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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.


John Pieplow


Dee Snider



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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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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) See more »

Also Known As:

Dee Snider's StrangeLand See more »


Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$373,288, 4 October 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$631,221, 11 October 1998
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


After Captain Howdy was captured, and you see the newspaper clippings of the case, Dee Snider wrote all of the clippings as spoken in the commentary track. His reason is "for all you DVD nuts out there who'd pause and read them for continuity." See more »


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 »


Captain Howdy: We must all go through a rite of passage, and it must be physical, it must be painful, and it must leave a mark.
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Featured in IFC Grindhouse: Strangeland (2007) See more »


Written by Dee Snider (as D. Snider), Anton Sanko (as A. Sanko), and T. Avakia
Performed by Dee Snider
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Admin. by WBM Music Corp. and Shooting Gallery Publishing (ASCAP)
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There, that's better...try not to speak...
3 October 2005 | by i_undertaker1313See all my reviews

A lot of people give this movie a lot of crap, and all of it's really undeserved. People give this movie a hard time either because it's such a sick subject or they harp on some technical aspect of the movie no one else observes when they watch it. If, just by looking at the cover, you think this movie will make you uncomfortable...DON'T WATCH IT! However, you'd be missing out on one of the better cinematic experiences of the late 1990's, despite what anyone else says.

Dee Snider is wonderful here as Captain Howdy, the depths of insanity he plumbs to play this character has to be beyond words, and is much farther than any one of us would have to be willing to go. The acting here is wonderful. The film itself beautifully shot. The subject may be a bit too much for many to swallow, but it's still well worth your time. If you haven't seen this movie, check it out.

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