A FILM BY: John Pieplow
WRITTEN BY: Dee Snider
STARRING: Kevin Gage, Elizabeth Peña, Dee Snider

Nü-Metal Mondays Feature | A Part of Music Box of Horrors: Dawn of the Drive-In Presented by Shudder 

Based on the character “Captain Howdy”—also the subject of the 1984 Twisted Sister song “Horror-Teria (The Beginning)”—Strangeland was a passion project for writer/producer/star Dee Snider, who didn’t waste his opportunity to portray the sadistic chat-room predator. Strangeland focuses on Captain Howdy and his quest to lure teenagers to his torture den, where he forces them to undergo body modification in service of “enlightenment.” With club scenes shot at Denver's legendary The Church that are so visceral you can smell them, an early appearance from Linda Cardinelli, Robert Englund himself, and maybe the most nü-metal soundtrack of them all, Strangeland is a sick and horrifying trip down a rabbit hole of mutilation, early internet panic, psychosis, pitchfork mobs, and a desperation to feel anything in a culture of numbness.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1998
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 85 mins
Format: Digital