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StrangeLand (1998)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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Dee Snider, of the Twisted Sister heavy metal music group, made his debut as a screenwriter and producer with this horror film, directed by John Pieplow. A psycho on the Internet uses the handle, "Captain Howdy" (Snider), an obvious reference to the unseen Ouija board spirit in The Exorcist (1973). After the abduction of his daughter Genevieve (Linda Cardellini), detective Mike Gage (Kevin Gage) is on the case, joined by detective Christian (Brett Harrelson). Kidnapper Captain Howdy is

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Mar 23, 1999

Artisan Entertainment

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It's a disturbing, hopeless, irredeemable series of images that will scar you if you wander into it unprepared.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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This terrible horror film pretends to tell a moral about internet chat rooms, but really it's a cheap C grade slasher flick.

July 16, 2007
Film Threat

a little too messy for me

June 14, 2006

Snider's Captain Howdy is an appropriately scary creation, but the movie mostly lets him down.

October 21, 2004
New Times

After the agonizing torture that was endured I can safely make the statement that Strangeland is now and will be the worst film of 1998.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

Painful to endure even by modern primitive standards, it's a freaky, funless wreck, intolerable in the extreme.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Twisted Sister's Dee Snider makes a movie -- a must-see, right? Wrong-o!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The kind of movie where you want to take a bath after watching.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Perhaps if I hadn't expected it to be so bad I might have approved of it less.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Entry into the realm of disappointing horror videos.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Audience Reviews for StrangeLand

Strangeland which is written by Heavy Metal musician Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame. This is an underrated film that has a unique concept. Although Snider's ideas are a bit rough, there are still plenty of good things going for the film. The acting is fairly decent, never anything good but definitely not as bad as what many critics have said. Snider's character is eccentric, bizarre and psychotic who says stuff that really doesn't make any sense. In a way that's what makes him appealing. The film has a dark, moody, melancholic atmosphere which adds to the tone of story. Although not perfect, I felt that Strangeland wasn't as bad as what every critic has said. There's an inventive plot in its somewhat sketchy script, and it works well enough for its 90 minute run time. There's nothing truly remarkable about this one, except if you're looking for an underrated B movie, then check this film out. I was very much surprised and I really didn't think it was that bad. In fact, it was pretty good. There are some very interesting ideas at work here, but the script clearly suffers from being underdeveloped. If Dee Snider would have spent time rewriting a second draft, then maybe we would have had something very memorable on our hands. However, I still enjoyed the film, even though the plot was imperfect, and the cast were so-so. The film does possess something worth mentioning, Dee Snider as the villain. That made this
worth seeing. Strangeland isn't a bad film, but considering the concept, it makes you wonder how much potential this flick really had.
July 13, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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So much flesh, so little time.
December 15, 2009
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Wahida K

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Dee Snider tortures teens (with needles, not by playing them cuts from the Twisted Sister reunion album). A shallow peek at modern primitive culture can't save this incompetent, rote shocker.
August 6, 2009
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Greg S

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