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The Mangler (1995)

 -  Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  3 March 1995 (USA)
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A laundry folding machine is possessed by a demon from Hell.

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Mark Jackson
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J.J.J. Pictureman / Mortician
Vanessa Pike ...
Sherry Ouelette
Demetre Phillips ...
George Stanner
Lisa Morris ...
Lin Sue
Vera Blacker ...
Mrs. Adelle Frawley
Ashley Hayden ...
Annette Gillian
Danny Keogh ...
Herb Diment
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Roger Martin
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Derrick Gates
Gerrit Schoonhoven ...
Aaron Rodriguez
Nan Hamilton ...
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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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Tobe Hooper filmed a large chunk of the film but left and was replaced by Avant Singh. See more »

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[first lines]
George Stanner: What are you doing? Not up here. Get back down there. Jesus. Morons.
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If this is the best he can do, Hooper should retire.
21 May 2003 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

THE MANGLER is further proof that some of the "top" names in horror can make 'em as bad as they come.

This one concerns a possessed laundry press (getting kind of desperate for new ideas, aren't they?) that is turned into a killing machine by a splash of virgin's blood (!) It grinds, smashes and burns workers in a small, grimy New England factory. Robert Englund does some heavy duty hamming as the cruel, greedy owner with white hair, an eye patch and leg braces, who lurches around on crutches, degrades (and has offscreen sex with) his female employees and screams nearly every line of his terrible dialogue.

Even his fans, and fans of Hooper (if he has any left) and Stephen King (whose short story in "Night Shift" this is based upon) will want to steer clear of this dreary, senseless, humorless gorefest with a handful of decent FX. The screenplay (by Hooper and Stephen Brooks) and supporting acting (especially Daniel Matmor as an occult expert) are both terrible.

I've read that this film (produced in 1993) was initially targeted for a wide theatrical release, but only got a limited one before heading off to video world in 1995. Avoid the sequel, too.

I gave it a 2 out of 10 only because it's slightly better than Part 2.


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