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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.


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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 »
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"The Mangler": A Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft's New England? 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

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Rated R for gory horror violence and language
106 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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
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Larry Taylor's last film.See more »
[first lines]
George Stanner:What are you doing? Not up here. Get back down there. Jesus. Morons.
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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »


Is the book that Mark quotes from a real book?
Is there such a thing as the 'Hand of Glory'?
What is 'The Mangler' about?
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
"The Mangler": A Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft's New England?, 26 May 2002
Author: JVSanders from New York

I'm one of those who believe that Stephen King owes a very large debt of gratitude to H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937.) In all fairness to King, though, he has graciously acknowledged Lovecraft's many important contributions to literary horror.

It's possible that director Tobe Hooper also recognized Lovecraft's significance when adapting The Mangler for the big screen. The short-story version does not offer a substantive historical link between the present-day and the genesis of the demon machine in the 1920s; the decade when Lovecraft began his short but illustrious writing career. Hooper took great pains, however, to develop an atmosphere that evokes the New England of Lovecraft's youth; a period when mill towns offered the only refuge for immigrants and native poor unable to make a living off the land. It was a time before the New Deal social reforms of President Franklin Roosevelt offered some relief from the exploitative and dangerous conditions inflicted on America's working class. For me, the philosophical sub-text of The Mangler is the evils of unbridled, industrial capitalism. The fact that rural communities have often depended for their very existence on a dehumanizing local industry is not lost on the socially progressive King.

Some have characterized The Mangler as an outstanding B-movie. I prefer to regard it as an all around entertaining flick. Although such films tend to be formulaic, Hooper and co-screenwriter Stephen David Brooks deserve credit for fleshing-out King's short story in a laudable fashion. The film's characters are well developed, and Robert Englund's portrayal of Bill Gartley, the grotesquely maimed, delightfully evil owner of the laundry machine from hell, should have earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor (a nod that should also have gone to Fred Gwynne for his fine work in Pet Sematary.) Ted Levine, and the versatile Jeremy Crutchley -- who portrayed two different characters in The Mangler -- also turned in noteworthy performances. Last but not least, the film's surprise ending, totally different from the climax of the original short story, is satisfying and appropriate.

Despite the overwhelming popularity of his novels, I believe that King's lesser works best demonstrate his creative gifts. The short story format demands an economy of words and a disciplined approach that can result in high emotional impact for readers. Short stories also provide additional latitude for movie makers to offer their unique interpretation of the work. The film adaptation of The Mangler is a fine example of the creative synergy between literary and cinematic artists, and a must-see for horror fans.

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