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The Mangler (1995)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Mystery  |  3 March 1995 (USA)
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A laundry folding machine is possessed by a demon from Hell.

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When an accident involving a folding machine at an old laundry occurs, detective John Hunton decides to investigate. What he finds is the owner of the laundry, Bill Gartley. Meanwhile the folding machine has acquired a taste for the flesh of human beings, but is their more to Bill Gartley than meets the eye, and does he know what monster hides behind the machine? Written by Action Dan <actiondan@talk21.com>

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$1,781,383 (USA)
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Another besmirching of a Stephen King short story
17 August 2004 | by (Morehead City, North Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

There is a trio of films based on Stephen King short stories, and they all come from the same book, "Night Shift", and they are all severely lacking. But this is not the fault of the brilliant Mr. King; it's the fault of the adaptation writers and the directors who couldn't find a way to put in decent added story line to make them long enough.

The first one is "Graveyard Shift", the story of a drifter who goes to work in a textile mill only to find out that it's got giant, hideous rats living in the basement. A complete alteration of the plot line and a poor attempt at creating a romance for the main character make this movie less than a show stopper.

Next is the infamous "Children Of The Corn". That's right, the cheap hack series was actually begun by a Stephen King short, and an old one at that. God only knows how they managed to turn a 28 page short into 7 or so full-length movies.

And finally, the film of discussion: "The Mangler". As has been said several times, Both Ted Levine and Robert Englund did their best to work with rather poorly designed roles. Englund especially; his character never existed in the story.

The plot idea of an evil industrialist sacrificing innocent girls to some unholy piece of machinery is not only idiotic, it's sickening. I had hoped that the one part of the story they'd change is that the heroes would ultimately win, but they failed to do THAT, too. And the chase scene where the machine's "head" pulls itself off the rest of the body and chases Levine and some girl is bizarre. Where did this big underground cavern they're getting chased through come from?!

The supporting acting is ridiculous, the FX are so-so, and the mangler itself is absurdly Gothic. It looks like it's made out of wrought iron, this huge piece of machinery the size of a trailer; nothing like in the King story where it was just a regular, rectangular shaped piece of industrial machinery.

All in all this film is something you MIGHT care to see if you've got a strong heart (for the parts that are rather disrespectful to God) and stomach (For the poorly acted and cheesy parts). Otherwise, ignore it.


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