IMDb > The Mangler (1995)
The Mangler
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Mangler (1995) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 14 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
The Mangler -- 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.
The Mangler -- A laundry folding machine is possessed by a demon from Hell.


User Rating:
3.9/10   6,492 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 8% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Stephen King (short story)
Tobe Hooper (screenplay) ...
View company contact information for The Mangler on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
3 March 1995 (USA) See more »
Escape is not an option. See more »
A laundry folding machine is possessed by a demon from Hell. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
A Humorous-Allegory of the Evils of Capitalism See more (78 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ted Levine ... Officer John Hunton

Robert Englund ... William 'Bill' Gartley
Daniel Matmor ... Mark Jackson

Jeremy Crutchley ... 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
Ted Le Plat ... Doctor Ramos

Todd Jensen ... Roger Martin

Sean Taylor ... Derrick Gates
Gerrit Schoonhoven ... Aaron Rodriguez
Nan Hamilton ... Mrs. Ellenshaw
Adrian Waldron ... Mr. Ellenshaw
Norman Coombes ... Judge Bishop
Larry Taylor ... Sheriff Hughes
Irene Frangs ... Mrs. Smith
Megan Wilson ... Ginny Jason
Odile Rault ... Alberta
Ron Smerczak ... Officer Steele
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ashley Waldorf ... Paramedic Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Tobe Hooper 
Writing credits
Stephen King (short story)

Tobe Hooper (screenplay) and
Stephen David Brooks (screenplay) (as Stephen Brooks) and
Harry Alan Towers (screenplay) (as Peter Welbeck)

Produced by
Kent Adamson .... development producer
Rita Marie Bartlett .... associate producer
Sudhir Pragjee .... executive producer
Anant Singh .... producer
Sanjeev Singh .... executive producer
Helena Spring .... executive producer
Harry Alan Towers .... executive producer (as Peter Welbeck)
Original Music by
Barrington Pheloung 
Cinematography by
Amnon Salomon 
Film Editing by
David Heitner 
Casting by
Christa Schamberger 
Production Design by
David Barkham 
Art Direction by
Zack Grobler 
Costume Design by
Moira Anne Meyer 
Makeup Department
Scott Coulter .... key special makeup effects: Los Angeles
Tracy Crystal .... key makeup artist
Barry R. Koper .... makeup artist: Mr. Englund, Los Angeles
Lana Levin .... assistant makeup artist
David B. Miller .... makeup artist: Mr. Englund, Los Angeles
Scott Patton .... special makeup effects artist
Lloyd Power .... key hair stylist
Mark Villalobos .... special makeup effects technician
Scott Wheeler .... makeup effects
Scott Wheeler .... special makeup effects: Los Angeles
Production Management
Brian Cox .... post-production supervisor: Los Angeles
Lesley Fox .... post-production supervisor
Genevieve Hofmeyr .... unit production manager
Paul Janssen .... post-production supervisor: London
Michael Snell .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen David Brooks .... second unit director
Graham Hickson .... first assistant director
Gavin Joubert .... second assistant director
Diane McCarthy .... second assistant director
Shane Mohabier .... second assistant director
Philip Mosoeu .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sean Ahern .... set builder
Clive Berry .... assistant set dresser
Shane Bunce .... property master
Pascal Contos .... stand-by props
Chris Croukamp .... assistant set dresser
Hamid Croukamp .... set dresser
Peter De Jager .... graphic designer
Jeanne Henn .... set dresser
Roland Hunter .... head scenic artist
Rosalind Lurie .... graphic designer
Loui Polykarpou .... assistant property master
Marelize Pretorius .... assistant property master
Marelize Pretorius .... stand-by set dresser
Della Steenkamp .... assistant set dresser
Danny Tsatsi .... stand-by props
Rae Wynne-Roberts .... key scenic (as Rae Wynna-Roberts)
Sound Department
Dana Austin .... adr recordist: Los Angeles (as Dana Porter)
Charlotte Buys .... dialogue editor
Nicky De Beer .... sound designer
Tommy Goodwin .... adr mixer: Los Angeles
Akbar Ali Goolam .... sound transferer
Elinor Hardy .... adr editor
Raymond Hennessy .... boom operator
John Isles .... stereo sound consultant
Sid Knowles .... adr mixer
Sid Knowles .... foley mixer
Edwin Lawson .... sound transferer
Wayne Lines .... foley editor
Juliet Phillips .... foley artist
Mark Phillips .... sound re-recording mixer
Leith Ridley .... foley artist
Colette Russouw .... adr editor
Richard Sprawson .... sound mixer
Warwick Swinney .... special sound effects
Robert Thorpe .... sound effects editor
Jeff Tucker .... sound technical advisor
Nikki Van Kiekerk .... dialogue editor
Christopher T. Welch .... adr supervisor: Los Angeles
Special Effects by
David Moffat .... special effects assistant
Karen Poolman .... special effects assistant
Max Poolman .... special effects coordinator
Andrew Robertson .... special effects assistant
Teri-Lin Robertson .... special effects department coordinator
Bonnie Wienand .... special effects assistant
Tony Wilson .... special effects assistant
Janek Zabielski .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Stephen David Brooks .... visual effects supervisor
Denise Davis .... visual effects coordinator: Los Angeles
Paul Lasaine .... matte painting supervisor
Eric Peterson .... visual effects artist
Winston Quitasol .... digital compositor
Wally Schaab .... digital artist
Carolyn Soper .... visual effects producer: Los Angeles
Roly Jansen .... action vehicle stunts: London (as Roland Jansen)
Gavin Mey .... stunt coordinator: London
Ashley Waldorf .... action vehicle coordinator
Ashley Waldorf .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Umberto Adaggi .... still photographer
Xavier Arce .... clapper loader
Danny Ben Menahem .... gaffer
Ewen Bogle .... focus puller
Derek William Carlow .... grip
Vincent G. Cox .... camera operator: second unit
Vincent De Jager .... focus puller: second unit
Graham Elston .... best boy grip
Bernard Fani .... electrician
Simon Francis .... rigging gaffer
David Gur .... still photographer
Gavin Horne .... key grip
Clive Lawrie .... camera operator: second unit
Pepsy Mahunisi .... electrician
John Matye .... best boy electric
Ishmail Moeng .... grip
Themba Mudau .... grip
Kenneth Shange .... grip
Anthony Smythe .... focus puller: second unit
Rys Vincent .... focus puller: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca Ferrari .... wardrobe assistant
Darion Hing .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Nicci Blue .... second assistant film editor
Charlotte Buys .... second assistant film editor
Megan Gill .... first assistant film editor
Hayley Morris .... first assistant film editor
Lucas Ramosime .... post-production assistant
Lorraine Salk .... additional editor: Los Angeles
Jeanine Smal .... apprentice film editor
Nicci Van Niekerk .... assistant editor
Music Department
Dave Hunt .... music mixer: London
Dave Hunt .... music recordist: London
Toby Wood .... assistant scoring engineer
Other crew
Gerard Botha .... production assistant
Maureen Conway .... script supervisor
Tim Cummings .... voice effects: Los Angeles
Lionel Glass .... projectionist
Anita Hope .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Joyce Kurtz .... additional adr: Los Angeles
Todd Masters .... prosthetics co-designer: Los Angeles
Sandra Mazzotti .... production coordinator
Nicola Rauch .... craft service
Dezi Rorich .... unit publicist
Stuart Wentzel .... armourer

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for gory horror violence and language
106 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:M (unrated version) | Finland:K-18 (2003) (uncut) (self applied) | Finland:K-16 (1995) (cut) | Germany:18 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | South Korea:18 | UK:18 | USA:R
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Tobe Hooper filmed a large chunk of the film but left and was replaced by Anant Singh.See more »
[first lines]
George Stanner:What are you doing? Not up here. Get back down there. Jesus. Morons.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scream: The Inside Story (2011) (TV)See more »


How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
What are the differences between the R-Rated and Unrated Version?
How does the movie end?
See more »
22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A Humorous-Allegory of the Evils of Capitalism, 13 April 2006
Author: Matthew Janovic ( from United States

"And did the Countenance Divine Shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here Among these dark Satanic mills? "

William Blake, "Jerusalem", 1795

"We all have to make sacrifices!" --from the Mangler-screenplay, 1995

Coming from Stephen King's 1978 collection of shorts, "Night Shift", Tobe Hooper brings us his very different-take: a parable of 19th Century, proprietary-capitalism and the nightmare of the American-workplace. This film is what labor-conditions were 100-years-ago, and what they could easily become again if we aren't too-careful. Since the discovery of a slave-sweatshop in El Monte, California a few-years after the release of this film, it isn't so fantastic. Maybe some of us were too-comfortable to "get" this film in the Clinton-era. Most people don't get this film at-all, even just watching it on its surface-levels. It's a real hoot! Yep, you can watch it with a beer, and you can watch it with an open-mind thinking about its deeper-meanings, or you can do both. And--shocker!--ALL of them are FUN.

Tobe Hooper has said for-decades he wanted to do comedy, and he comes close here, which helps this film from being too-oppressive. Ithink Hooper understood the story better than Stephen King--it seems King worked in a clothes-pressing plant like this one in the 1960s, which gave-rise to it, but Hooper has always struck me as politically-radical in his approach-to-horror. The best horror usually has a real subversive-edge, and this is what makes this a good one. Sure, it's hokey, but it has its tongue firmly-planted in its cheek, it is jokey. It also has some sub-themes in the lines, "There's a piece of me in that machine--and a piece of it in me." It speaks well of how people are spiritually-contaminated by our system. The disease is greed.

If it wasn't for Ted Levine ("Buffalo Bill" in Silence of the Lambs) as the bedraggled town-cop John Hunton, Robert Englund would literally steal-the-show here. Tobe uses some great low-shots and wide-angle lens compositions (ala "Citizen Kane") that lend the film a great comic-book look, and make Englund shine as a despicable-villain. The irony is, mill-owner Gartley is also a victim of the machine, even robbing him of the ability to walk. He's also half-blind, which makes-sense. The characters are pretty well-drawn, and we learn that Detective Hunton has some baggage left-behind from the death of his wife in a car-accident, years-earlier. The town is run like a virtual-dictatorship by Gartley, who basically represents the "robber-barons" of the 19th century (as well as today), completely-uncaring about the safety and welfare of his employees. A man who has lost his humanity. Sound familiar?

Eventually, an accident occurs where the niece of Englund's character spills her own blood on the "Mangler", a clothes-press that must be 100-years-old. Another shop-employee spills her belladonna-laced antacids into the guts of the machine, and it begins taking-victims...and parts. Oddly, all the people Bill Gartley "owns" (the Mayor, the Police Chief, Doctors, etc.) have missing-fingers. Of course, the premise of a demoniacally-possessed machine is fantasy, which is what makes the story a parable, but it's fun. Over-time, Detective Hunton finds that the Gartley dynasty has been-sacrificing their own young to the infernal-machine for a century, and now they're "spreading-the-love". Don't all employers? Some require the blood of a virgin!

So, people have been wrong about this one. It's a minor-classic of a bad-decade for horror. The genre has its fallow-periods where interest isn't as-high, and 1995 wasn't exactly a banner-year for horror-buffs. And quit-comparing every film a director does to their most well-known ones, it's emotionally-retarded. This is a solid horror-film, and if it had been presented in the proper-context, would have been better-appreciated. The short-story is good, but this is better, and Stephen King sure isn't Edgar Allan Poe or Lovecraft ferchrissakes. The New Line DVD is great, it has a perfect widescreen-transfer, and even includes the gore that was cut with split-screen comparisons to the theatrical-version. A great horror-film, and a respectable one for Tobe Hooper. Now you can all go and rewatch the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"--just don't touch-yourself so-much this time. We all have to make sacrifices, after-all. Ignore the other reviews, those people are snobs.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (78 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Mangler (1995)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
the greatest movie of all time?? toddthebod
Does this film warrant a 1/10 from 27% of people? Discuss... ghiaguy1974
Tobe Hooper didn't finish the film? Dr_Slag_PhD
Similarities between The Mangler and Graveyard shift kobejonez
to anyone who has the dvd iheartkyle1218
what a horrible movie aslauenwhite
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Dreamcatcher The Incredible Melting Man Creepshow 2 Cannibal! The Musical Maximum Overdrive
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Horror section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.