31 Days of Monsters: #16, Mr. Sandman, leave my dreams be!

By Shawn Robare

Welcome back to my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown, day 16!  In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Ghostbusters franchise, not to mention my love of 80s animation, I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.  These animation cels are culled from my personal collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on All Hallows Eve.

Today’s monster is one of the more infamous in the Real Ghostbusters cannon, the Sandman…

For me, it’s not the visuals that make this character so frightening; it’s a mixture of his power (being able to put you to sleep and making your nightmares a walking reality for others) and his super eerie voice.   Click here, or on his ugly mug below to hear him go on a diatribe…

The idea that my unconscious fears would both be revealed to others while I slept, and find their way into reality is just bone chilling to me.  We all have our secret secrets, and there’s a reason we keep them hidden so deep that only your subconscious dwells on them.  That’s one of the things I hate about nightmares, it’s not confronting these demons as much as this weird feeling that while I’m fighting them in my sleep others can see them.   If my friends and family worm their way into m dreams it’s like they’re really there and when I wake those people will have a memory of my dream.   It’s like a shared experience, at least for me in my own head and it makes it hard to look some of these people in the eye afterward.  The Sandman has domain over this realm and the idea that he could pry open your mind and makes this dark stuff slither out is just plain scary.

Luckily for me this is only a cartoon.  It’s only a cartoon, It’s only a cartoon…

Make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment of the 31 Days of Monsters here at Branded in the 80s.  Also, you can head on over to the Countdown to Halloween and check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event…