Posted on Friday, January 16th, 2009 by Brendon Connelly
Scoring an astonishing 7% on Rottentomatoes, Dee Snider’s Strangeland is still somehow a cult film amongst certain nooks and crannies of the horror community, and not just die-hard fans of Snider’s band Twisted Sister. Perhaps these fans have been swigging the Kool-Aid that star, screenwriter, producer and, according to the title, owner Dee Snider has been handing out. According to him, the first film could have been saved had director John Pieplow not had final cut (not to mention first re-edit cut, a clause I’ve never heard of before).
“…I had a deal for an extended DVD release of the first Strangeland with Lionsgate, and then the frigging director who fucked it up the first time wielded his Director’s Guild right to first re-edit. We wanted to do an extended DVD and call it the Dee-rector’s cut, but I won’t let the guy near it”
Things have changed now, though with Snider unveiling his plans to return as loopy-loo killer Captain Howdy for a second film in the series, Strangeland: Disciple.
He’s already resigned-come-committed to the sequel being an “ultra intense” NC-17 release – or simply unrated, as there’s every chance this will be going straight to DVD, I’m sure.
The first film actually was pioneering, I believe, in being the first body count movie to feature cyber-stalking and online grooming (though I’m not an expect on this particular subgenre), and many consider it to be the father of so-called Torture Porn. This time round, the milieu is that of body-mod fetishists, BDSM enthusiasts and “the secret sado-masochistic freak societies of perverted pleasures that lurk just underneath the veneer of respectable society.”
Like last time around, Snider wants to use the film as a platform for another tour, and there’s bound to be a soundtrack album chock-full of Kerrang worthy noise.
I think they all have to carry the can, but tell me: who would you blame for Strangeland‘s awfulness? Pieplow? Snider? Some other poor soul?