TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider will reprise his role as Captain Howdy in the 1998 cult horror classic “Strangeland” when“Strangeland: Disciple” goes into production later this year.
Snider wrote and co-produced the original film in 1994, pre-dating the cinematic vogue for torture film franchises like “Saw” and “Hostel”. “At the time, I really wanted to re-invent the wheel of horror,” Dee says. “Horror, traditionally, plays on people’s fears of being chased and dying. That’s totally played out. When you’re being chased, there’s the chance of escape. When you die, there’s peace. What’s much worse than being chased and dying is being helpless and suffering.”
“Strangeland” is the story of a schizophrenic sexual sadist who lures victims via the Internet, forcing them to submit to ancient tribal rituals. “I came up with the idea of Internet crime before anybody had ever committed Internet crime,” says Snider. “And if I am the father of torture films, I’ve got to come back like a sledgehammer to reclaim my crown!” To that end, “Strangeland: Disciple” will come complete with an NC-17 rating right out of the box. Obviously, Snider ain’t kidding around.“Strangeland: Disciple” promises to be ultra-intense, taking place in the underworld of body modification fetishists, amid the secret sado-masochistic freak societies of perverted pleasures that lurk just underneath the veneer of respectable society.
“Strangeland” was produced in conjunction with The Shooting Gallery, the studio for “Sling Blade” and “Croupier”. Larry Meistrich, formerly ofThe Shooting Gallery, now operates Nehst Pictures and says, “I am very excited to be back in business with Dee Snider again! ‘Strangeland’was a great experience and I know the sequel is going to be better than the original. In these days of various platforms merging, it is great to be able to work with someone like Dee who is so multi-faceted.”
The 1998 soundtrack included an incredible array of bands — SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SEVENDUST, SOULFLY, SLIPKNOT, KID ROCK, COAL CHAMBER, TWISTED SISTER, MEGADETH, MARILYN MANSON and PANTERA — handpicked by Snider. The success of the soundtrack led to a “Strangeland” tour, which Snider hopes to resurrect once again for“Strangeland: Disciple”, in an effort to grace the contours of his demented vision. “Music was intrinsic to me in the first one. We really tried to create the ultimate heavy soundtrack. Music will be important to me again for the sequel,” adds Snider.
Returning for revenge in the sequel is Robert Englund (“Nightmare On Elm Street”‘s Freddie Krueger), who called “Strangeland” a “bona-fide cult hit.” In the original, he played Jackson Roth, one of Captain Howdy‘s victims.