriller.


Claudio Simonetti, Argento's longtime musical collaborator (DEEP RED, SUSPIRIA, TENEBRE, PHENOMENA) has been tapped to compose the haunting score. Scott Weiland has crafted the song "Way she moves" which will be the title song for the film. The song was recorded by Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts and will also appear on their new record coming in February next year.

The Canadian and German film production team lead by producers Daniela Tully, Jeff Rogers and Rob Heydon, is looking to raise $250,000 to aid in making their and Argento's dreams of creating the ultimate nightmare into a reality. Fans will have access to incredible rewards for contributing such as personal messages from Dario and Iggy, THE SANDMAN set tours, and a role as a black-gloved killer in the film!

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ZwansterOctober 9, 2014 11:14 AM

"I have long been thrilled and fascinated by the amazing films of Mr. Argento," said Iggy Pop, Lead Actor in THE SANDMAN. "All of which are master works.

I guess Iggy hasn't seen Dracula 3D or anything else that Dario has made in the last 20 years or so.

ourmanflintOctober 9, 2014 12:29 PM

I guess you haven't seen SUSPIRIA, DEEP RED and about another half dozen amazing films. Ever think about giving the guy another chance or are you that cynical and dead inside?

QinlongOctober 9, 2014 6:43 PM

The thing is those great films are mostly in the beginning and middle of his career, with the last tier of his career made up mainly of average-to-horrendous films (that some might find endearing, fine). So basically for all you know, Zwanster might have been giving him a lot of other chances... Giallo, Mother of Tears, Do you like Hitchcock, Card Player, Sleepless, Phantom of the Opera, The Stendhal Syndrome : that's a lot of chances to give, and that's his filmography of the past 20 years.
And of course you might have liked some of those film and I respect that, but none can be mistaken for great films, and you can't fault anyone for having lost hope in Argento artistry. I mean I can't think of a more striking downward trend in a famous director's career. At this point, no need to be "cynical and dead inside" (exaggerate much?) to have lost faith in Argento.

Mark WattsOctober 9, 2014 8:55 PM

Well fucking put. I call myself an Argento fan but shudder at the sight of his new(er) films.

ZwansterOctober 10, 2014 4:30 AM

Have you seen Dracula 3D? Yes I have seen Suspiria and Deep Red, pretty sure they more than 20 years old bud, that's why I said it.

mtertainmentOctober 10, 2014 3:51 PM

THAT Argento has been long gone for a few decades, my friend.