The Mangler (1995)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Matmor ...
J.J.J. Pictureman / Mortician
Vanessa Pike ...
Demetre Phillips ...
Lisa Morris ...
Lin Sue
Vera Blacker ...
Mrs. Adelle Frawley
Ashley Hayden ...
Danny Keogh ...
Herb Diment
Ted Le Plat ...
Doctor Ramos
Roger Martin
Derrick Gates
Gerrit Schoonhoven ...
Aaron Rodriguez
Nan Hamilton ...
Mrs. Ellenshaw


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 <>

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From the three masters of horror, the ultimate tale of terror is about to begin. See more »


Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for gory horror violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alianza macabra  »

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Box Office


$1,781,383 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tobe Hooper filmed a large chunk of the film but left and was replaced by Avant Singh. See more »


[first lines]
George Stanner: What are you doing? Not up here. Get back down there. Jesus. Morons.
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Followed by The Mangler 2 (2002) See more »

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User Reviews

Surrealistic portrayal of manufacturing where management will sacrifice anything to machines for money
14 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While on the surface this movie may seem a little silly, trite horror movie, having worked in a manufacturing environment for the last 12 years, I found it fascinating. The contrast between workers and top management, the lack of regard for employee's safety, the willingness to literally sacrifice to the almighty machine were too close to reality. The extreme portrayal of the main characters, laborers so meek and owners so owned by wealth, are reminiscent of Dickens. The FX were startling and exceptional. I loved this film and I don't love films very often. Even the over acting was great, because the roles required overacting. And woven through the whole story was the mundane and relatively normal main character.

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