Twisted Sister Frontman Dee Snider Readies Filmmaking Debut

Former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has a new gig: filmmaking.

Snider's first foray into behind-the-scenes film work will arrive later this year in the form of "Strangeland," a grim thriller that details a worst-case scenario involving chat rooms and body art.

Snider penned the screenplay himself and co-produced the film with David L. Bushell who also produced "Niagara Niagara" and the Academy Award-winning "Sling Blade."

The film, which stars Elizabeth Pena ("Lone Star," "Gridlock'd"), Robert Englund ("Nightmare on Elm St.," "Meet the Deedles"), and Kevin Gage ("G.I. Jane," "Con Air"), is currently in postproduction, and is expected to be ready for a wide release in September. Snider, who played himself in "Private Parts" and "Pee Wee's Big Adventure," will also turn up the film as a character named Captain Howdy.

The filmmakers also hope to build a rock-heavy soundtrack into the film, but have not yet firmed up those plans.