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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





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)


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 »


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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?


Actor Kevin Gage shares the same last name as his character Mike Gage See more »


The footage of Sunny MacIntosh that Jackson Roth sees on TV is just reused footage from earlier in the movie. There was no camera on Captain Howdy's front porch pointed back at her at the time. 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 »


Featured in IFC Grindhouse: Strangeland (2007) See more »


Heroes Are Hard To Find
Written by Dee Snider (as D. Snider)
Performed by Twisted Sister
Produced by Mark Mendoza and Jay Jay French
Courtesy of Rebellion Music Inc. and Denotation Music (SESAC)
Admin. by WBM Music Corp.
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Possibly the best movie I have EVER seen!!
20 July 2004 | by weregirl1991See all my reviews

I have been a horror fan for a few years and a fan of Twisted Sister for a few months. My friend also likes horror and Twisted Sister, so when we found out about this movie, we knew we had to rent it. I expected it to be awesome...and I was right!! It wasn't as gory as I had hoped for, but still plenty of gore. As I tend to do, I was rooting for the villain, and it being Dee Snider, one of the hottest men alive, it was even better. I have always loved Robert Englund, and I thought he did a great job in this movie, very convincing. I loved all of the references, like the Freddy Krueger ones Dee Snider made(what a rush) and (first you dream, them you die.) Also the Excorcist reference, Captain Howdy, was great. Basically, this movie was excellently made and you won't be disappointed. The only way it could have been better was if Alice Cooper had been in it. RENT THIS MOVIE!!

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