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Strangeland (1998)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  2 October 1998 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Mike Gage
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Toni Gage
Brett Harrelson ...
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
Amal Rhoe ...
Tiana Moore
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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)
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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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Dee Snider's StrangeLand  »

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Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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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When Capt. Howdy is placing the third rod into a standing female victim, the shot from behind him shows him inserting the second rod again with only the first rod inserted. See more »

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Captain Howdy: So much flesh...so little time.
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Minor but still amusing shocker.
21 April 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Hard rock legend Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame is mastermind of this tale of a creep who thinks he's doing various victims a favour with his methods of torture, which he prefers to think of as bringing them to a new state of heightened awareness. His name is Captain Howdy, and Dee Snider is a sight to behold in the role - piercings, tattoos, hairstyle, and everything. He kidnaps Genevieve Gage (Linda Cardellini), prompting her detective father Mike (Kevin Gage) to launch an intensive search for his daughter and her freak job abductor. Surprisingly, he's caught sooner than one would think, and that's NOT the end of the story. The movie isn't bad; it's better than reviews here would indicate, even if it does borrow from earlier films and is predictable at times. And there are messages here about the dangers of the Internet, this of course being still relevant today, and the dangers of the mob mentality. The movie moves steadily towards what has to amount to a standard type of ending, managing to generate some seedy atmosphere and allowing Snider to create a fairly effective antagonist. A fine soundtrack and a good supporting cast are assets. Gage, a guy who's played some heavies himself (as in "Heat", for example), does reasonably well as the hero, with Elizabeth Pena not getting to do much as his distraught wife, the lovely Cardellini appealing as the none too bright girl, and the always welcome Robert Englund as an impulsive vigilante. (There is a twist here in that, for once, somebody ELSE is torturing 'Freddy Krueger'!) Competent if not distinguished, "Strangeland" at least doesn't overstay its welcome, getting to the good stuff fairly quickly and with little filler. Now, granted, it won't be for some horror fans as it's not dark enough (those hoping for more of a "body count" type of affair will be sorely disappointed), but overall it's pretty entertaining. Seven out of 10.


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