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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Gage ... Mike Gage
Elizabeth Peña ... Toni Gage
Brett Harrelson ... Steve Christian
Robert Englund ... Jackson Roth
Linda Cardellini ... Genevieve Gage
Tucker Smallwood ... Capt. Churchill Robbins
Ivonne Coll ... Rose Stravelli
Amy Smart ... Angela Stravelli
Dee Snider ... Capt. Howdy / Carleton Hendricks
Amal Rhoe Amal Rhoe ... Tiana Moore
Robert LaSardo ... Matt Myers
Andrew Cooper Andrew Cooper ... Victim Bob (as Andy Cooper)
Archie Smith Archie Smith ... Elderly Man
Lois Hicks Lois Hicks ... Mental Institution Nurse
Carey Westbrook Carey Westbrook ... Sam the Orderly (as Carey Louis Westbrook)


In a teen chat room, Genevieve Gage, the teenager daughter of detective Mike Gage is invited to a blind date by the cool Capt Howdy. The guy is indeed a pierced a schizophrenic sick and sadistic maniac, and he kidnaps Genevieve and her friend Tiana Moore. He submits the girls and other adolescents to tortures. When the body of Tiana is found, Mike hunts Capt Howdy and puts him in jail first and then he is sent to a mental institution. Four years later, Capt Howdy is considered rehabilitated and released from the asylum, against the will of the local population. After an incident, Capt Howdy abducts Genevieve again, and Mike promises to kill him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic torture/violence, language, nudity and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


On the DVD commentary, Dee Snider mentioned that filming the scenes with Carleton Hendricks rehabilitated, and wearing a cardigan, were the hardest parts of the movie to shoot. Snider hated wearing the cardigan. 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: Pain is a uniquely personal experience
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Alternate Versions

The DVD version is unrated while the VHS version is the edited R-rated version. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Starcrash (2017) See more »


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Written by Wesley Geer (as Wes Geer) and Jerrard Shaine
Performed by Hed P.E. (as (hed)PE)
Courtesy of Jive Records and Zomba Enterprises Inc. o/b/o Itself, M.C.U.D. Music & Wesstyle Music (ASCAP)
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body modification!!
22 April 2008 | by windypoplarSee all my reviews

Dee Snider's "Strangeland" had a long, strange trip. It really started with Twisted Sister songs, then Dee tried writing about a psycho clown, but "IT" had that idea, so Dee set about writing a horror film like "Seven". Hey, Dee! I liked this better than "Seven.

"Strangeland" is a really sick film. The protagonist, played by Dee himself, is a sicko named Carleton Hendricks aka Captain Howdy, a deviant with tattoos and piercings galore, he stalks young girls online and does really depraved stuff to them. Poor Geniveve Gage is the 1st victim. Note the actress! It ER"'s Linda Cardellini! What follows is really nasty, and scary, note the cauterization! But the film pulls a shocker early!

Later on, see Dee in Mr. Rogers mode! Perhaps the most frightening shot in the movie! Kevin Gage plays Gage and yeah he sucks. Actually other than Robert Englund, delightfully playing a righteous redneck, the acting stinks. And the director's idea of suspense is cutting to black every three minutes! Still the heavy metal soundtrack, featuring, Marylin Manson, Pantera, Coal Chamber, Megadeth, Twisted Sister and Snot is truly awesome. Buy it.

"Strangeland" offers some great stuff and certainly doesn't stint on the horror, though its not anywhere near as bad as I was led to believe. For you DVD fans, Dee's commentary is every bit as disturbing as the movie! A really good horror flick with some very interesting twits and turns. I really have to agree with Robert Englund, the truly frightening thing about this flick isn't the death, its the suffering.. Cool!

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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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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