Dee Snider Back With Twisted New Film And Tour

His glam-metal band Twisted Sister re-formed to record a song for StrangeLand soundtrack.

On close examination, it appears that the upcoming horror flick "StrangeLand" has

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider's fingerprints all over it.

That's not surprising, given that the former glam-metal rocker wrote, co-produced and

starred in the film, which opens Oct. 2, and which includes music by the recently

re-formed Sister, as well as top metal bands Megadeth, Marilyn Manson and Anthrax.

Snider also served as executive producer of the soundtrack, from which he has recruited

bands such as Soulfly, Snot, dayinthelife and Static X for an unusual fall tour organized

and designed specifically to promote the film. What's more, Snider himself will serve as

the tour's emcee.

"I feel like Jimmy Stewart, 'It's A Wonderful Life' ... I play a schizophrenic sexual sadist,

so it's not much of a stretch," said Snider, 43, who formed Twisted Sister in 1973, long

before their mid-'80s heyday. "The toughest part is when I'm reformed in the middle of

the film. I'm like Mr. Rogers, wearing a cardigan and Dockers ... I'm the bad guy and I'm a

damn good bad guy," Snider said.

The idea for Snider's character, Captain Howdy, first began formulating in his mind after

the birth of his son Jesse Blaze Snider in 1982. "When my son was born, I suddenly

became aware of parental concerns," Snider said. "Some crime happened where some

piece of crap had done some nasty things to kids. I remember being incensed [and]

wrote two songs, 'Captain Howdy' and 'Street Justice.' "

Those songs became part of Twisted Sister's 1984 album, Stay Hungry, which

went on to sell more than 2 million copies. By the time Twisted Sister disbanded in 1987,

the group had earned a name for itself in the glam-metal world with hits -- such as "I

Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Gonna Take It" -- that had become staples of rock radio.

The idea behind "Captain Howdy" and "Street Justice" stuck with Snider. And, after a

couple of failed attempts at writing screenplays, the "StrangeLand" script -- in which

Captain Howdy preys on victims he meets over the Internet -- began to take shape.

With a cast in place that included actor Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger of the cult

horror-flick "Nightmare on Elm Street"), Snider began putting together the soundtrack

with the help of his by-then-teen-age son.

"I tried to put together an album that would be like a sampler of the best of today's hard,

heavy bands," Snider said. "My oldest son, who's 16, he and I are fans of the same

music. He's the music consultant on the film. I'd get piles of CDs and I'm doing

everything on it, writing, producing, so I needed help. I would literally dump the shit on

his bed and say, 'Listen to this stuff, tell me what's good and what's bad.' And he'd give

me scrawled notes: 'This is good,' 'This sucks,' 'Like this,' 'Check track one,' 'Check track

three.' "

Artists that made the cut include shock-rockers Marilyn Manson and heavy-metal outfits

Anthrax, Megadeth, Pantera, Nashville Pussy and Soulfly, as well as rock-rapper Kid


The original quintet that made up Twisted Sister even reunited to record their first new

material in more than 11 years, including "Heroes Are Hard To Find," which Snider

described as "an anthem, an '80s fist-in-the-air, big-power-chords-and-catchy-hooks


Singer George Reynolds of hardcore rockers dayinthelife -- who listened to Twisted

Sister as a kid -- said that his New York-based five-piece leaped at the chance to update

Sister's "Street Justice."

"They gave it to us and we were like, 'Yeah, we can work with this.' It's fun taking

someone's song and totally rearranging it," Reynolds said. "We did it at like half-time and

changed the riffs around so you couldn't possibly recognize it, except for the lyrics."

Snider did some leaping of his own, in his case at the chance to return to the stage in a

new role as the emcee for the upcoming tour.

"I'm going to be the master disaster emcee for six weeks of shows," Snider said.

"Fourteen years ago, when Twisted Sister were kings of the world, these rock 'n' roll fans

were 7, 8, 9, watching Dee Snider corrupting their minds. And now the audiences are 18,

19, 20 and remember me. Dee's back and I'm having a f---ing great time."

StrangeLand Tour Dates:

Sept. 8; West Hollywood, Calif., Key Club

Sept. 22; Minneapolis, Minn., Ground Zero

Sept. 24; St. Louis, Mo., Mississippi Nights

Sept. 25; Chicago, Ill., Vic Theatre

Sept. 26; Detroit, Mich., State Theatre

Sept. 27; To Be Announced

Sept. 28; Cleveland, Ohio, Odeon Concert Club

Sept. 29; Scranton, Pa., Tink's

Sept. 30; Baltimore, Md., To Be Announced

Oct. 1; Norwalk, Conn., Globe Theatre

Oct. 2; Portland, Maine, State Theatre

Oct. 3; Providence, R.I., Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel

Oct. 4; Hartford, Conn., Webster Theatre

Oct. 9; Philadelphia, Pa., Trocadero