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Dee Snider's "Strangeland" Approved for Remake

March 10, 2017

The film Strangeland, directed by John Pieplow and written by Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider (who also produced the film), was one of those films that at the time of its released managed to make quite a name for itself while still remaining almost entirely under the radar of mainstream culture. The film, a psychological thriller, focused heavily on the subject of body modification and coupled with the graphic violence in the film, most viewers at the time endured quite a culture shock upon its initial release.

Though body modification is in no way a new concept, its origins found in some of man's earliest civilizations, it still seemed to be a taboo subject for mainstream culture in 1998, the year Strangeland was released. Strangeland focuses primarily on the antagonist Captain Howdy (played by Snider himself), a masochistic, homicidal child abductor who implements body modification into his ritualistic styled killings. Even though the film starred other well known horror genre figureheads (like Robert Englund of The Nightmare On Elm Street franchise) and it was competently made and produced with convincing and well executed special effects, it was still initially met with poor critical reception and response.

In years since, though, the film has garnered somewhat of a large cult following. So much so that Snider, who has expressed interest in remaking the film for over a decade, has finally received the approval and support to have the film remade (http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3343382/dee-snider-will-return-captain-howdy-strangeland-remake/). The question stands though, with the general public being much more accepting (or at least finding it much less shocking) of body modification nowadays, will the film's remake still have a heavy focus on Captain Howdy's implementation of body modification in his kills (along with having many body modifications himself)? Or will a new taboo or grotesquerie be the focus of the film's imagery and style? Perhaps we will see as more details of the film's development are released.

Written by Nick Holland
 

Originally Published: Tue, 12 May 2015 14:28:50


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