An alien mutilator stalks and kills human prey during the night.

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Roy Warner / Steve Dupree
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Zoe Owens
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Det. Dave Mooney
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Sherman 'Sherm' Moss
Warren J. Kemmerling ...
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Detective Jack Bresler
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Courtney Floyd
John Bloom ...
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Bill Derringer ...
Herman Burmeister (as William Derringer)
Jay Lawrence ...
Jim Hampton
Russ Marin ...
Dr. Baranowski
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Henry Lydell
Mel Anderson ...
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At night the Mangler stalks the streets of Los Angeles, killing and mutilating random victims. On the trail are a TV reporter, the father of one of the victims, and a police detective, but despite their efforts only the mysterious psychic DeRenzy knows what the killer is and how to stop it. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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The television station is KFVI. The last part "FVI" refers to this film's production company, Film Ventures International. When Shelley is by the movie theater at the beginning of the film, two posters can be seen for Beyond the Door (1974) (aka "Beyond the Door") and The Night Child (1975) (aka "The Night Child"). These Italian horror films were distributed by Film Ventures International. See more »

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Sherman Moss: I'm not afraid of the dark; I'm afraid of what's in it.
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Laughably Bad
20 August 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

There's an alien loose in LA ripping the heads off strangers or shooting poorly aimed laser beams from it's eyes. Sometimes the lasers don't hit but that's OK because the actors drop over dead anyway. Aging hippie William Devane is hot on the trail of 'The Mangler' in this boring film from producer Dick Clark. The Mangler was also a film directed by Tobe (the Texas Chainsaw Massacre) Hooper but in 1979 Hooper was assigned to film The Dark; the story of a zombie on a killing spree. For reasons unknown, Hooper was fired mid production and replaced with Jon (The Blood of Dracula's Castle) Cardos who shifted the action away from zombies by freeze-framing the monster and adding cheap special effect lasers. The result is a severely damaged film which can't even explain itself or the motivation for the killings.


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