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Strangeland (1998)

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

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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 »

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Mike Gage
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Toni Gage
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Steve Christian
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Jackson Roth
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Genevieve Gage
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Capt. Churchill Robbins
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Rose Stravelli
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Angela Stravelli
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Capt. Howdy / Carleton Hendricks
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Tiana Moore
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Elderly Man
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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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So much flesh, so little time. See more »

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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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Dee Snider makes at least two references to co-star Robert Englund's most famous character Freddy Krueger. First is as Carleton Hendricks recovers from his fall from the tree. As he sits up he says, "What a rush" in a very passable "Freddy" voice, one of the many one-liners uttered by Freddy Krueger during the series. The second reference is when he's fighting Detective Gage in the church. He says, "First you dream, then you die," a reference to the plot of the Freddy Krueger/A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) series. See more »

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Captain Howdy: [after surviving a lynching] What a rush
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I'd rather clean the cat box
30 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This gets my vote for "I'd rather clean the cat box" because it would be scarier and a more productive use of my time. The only redeeming feature is that the nasty- gory -torture bits are glossed over by the camera in comparison to more recent "cat box" worthy outings, which tend to dwell and dwell on the gore (e.g. Hostel).

I gave up at least 1/2 hour before the end since it was on TV and I could not fast forward through the boring bloody bits. The hunt by police detectives in the first half keeps the interest, particularly because the use of the internet is now so dated and yet so current in light of recent news. Finally, however, Strangeland is reminiscent of the most hackneyed and strained elements of old monster movies and appears to rely on solely on gory visuals to keep the viewer's interest. Strictly for those who enjoy human- on- human nastiness without much background.


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