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The Mangler

3.3 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

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After a series of grisly accidents at an old laundry factory an officer investigates the mysterious owner and discovers a deadly town secret that threatens everyone.Running Time: 91 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR UPC: 794043742125

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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:
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  • Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002A2VK0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,754 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mangler" on IMDb

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By Stanley Runk VINE VOICE on May 25, 2007
Format: DVD
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?"...to 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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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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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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By A Customer on August 30, 1999
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To totally understand this movie, you must : A- have read the story by stephen King B-Understand the director's record of icky movies C- realize that this movie isn't Psycho This may be the most disgusting adaption of Stephen King's stories. Tobe Hooper has made the most horrifying movie of all, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This isn't that movie. It isn't out there to be recognized as the most scary to date. It was made for the amusement of moviegoers. And this is an excellent movie if watched in the right perspective. Tobe Hooper is the master of icky movies and he doesn't lighten his punch here by any means at all. With Robert Englund in the absoloute scariest role I've ever seen him in, and some of the most disgusting visuals of the '90's, this is a worth-while horror movie.
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The Mangler is one of those horror films that people kinda forget about but know it's locked away somewhere in their memories. It hasn't been well received through the years and it is maintaining a decent cult fan base. I'm still a fan, not just because it is directed by Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper and based off a short story by Stephen King, but it is entertaining and frightening to a degree.

The story may be weak but it does cut right to the point: a laundry-folding machine in a factory starts going berserk and starts munching innocent people up. Robert Englund portrays another creepy character much like his Freddy Krueger (even in heavy makeup as well and metallic legs to boot) as the factory owner who refuses to shut the machine down. Enter Ted Levine (Buffalo Bill) as a police detective hellbent on bringing the machine down for good.

Now, to be honest, the movie itself isn't really that scary, but the set designs really are. Even some of the shots Tobe Hooper sets up have a lurking feel to them. The film's true creep factor comes from that frigging huge mother of a machine itself, created by Tobe Hooper's son, William. Just the opening shot alone sums up the creep factor in the film when the camera pans across the machine with its massive gears (fun factor, my last name Watson even appears on the front of the machine, kinda creepy lol). The scene with the possessed ice box has an effective moment when Ted Levine whacks it with a sledgehammer. That there does have a Stephen King feel if you ask me. But the movie comes to life in the end when that machine explodes and the creepy-ass monster inside comes out. Now that is something that's out of a FRIGGIN NIGHTMARE!
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