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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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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
Matt Myers
Andrew Cooper ...
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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Horror | Thriller

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?


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 »


When Gage is IMing with CaptHowdy from his car, his fingers are shown typing G A G E in one shot and K O I in another. These letter combinations do not appear in the IM he sends. See more »


Captain Howdy: [about the net] Gotta love this technology
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Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »


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User Reviews

If you sew your eyes shut you don't have to watch this...
12 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow...This movie really really sucks...'Nuff said.

The Story: A psychopathic internet predator stalks and lures young men and women into torturous traps...It goes like this, kidnaps people, they find him, he becomes a changed man and is released on the world yet again, reverts back to his old ways and starts the torture again....The story is stupid, it's implausible. The characters are stupid, they're implausible...Or at the very least way over the top. It's got some very violent imagery, and if you have a week stomach you might just want to stay away...But than again, even if you don't have a week stomach, you might want to stay away...It's that stupid.

The Cast: Dee Snider, Kevin Gage...If you're a die hard fan of Twisted Sister and Dee Snider, you might find this one interesting, since he's the writer and star of this film. His acting is laughably bad, and you can tell that he's the one that wrote the God-awful script. Kevin Gage...Well they say he's been in numerous other movies that I've seen, but I don't remember him from any of them...And you won't remember him from this...These two sadly, make the film...They don't make it good mind you...They just make it...

One to Five Scale: 1 It's bad...It's very very very bad...In fact it's so bad, that this movie should come with a clip loading pistol to play Russian Rullet with...

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