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Aside from her, the acting was just atrocious, the villian laughably unbelieveable , and the effects we've loved from the first 2 Manglers are nowhere to be found. This is probably the worst movie I have seen this year and it should no way be associated with the original Mangler movie which kicked ass.
Whether the studio needed something in a hurry to put out or not, the budget of this movie was just awful. Don't waste the money to even rent this. I'd rent Strawberry Shortcake first before I ever watched this awful piece of crap again
Reggie Bannister from the Phantasm movies makes his move away from Don Coscarelli in this pitiful would-be sequel to the Mangler. The original, which was based partially on a Stephen King short story, was about a laundry machine that ate people. Robert Englund played the psychotic owner of the laundry who fed people to the machine. It was basically Little Shop of Horrors with a laundry machine instead of a plant.
This one jettisoned the supernatural laundry machine and went for a more straightforward serial killer tale. The story is about a repairman who buys the old Mangler on eBay and starts restoring it in his basement. Once the machine nears completion, it possesses him and turns him into its minion. The rest of the movie is about this repairman going around and getting meat for his machine. There's a lot of screaming done by women as he hits them repeatedly with a hammer. I have to wonder about the two guys that wrote and directed this movie, and where this misogynistic streak is coming from.
It seems like the writers/directors were going for that unrelenting Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Haute Tension, Saw, Hostel kind of vibe that seems to be all the rage these days. But the Mangler Reborn wound up being unrelenting only in its capacity to bore me.
I believe people dislike this movie because most people usually have certain expectations to be met. This movie is not top budget, nor is it horrible production, but it is enough production to give this movie its desired effect.Terror. This film is much less far-fetched than the first two Manglers. In and of itself, it is a movie about your average joe creating a machine to drain blood from its victims for it is his so called "calling".
This is one of my favorite movies, each of The Mangler movies have a unique quality to them which sets them apart from other horror films. A good horror movie will try to take new twists and turns and in doing so will pave the way for future horror and terror. A good horror movie is not just about gore. I noticed that I tend to like movies that most people dislike.
All of The Mangler movies are great in their on way.
With a budget of just $85,000 they had to be very inventive so don't expect elaborate production design or special effects. The title character looks like a cafeteria dishwasher being operated by "Edward Scissorhands". They try to pass the thing off as sinister by always showing it in shadows. When a victim is fed to the thing they change to very tight shots of knives and clippers, trying to make it seem like they are part of the machine rather than being held by crew members off-camera. Obviously the film would benefit from a more elaborate and diabolical device, or at least one with some credibility.
But the Stephen King inspired premise is a good one and the first two thirds of the film set it all up very nicely. It is almost captivating for a while but finally runs out of gas and plods through the final 30 minutes.
An appliance repairman (Weston Blakesley) has acquired the cursed parts from the original "Mangler" (named for the old-style washing machine with external rollers to squeeze the water out of clothes) and is obsessively working to reinvent the lethal thing. Eventually he becomes possessed by the machine and more zombie than human. He must feed it humans because he needs to drink their "squeezins" to keep his zombie body from decaying.
Blakesley is quite credible as the slack jawed zombie who takes a rubber mallet on his repair calls and acquires his victims from among his customers.Read more ›
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Did not like this one. Didn't really explain the ending. Left you hanging as to what really happened. 1 star.Published 9 months ago by Rosanna
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This is a really, really bad continuation of a Stephen King adaptation. I only got it to further my Stephen King collection, and it was really hard to watch. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by OriginalCatlady
Like I said, not as good as the first one, but still a good scary movie. It's worth adding to your collection.Published on October 30, 2013 by C. Howe
I'm only writing this review to give the film a fair shake which it hasn't in my opinion recieved. Most people probably couldn't care less about the series or hadn't even heard of... Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by Bobby
I bought this because I'm a big Stephen King Fan and it's a alright movie,But It will stay with me for the collection.Published on December 11, 2009 by Worton72
The Mangler 3 was really disapointing to me. It was so boring in the first 20 minutes, I didn't even finish it. Read morePublished on March 1, 2009 by Pumpkin Man
How strange Stephen King sells his name and reputation for those Z series films that obviously only aim at making money, and even not too much, but with a small budget to start... Read morePublished on December 24, 2008 by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU