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* TitleDrop: ''Not Alone in Here'' has one near the ending. [[spoiler:Although the title seems at first to refer to Lotta's character not being alone in her home, the end reveal is much darker. Her internal monolog seems almost to offer a HopeSpot, since it's clear that she can't be dead if she's narrating her own story. Instead, it's revealed that she's alive, but trapped in her own body. And she's not alone ''in there'']].

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* JustForFun/OneOfUs: Sandberg started out on Website/YouTube and continued making videos for his channel even after directing several prominent franchise movies in Hollywood. He is also active on {{Website/Reddit}}, sometimes showing up to personally debunk false rumours about his own projects.


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* StringyHairedGhostGirl: 99% of all the spirits in his shorts are this, although there are times they're just a HumanoidAbomination, as seen in ''Coffer''.

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* StringyHairedGhostGirl: 99% of all the spirits in his shorts are this, although there are times they're just a HumanoidAbomination, as seen in ''Coffer''.''Coffer''.
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* ''[[Film/Shazam2019 SHAZAM!]]'' (2019)[[note]]also voices Mr. Mind[[/note]]

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Sandberg gained further success with Film/TheConjuringUniverse film ''Film/AnnabelleCreation'', which grossed over $300 million on a $15 million budget. In July 2017, he was announced to direct the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse film ''[[Film/Shazam2019 SHAZAM!]]'', which was released in 2019 to very positive reviews, and he is expected to helm a sequel to it.

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Sandberg gained further success with Film/TheConjuringUniverse film ''Film/AnnabelleCreation'', which grossed over $300 million on a $15 million budget. In July 2017, he was announced to direct the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse film ''[[Film/Shazam2019 SHAZAM!]]'', which was released in 2019 to very positive reviews, and he is expected which got him to helm make a sequel to it.
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* ''SHAZAM! - Fury of the Gods'' (2023)

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* NoBudget: His shorts: He goes for super cheap and open source software as much as he can and encourages people to do what they can to make movies, regardless if they don't have "the proper equipment" as seen in his "How to Make a Shitty Dolly" video.


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* AndIMustScream: Notably ''Pictured'' and ''Not Alone'', both ending terribly for Lotta: ''Pictured'' ending with [[spoiler: Lotta becoming trapped in the creepy picture and the ghostly entity taking her place]] and ''Not Alone'' ending with [[spoiler: Lotta being stuck in a comatose state, with the entity ''with her'']].
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: For all his creepy shorts, ''Not So Fast'' and ''Closet Space'' end in a much looser sense, notably with ''Not So Fast'' [[spoiler: just being Lotta having a nightmare and David shrugging it off]].
** ''Not Alone'' is his first short to feature internal monologue, something he addresses in the making of video.
* TheChewToy: ''Lotta'' in all his shorts to the point of RunningGag where she's haunted by a supernatural force, although David has put himself as this from time to time in his shorts, notably with SelfDeprecation humor.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: ''Not Alone'' has Lotta be attacked by the demon who entered her home and it ends with David coming home to find her in a comatose state, and judging from Lotta's internal monologue, it's made clear the entity is in her mind as well...]]
** NoEnding: Some of his shorts have this, notably ''Lights Out'' and ''Cam Closer''.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: 99% of all the spirits in his shorts are this, although there are times they're just a HumanoidAbomination, as seen in ''Coffer''.


* ''[[Film/Shazam2019 SHAZAM!]]'' (2019), also voices [[spoiler:Mr. Mind]]

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Speaking of Youtube, Sandberg is still very active on his [[https://www.youtube.com/user/ponysmasher channel]], where he provides illuminating insight on the process of theatrical filmmaking and clearing up some common misconceptions about production of major releases.


He first started his career working on animated shorts and documentaries in Sweden. The NoBudget horror short films he directed and uploaded under the alias "ponysmasher" garnered significant following on Website/YouTube, the second one in particular, ''Lights Out'' (2013). That success caught the attention of Creator/NewLineCinema's producers, who hired him to direct a [[Film/LightsOut2016 feature length version]] of ''Lights Out''. It came out in 2016, to great success (grossing near $150 million on a $5 million budget).

Sandberg gained further success with Film/TheConjuringUniverse film ''Film/AnnabelleCreation'' (2017), which grossed over $300 million on a $15 million budget. In July 2017, he was announced to direct the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse film ''[[Film/Shazam2019 SHAZAM!]]'', which was released in 2019 to very positive reviews, and he is expected to helm a sequel to it.

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He first started his career working on animated shorts and documentaries in Sweden. The NoBudget horror short films he directed and uploaded under the alias "ponysmasher" garnered significant following on Website/YouTube, the second one in particular, ''Lights Out'' (2013).Out''. That success caught the attention of Creator/NewLineCinema's producers, who hired him to direct a [[Film/LightsOut2016 feature length version]] of ''Lights Out''. It came out in 2016, to great success (grossing success, grossing near $150 million on a $5 million budget).

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Sandberg gained further success with Film/TheConjuringUniverse film ''Film/AnnabelleCreation'' (2017), ''Film/AnnabelleCreation'', which grossed over $300 million on a $15 million budget. In July 2017, he was announced to direct the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse film ''[[Film/Shazam2019 SHAZAM!]]'', which was released in 2019 to very positive reviews, and he is expected to helm a sequel to it.


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* ''Film/{{Lights Out|2016}}'' (2016)
* ''Film/AnnabelleCreation'' (2017)
* ''[[Film/Shazam2019 SHAZAM!]]'' (2019)
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Sandberg gained further success with Film/TheConjuringUniverse film ''Film/AnnabelleCreation'' (2017), which grossed over $300 million on a $15 million budget. In July 2017, he was announced to direct the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse film ''[[Film/Shazam2019 SHAZAM!]]'', which was released in 2019, and he is expected to helm a sequel to it.

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Sandberg gained further success with Film/TheConjuringUniverse film ''Film/AnnabelleCreation'' (2017), which grossed over $300 million on a $15 million budget. In July 2017, he was announced to direct the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse film ''[[Film/Shazam2019 SHAZAM!]]'', which was released in 2019, 2019 to very positive reviews, and he is expected to helm a sequel to it.

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