Move over, Rob Zombie: Iggy Pop is getting into the scary movie game, and he's working with one of the best and creepiest horror directors out there!
The Sandman is a bit of an unusual release for Argento, and the crowdfunding campaign isn't the only way in which he's approaching this film differently. It's a Christmas movie, to start. The movie, his first since 2012's Dracula 3D, was written as a tribute to Argento's storied career as the "maestro" of horror, so it's a bit of a stylized retrospective in addition to being a ghouly, ghosty and gross movie. Iggy comes in as the villain and the film's protagonist, as The Sandman revolves around a kid witnessing the brutal murder of his mother on Christmas Day.
"I am tired of these Christmas movies showing goodness," explains Argento in the Indiegogo campaign clip. "Beauty, snowflakes, sleds pulled by reindeer. I'm tired of these things. I'd rather have a Christmas movie where there is also strength, violence, horror. And this is what I am going to do. Christmas is coming, and so is The Sandman!" (Dario: You should probs check out Home Alone, even if it's a different kind of holiday horror than the one you're describing.)
Adds Iggy: "Dario and I want to make the film that we want to make our way, and that means going direct to the people who've responded to our work for all these years: You. When word leaked out that we were thinking about doing a movie together, we were blown away by the reaction. That's when we started thinking: If people are so excited about this movie, let's get 'em involved. Let's all die horribly together in a blaze of glory. If I could play the the Sandman for Dario, it would make my life complete. I hope I haven't just written my own epitaph."
Heebie-jeebies galore over here! (And we certainly hope Iggy didn't just come up with the bit of text for his future gravestone, too.) Into the idea of one of the world's beloved rock icons slaying onscreen? Watch Dario and Iggy's message below to learn more.