Strangeland (1998) is an American thriller horror movie that was filmed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA and Denver, Colorado, USA. Director John Pieplow (Jurassic Women (1996)) failed at executing his second movie and should disembark from his directing career. He is one of the few directors that did not continue directing after their movies failed. The movie contains nudity, sexual content, gruesome deaths, blood, bad language, suspense and a lot of body piercing. This movie is not for individuals with a weak stomach. I had to turn away quite a bit because the images were too bothersome for me.
Strangeland is about the search for Genevieve Gage (Linda Cardellini - Grandma’s Boy (2006), Scooby-Doo (2002), Brokeback Mountain (2005)) and her best friend Tiana Moore (Amal Rhoe) who are both high school students in Helverton, Colorado. Genevieve and Tiana likes to chat with strangers in chat rooms during their free time. The girls thought Captain Howdy (Dee Snider - Private Parts (1997), ‘Halloween’ Unmasked 2000 (1999), Lemmy (2010)) is a student at their school and chats with him. Captain Howdy won over the girls and invited 15-year-old Genevieve and Tiana to a party at his home. Genevieve’s mother Toni (Elizabeth Peña - Jacob’s Ladder (1990), Transamerica (2005), Lone Star (1996)) called her husband Mike Gage (Kevin Gage - Heat (1995), Blow (2001), G.I. Jane (1997), May (2002)) who is a police officer to tell him that their daughter did not come home from the party.
Mike recruited officer Steve Christian (Brett Harrelson - The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999), Desert Heat (1999)) to help him search for Genevieve and Tiana. They found Tiana’s tortured body in her vehicle that was pulled out of the lake. The search continues for his daughter Genevieve. Mike’s niece Angela Stravelli (Amy Smart - The Butterfly Effect (2004), Crank (2006), Road Trip (2000), Crank: High Voltage (2009)) told Mike about Genevieve talking to strangers on the internet. Mike investigate and began chatting with Captain Howdy online in an effort to get an invitation to his party/place. After some time, Mike finally finds his daughter naked, mouth stitched shut and bounded along with five other teenage girls. Mike manages to arrest Captain Howdy whose real name is Carlton Hendricks. Captain Howdy is released from jail a year later because the court found him to be insane and sent him to Meistrich Psychiatric Institute.
He was released three years later from the institution because he was diagnosed as having a chemical imbalance and being a schizophrenic. The doctors state that he will be okay as long as he takes his medication and could live freely. He moves back to the same neighborhood he tortured the teenage girls. What happens next was so unexpected or should I say expected. The movie was a nice watch, and I would recommend this movie to all horror and serial killer fans to watch. I will not watch this movie again but it implies a very strong message. Do not talk to strangers and especially do not go to a stranger’s home because it can be good but it can be terribly wrong. This movie might be a nice warning for teenagers who are heading in the wrong direction in life.
About StrangeLand (1998)
Starring: Robert Englund, Kevin Gage, Amy Smart, Elizabeth Peña, Tucker Smallwood, John Stewart, Robert LaSardo, Linda Cardellini, Leslie Wing, Mark Bailey, Brett Harrelson, Sheila Ivy Traister, Dee Snider, Lisa K. Crosato, Amal Rhoe, Larry Curry Jr., Krsztoff, Andrew Cooper, Fort LaCourt, Archie Smith, J. Cooch Lucchese, Lois Hicks, Brett Pirozzi, Carey Westbrook, Sin-D, Jillian McWhirter, Michael Herst, Pat Mahoney, Lisa Nelson, Barbara Champion
Director: John Pieplow