The Sandman

In popular culture

  • 1971: The song "Winter Wine" on the album In the Land of Grey and Pink by Canterbury Scene band Caravan cautions listeners to "remember it pays to pay the sandman well."
  • 1982: In Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner the replicants visit a maker of "eyes" for robots. He tells them "I made your eyes".
  • 1963: "In Dreams" is a Roy Orbison song, in which the candy coloured man they call the sand man tiptoes in his room every night.
  • 1991: "Der Sandmann" is the basis of the stop-motion animation film, The Sandman, created by Paul Berry, and nominated for an Oscar.
  • 2007: The Residents' album The Voice of Midnight is an updated re-telling of "Der Sandmann".
  • 2015: Hellboy in Hell: The Hounds of Pluto include characters named Hoffman and Coppelius. Hoffman also mentions that, in life, he was given a golem by Coppelius. This is somewhat analogous to the automaton in The Sandman.
  • The character of Olimpia appears in Kim Newman's novel Dracula Cha Cha Cha.
  • Olimpia – spelt as "Olympia" – is The Queen of Toyland and married to the First Frankenstein Creature in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill.
  • The Sandman will be one of three Hoffmann tales featured in the upcoming Russian animated feature Hoffmaniada.
  • Neil Gaiman's Sandman series of graphic novels feature a character created by Morpheus ("the Sandman") called the Corinthian, who steals the eyes of his victims, similarly to Hoffman's Sandman.
  • Malifaux, the skirmish-level miniatures wargame, includes several models referring to Hoffman's Sandman, including Coppelius, a nightmare who eats the eyes of his foes, and numerous animate dolls, such as the ballerina-like Coryphee.

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