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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Gage
Toni Gage
Brett Harrelson ...
Steve Christian
Jackson Roth
Genevieve Gage
Capt. Churchill Robbins
Rose Stravelli
Angela Stravelli
Capt. Howdy / Carleton Hendricks
Amal Rhoe ...
Tiana Moore
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Victim Bob (as Andy Cooper)
Archie Smith ...
Elderly Man
Lois Hicks ...
Mental Institution Nurse
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)  »

Also Known As:

Dee Snider's StrangeLand  »

Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$631,221 (USA) (9 October 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Captain Howdy was the name of the ghost Linda Blair claimed to be talking to through the Ouija board in The Exorcist (1973). See more »


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 »


Captain Howdy: How about I come over there and beat the dog shit out of you?
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The worst horror movie of the year
21 March 1999 | by (waterville, ohio) – See all my reviews

Next to Milo and The Killer Eye, Strangeland was the worst movie of the year. Dee Snider wrote the script to this boring, dull horror with bad acting and a slow pace. Nothing interesting happens here and the movie looks like it was actually TWO movies condensed together. The first half could've been shorter...waaaaay shorter. And the second half could have been more longer and stronger. This film is utterly obscure, limited, wandering and absolutely pointless. Whoever had to like it is probably a sadomasochistic person who has nothing better to do than watch this junk. It's even more insane when the filmmakers are actually planning a sequel...they are seriously.

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