I'm not even going to apologize for liking this movie. Being a horror fan and a heavy metal fan, the movie as a whole fell comfortably into that dark spot inside me and left me with a satisfying taste in my mouth.
Carleton Hendricks, aka Captain Howdy, (played by Dee Snyder) is a twisted fiend obsessed with finding a higher spiritual plain through piercings, tattoos...and torture. He doesn't wish for the death of his victims, he wishes for his own death, which makes him a nasty antagonist indeed.
When Captain Howdy lures young Genny Gage into his lair, it seems he has selected the wrong victim, for Genny's father Mike (played by Kevin Gage) is a police detective. Mike hunts down Captain Howdy and rescues his daughter, but Howdy is insane and gets sent to an asylum rather than prison.
Without giving too much away, the movie will go on to question whether the beast inside can be contained, or whether it is just held behind the bars of medicine. Another very interesting dilemma brought to light, is whether or not it is a crime to ignore a crime; and what would the consequences be for you if you did.
Although the movie is a little bit flat in some facets such as dialogue and some weak plot smatterings, overall it is richly filmed and well acted. Kevin Gage, Robert Englund, and Elizabeth Pena hold up the cast with skill, and Snyder does a rather decent job himself; especially as the psychotic Capt Howdy half of Carleton Hendricks. Look for a brief but well done job by pretty girl Amy Smart. (Road Trip)
Rather than compare this movie to Silence of the Lambs, I would say it was closer to The Cell (but with better acting), or perhaps the original Manhunter, in that it gives us a brief glimpse of the lamb inside the wolf.
As for the horror, the movie makes up for its lack of blood by terrifying us with an unwelcome and horrifyingly disgusting buffalo shot of Robert Englund in his underwear. That alone made me toss my lunch harder than any brain eating scene could have done.
If you like creepy horror villains, scenes of torture, and a glimpse into the psychotic all set to a heavy metal soundtrack, then you will probably like this movie. Watch for Captain Howdy's full size puppet scene! Enjoy!