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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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Mike Gage
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Jackson Roth
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Capt. Churchill Robbins
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Rose Stravelli
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Capt. Howdy / Carleton Hendricks
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Tiana Moore
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Sam the Orderly (as Carey Louis Westbrook)
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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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Rated R for strong graphic torture/violence, language, nudity and sexuality | See all certifications »

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2 October 1998 (USA)  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)

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$373,288 (USA) (2 October 1998)

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$631,221 (USA) (9 October 1998)
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Based loosely on the Twisted Sister song "Horror-Teria" from their album "Stay Hungry" (1984). See more »

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When Captain Howdy is hanging from the hook and Mike sets him on fire, he is wearing a chest covering painted to look like his skin and tattoos. It's evident because his body suddenly becomes twice as bulky. See more »

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Captain Howdy: How about I come over there and beat the dog shit out of you?
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Graphic, disturbing
14 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A sick man named Carleton Hendricks (Dee Snider), cruises the Teen Chat lines as Captain Howdy. He poses as a teenage boy and invites other teens over his house to party. He instead knocks them out, strips them, sews their mouth closed and tortures them (mostly with needles). He captures the daughter of cop Mike Gage (Kevin Gage). Gage finds him, arrests him and he's institutionalized. Four years later he's released...totally cured. But a lynch mop (led, amusingly, by Robert Englund) attack him and hang him. He doesn't die but he snaps and Captain Howdy is back...

A very sick, disturbing, twisted horror film. Captain Howdy enjoys pain and torture and is trying to show the kids he kidnaps how to enjoy it also. The torture scenes aren't that explicit (you hear more than you see), but what you do see is very very sick. There's no humor and the (muted) screams of his victims sound way too real. I was cringing away from the TV during most of the scenes.

The acting varies. Kevin Gage isn't that good as the cop--he's not terrible but he could have been better. Dee Snider is very scary as Captain Howdy--his attack scenes are not pleasant.

All in all, not your typical horror film. I'll probably never see it again (this film really gets under your skin) but I recommend it to all horror fans--at least those with strong stomaches. I give it a 7.


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