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The Mangler (1995)

Robert Englund , Ted Levine , Tobe Hooper  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Englund, Ted Levine, Daniel Matmor, Jeremy Crutchley, Vanessa Pike
  • Directors: Tobe Hooper
  • Writers: Tobe Hooper, Harry Alan Towers, Stephen David Brooks, Stephen King
  • Producers: Anant Singh, Harry Alan Towers, Helena Spring
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002A2VK0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,920 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mangler" on IMDb

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Director/co-scripter Tobe Hooper ("Poltergeist") adapts Stephen King's short story about a small town's industrial laundry and the lethal machine inside it that seems to have a thirst for human blood. Robert Englund is the sinister businessman who knows "the Mangler's" dark secret; with Ted Levine. 106 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo Surround, DTS 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish; alternate scenes; theatrical trailer. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Fold May 25, 2007
The Mangler's not one of the more popular King adaptations. The inspiration for King's story most likely was how nasty it would be if someone actually got caught in one of those steam irons. It certainly would be a horrific scene, but as nasty as that is, it's not a concept you can really make a feature film around. That's probably why King wrote it as a short story. Stretching the short story into a feature length film requires much more plot to be added(the short story may have had a half hour worth of film material, tops). Alot of folks who bash this film usually have something along the lines of...."With the talent involved, how could it be this bad?" say. Well, most horror fans have a hard time admitting to themselves that since Texas Chainsaw, Tobe Hooper has become increasingly schlocky as the years go by. We all know it, we just don't say it. Englund hasn't always made the best stuff, and not every King story is a winner. In The Mangler, Hooper is trying to actually make the film scary. The tone is much more serious than subject matter like this should be. Sure, the first scene where the machine claims it's first victim is effective, but by the time you reach two grown men performing an exorcism on a laundry folder, and then having the machine turn into a Lovecraftian monster, it's just too damn silly. So why the four stars? Well, I actually do enjoy this movie quite a bit. If you want to view this with the intention of getting your pants scared off, it'll fail. If you view The Mangler as drive-in fare, it's fun. It's got some nasty gore, an over the top villain played by Robert Englund, funny lines(both intentional and unintentional), and the film is actually shot very well. As others have stated, the acting is hammy, particularly in Englund's case. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Believe it or not this is a near miss. August 7, 2001
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With a great looking mechanical monster and a plot that expands Stephen King's little horror story (but does not adequately explore its expansion), Tobe Hooper's The Mangler is a near miss. The movie needs more than a little editorial tinkering, cutting to be precise. Far too many scenes, if not all of them, run far too long, passing the point taken and are you stretching this boundaries and plunging right into DO SOMETHING ELSE ALREADY territory. Nonetheless, when The Mangler is in action and revealing its demonic personality the movie is, more or less, worth sitting through. Englund is a hoot as well, firmly embracing Vincent Price's lay on the ham with relish acting philosophy. Worth at least one viewing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Industrial power is a blood thirsty Devil March 12, 2001
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In this film Stephen King touches a quite common theme in his fiction : the evilness of industrialism. But in this case the machine is not possessed by an animal monster like in The Nightshift, or by an It like in IT. It is possessed by the devil itself, but the devil of power. This machine, this devil needs sacrifice and those who have power have to sacrifice something to it to get this power. They have to feed its hunger for fresh blood, virginal blood and belladonna. The machine tries to eat the people who are using belladonna for their nerves and the machine receives human sacrifices from those who want power. If you want to evade giving a part of yourself, you have to sacrifice a young virginal sixteen-year-old girl of your family. And there is no way to stop it. It cannot be exorcised by anything. No holy water, no holy wafer, no biblical incantation will stop it, and even if one powerful person is sacrificed, then another one will benefit of this sacrifice, another one who will have given, by accident or willingly, a part of himself or herself, a finger or an arm. This vision of industrialism as a devilish possession is a rare way to show that industrial work is slavery and total alienation. This vision of power in this industrial society as a pact signed with the devil that inhabits the machine is a rare denunciation of capitalism. And yet, since this is linked to a tradition as old as humanity, it is human social life, and the organisation of human society on a power pattern that is denounced in the most general way. One little element shows how this power-giving and blood-hungry devil works : the photographer and then the intellectual who discover the existence of this devil and try to denounce it and even exorcise it are killed by the super power of this devil. Read more ›
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one of Tobe Hooper's worst September 25, 2005
Legendary Texas Chainsaw Massacre creator Tobe Hooper directed this adaptation of a Stephen King short story for New Line Cinema, and sadly, it doesn't work at all. The last time the names Hooper and King were in the same sentence together was when Hooper crafted the classic, original Salem's Lot mini-series, but there's no magic here like there was before. Maybe it's because the story itself wasn't one of King's better ones, or maybe Hooper didn't put everything into it. The story revolves around a cop (Silence of the Lambs' Ted Levine) assigned to investigate strange and grisly murders, all of which point to a laundry press which appears to be posessed. The owner of the factory (Robert "Freddy Kruger" Englund) seems to not be concerned about any of this, and by the time revelations are made, you probably won't care. The story has it's share of faults, while Hooper's direction is uninspired. There's some nice gore, and Levine and Englund are good, even though it's hard to seperate Englund from his infamous role as a horror icon. All in all, the Mangler may be worth seeing if you're a fan of Tobe Hooper or Stephen King, but don't expect anything special out of it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Englund at this best!
Perfect conition, arrive a day early. I've been loking for this movie everywhere! I was really suprised to find a brand new copy at such a resonable price!
Published 22 days ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase
I would recommend this product. it was very nice and met all of my expectations. It came on time and I have no complaints!
Published 2 months ago by Luis
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Fan of both Ted Levine and Robert Englund
I thought both of them grave a great performance in their rolls I just love this movie so much I'm surprised it's not more popular and the music in it chilling but calming and the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jessica F.RB.Scheef
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Englund, of course.
How can you go wrong with Robert Englund? Excellent cheesy horror movie with just the right amount of gore. Lots of funny as well.
Published 4 months ago by OriginalCatlady
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie was okay
The movie itself was okay. I'm a SK fan, so I bought it. Not sure if I'll watch it again though, moreso just for my collection. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Christine M. Monaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Still an underrated creepy movie after all these years.
The Mangler is one of those horror films that people kinda forget about but know it's locked away somewhere in their memories. Read more
Published 20 months ago by G. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Stephen King
Add another one to my collection. Love the story lines & imagination of Stephen King. Who else can make a demon possesed monster out of a speed iron? Read more
Published 23 months ago by Gary S.
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie!
The mangler is a great movie,a short story by steven king. Would like to note though this is the R rated one, not the unrated. the unrated is extremely hard to come by. Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by brett
2.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Sure Mangled My Hour And A Half!
There are only two things that I liked about The Mangler. Those are Robert Englund's twisted performance, and the gore. Read more
Published on May 25, 2011 by 1981bendover
3.0 out of 5 stars The Mangler
Tobe Hooper returns to the works of Stephen King in this uneven possession tale. The blood of a young virgin brings to life a monstrous laundry press, which goes on to crush and... Read more
Published on August 20, 2010 by Carl Manes
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