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Strangeland (1998)

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A detective pursues a sadist specializing in body modification rituals who lures teenagers through the internet.

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John Pieplow

Writer:

Dee Snider
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Gage ... Mike Gage
Elizabeth Peña ... Toni Gage
Brett Harrelson ... Steve Christian
Robert Englund ... Jackson Roth
Linda Cardellini ... Genevieve Gage
Tucker Smallwood ... Capt. Churchill Robbins
Ivonne Coll ... Rose Stravelli
Amy Smart ... Angela Stravelli
Dee Snider ... Capt. Howdy / Carleton Hendricks
Amal Rhoe Amal Rhoe ... Tiana Moore
Robert LaSardo ... Matt Myers
Andrew Cooper Andrew Cooper ... Victim Bob (as Andy Cooper)
Archie Smith Archie Smith ... Elderly Man
Lois Hicks Lois Hicks ... Mental Institution Nurse
Carey Westbrook Carey Westbrook ... Sam the Orderly (as Carey Louis Westbrook)
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Storyline

A schizophrenic sadist by the name of Captain Howdy lures teens through the internet into his painful traps. A detective starts pursuing him after he captures his daughter. Eventually they catch up with him and send him to a mental hospital. But upon his release, the townspeople don't accept the new, peaceful former Captain Howdy, and attack him. Howdy goes nuts again and in revenge starts everything all over, only worse. Can the detective stop him?... Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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let the ritual begin See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic torture/violence, language, nudity and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dee Snider's StrangeLand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$373,288, 4 October 1998

Gross USA:

$713,239

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$713,239
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There was going to be a sub plot of the Captain having a double life. With him being in the same life style as Howdy. He is in the same club Howdy he was topless wearing the mask. See more »

Goofs

The first female victim in the car's trunk is bloated and wet from having been submerged for at least several days yet the blanket that she was wrapped in during that time is completely dry and shows no signs of having been under water at all. See more »

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Captain Howdy: [about the net] Gotta love this technology
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Alternate Versions

The DVD version is unrated while the VHS version is the edited R-rated version. See more »

Connections

References A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) See more »

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Written by Afraal Nasiruddeen, Gia Chaun Wang, F. Waring, and Karyn Crisis
Performed by Crisis
Courtesy of Metal Blade Records and Surf Surf Music (BMI)
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Just Okay ... But way better than Rob Zombie
21 December 2014 | by oprlvr33See all my reviews

Admittedly this film is far better than the sinister Rob Zombie junk. (sorry Rob fans)

At least Snyder put some substance, plot, and decent action into this. Have to hand it to him: he's not a bad actor. Especially in a psychotic role; which some may accuse of him as being cliché'. However, it is Dee Snyder. He wouldn't unrealistically portray a warm, loving father. Keep it real. And while I was never a huge fan, nor follower of metal music, I loved Twisted Sister. And Dee Snyder is my all-time favorite. Here he almost brilliantly resurrects his Capt. Howdy personae.

And featuring Robert Englund; a very noted actor, whom of course revolutionized horror movie history with his iconic Freddy Krueger. Here we are subject to an opposite, non-sinister role as Jack, much like Englund's nice-guy character Willie, from the classic V - TV series. Snyder obviously is an Englund fan (like the rest of us :) and deliberately cast him in this film, as honorary appearance. No doubt Englund is brilliant, and could easily pull off a crime-drama psychotic serial killer as well.

Overall, a few sinister scenes do drag a bit, and lack some intensity. However, Snyder does pull this thing off, for the most part.


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