Iggy Pop Cast as Serial Killer in New Dario Argento Film

BY Josiah HughesPublished Oct 9, 2014

Beloved giallo horror director Dario Argento (Suspiria, Phenomena, Inferno) has maintained a busy work schedule throughout his life. Now 74, the filmmaker has announced plans for his next film, The Sandman, which stars rock icon Iggy Pop in its lead role.

Argento recently launched an Indiegogo page to fund the film. There's a ton of information, including the following synopsis:

THE SANDMAN tells the story of Nathan, a young student in the city who struggles to forget his childhood trauma at the hands of the serial killer dubbed "The Sandman". Nathan killed The Sandman (Iggy Pop) years ago, on Christmas Eve, after he witnessed the murder of his mother...until he sees the beautiful woman who lives in the apartment across the way dying at the hands of that same masked killer. This brutal murder plunges Nathan into an odyssey into the night country of his past, his dreams...and the buried secrets of The Sandman. Christmas is coming, and so is The Sandman.

"I have long been thrilled and fascinated by the amazing films of Mr. Argento, all of which are master works," Iggy Pop said in a statement. "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."

Argento had some enthusiastic statements of his own, saying, "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!'"

The Sandman is currently seeking $250,000 of funding. If it's completed, the film will feature music from Argento's longtime collaborator Claudio Simonetti of Goblin.

Watch a trailer for The Sandman below.

Thanks to Pitchfork for the tip.

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