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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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Dee Snider



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Dee Snider's portrayal of Carlton Hendricks, aka Captain Howdy, in the original film created a character that has become a cult horror legend. Emaji Entertainment will accompany the ... See full summary »



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)


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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So much flesh, so little time. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dee Snider's StrangeLand See more »


Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$373,288, 4 October 1998

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When the mob gathers around Carleton Hendricks' house, someone is holding a sign that says "We're not gonna take it". This is also the title of the biggest single from Dee Snider's band Twisted Sister. See more »


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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »


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Dee Snider knows how to do horror
26 June 2002 | by casey_choas66See all my reviews

For those of you who don't know, or maybe just don't remember Dee Snider was the head of the famous old school metal band Twisted Sister. Snider brought us such great anthems as "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock". Now brings us to 1998 where Snider has began to write again. But he has shifted gear, this time he is writing a movie. "Dee Snider's Strangeland" a movie he not only wrote but produced and starred in as well. This is a fairly unknown movie because the NC-17 rating didn't give it much help at the box office and lets admit it people, S&M doesn't exactly make for good clean family entertainment. But all that aside it is the story of two girls who one night meet our antagonist, Captain Howdy ( played here by Snider himself). Well of course Howdy being the strange and sick person he is invite's the two girl's to a party where he later inflicts all kinds of disturbing pain and torment. Well after the girls go missing the one girls father, Inspector Gage (played by Kevin Gage) goes on a search for his daughter. Through the help of his niece (Amy Smart) he tracks down Howdy and takes him into custody. Four years later Howdy is released a new man. But the towns folk want nothing to do with him and want to see him dead. Along comes Robert Englund as a redneck beer drinking slob who decides to take matters into his own hands. Wanting to see the demise of Howdy an angry mob breaks into his house and take him away. As fate would have it Gage sees the whole thing happen. Well the death of Howdy is unsuccessful and Howdy becomes his same old self again. Target #1 for Howdy, seek revenge on Gage who could have stopped the whole thing but decided to just sit back and watch. So again Howdy goes after Gages daughter and Englund. What we have here is a trip through Sniders sick and twisted mind. There is something here to make just about everyone turn there head in disgust. Some may not even make it past the movie's box which features a picture of a girl with her mouth sewn shut. Definitely not for the faint of heart of the squeamish. With every good horror movie comes a good soundtrack and this is no acceptation. The soundtrack combines today's great metal acts with yesterdays classic styling. The soundtrack and movie starts with a dark and dim solo outing from Snider that sets the mood of the movie. It ends with the first new Twisted Sister song in a long time with all the original members. If you are a fan of the music or just looking for a good horror movie ( a thing quite hard to come about these days) this movie is for you. We ask the question: does it have a cast of top notch actor? No. Will everyone enjoy it? No. Is it an entertaining ride. that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat? Yes.

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