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StrangeLand
(1998)
Reviewed by Jason Catanese
Rating: 1.5 Beans

he trailers to this movie read "Dee Snider's StrageLand." Just who is Dee Snider, some of you may ask? Why, he was the frontman of the 80's metal band Twisted Sister. He himself has compared this to "Silence of the Lambs" and "Se7en." Not quite, pal. Try again some other time.

In reality, it's a run of the mill faux "pyschological" thriller about a character Captain Howdy, played by Dee himself. That's the good part, Captain Howdy looks pretty cool. He has piercings all over his face, and a nice tribal tattoo covering one half of his body. His only reason to exist is pain, inflicted on himself and others, shown in some detail to an extent. He lures teenage girls to his house from the Internet, posing as some popular frat dude, and tortures them in various ways. So far, so good.

Besides Dee's character, which isn't really that badly acted by Dee, the rest of this movie blows. The lead character, a detective played by Kevin Gage, is a real piece of shit, as is his partner, whose name escapes me at the moment. These are the heroes, and I wanted them dead most of the movie. The performances aren't too swift, and the heavy metal soundtrack was annoying(I like heavy metal and thought it was bad, so good luck to you others out there).

At one point, a group of townsfolk lynch Captain Howdy in the woods. I looked at my watch and realized only an hour had gone by. Guess what? He came back to torture more helpless teens. How can you survive getting hung? I was completely beside myself during that part. I literally was, too. as there were only about 8 people in the theater.

The best part of the film was the inclusion of a boom mike scene. 1998! I haven't seen a visible boom mike since "Dolemite." If the movie were amazing, I'd still put it here because of the boom mike.

This wasn't terrible, and it wasn't any of that garbage teen horror that's been popping up lately, so I'll give some respect to that. My friend, who's a big Dee Snider fan, liked the movie a lot, however. Well, if you want to judge, check it out when it hits your local video store next week.






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