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The Mangler (1995)

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A laundry-folding machine has been possessed by a demon, causing it to develop homicidal tendencies.

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Tobe Hooper

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Tobe Hooper (screenplay), Stephen David Brooks (screenplay) (as Stephen Brooks) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Englund ... Bill Gartley
Ted Levine ... John Hunton
Daniel Matmor Daniel Matmor ... Mark Jackson
Jeremy Crutchley ... Pictureman / Mortician
Vanessa Pike Vanessa Pike ... Sherry Ouelette
Demetre Phillips Demetre Phillips ... Stanner
Lisa Morris Lisa Morris ... Lin Sue
Vera Blacker Vera Blacker ... Mrs. Frawley
Ashley Hayden Ashley Hayden ... Annette Gillian
Danny Keogh Danny Keogh ... Herb Diment
Ted Le Plat ... Dr. Ramos
Todd Jensen ... Roger Martin
Sean Taylor Sean Taylor ... Derrick Gates
Gerrit Schoonhoven Gerrit Schoonhoven ... Aaron Rodriguez
Nan Hamilton Nan Hamilton ... Mrs. Ellenshaw
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Storyline

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

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Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

South Africa | UK | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alianza macabra See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$933,809, 5 March 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,781,383
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Cummings, the voice of iconic characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Darkwing Duck, Pete, Ed the Hyena, Ray the Firefly, Hondo Ohnaka, Dr. Robotnik and a variety of other animated characters, provided the vocal effects for the titular machine and was glad to get to work with director Tobe Hooper, whom he was a fan of, but felt that the strain put on his throat by making the Mangler noises and the quality of the film itself wasn't worth the effort. He once saw the film on television and was amused to see that his name was misspelled as 'Tim Cummings' in the end credits, as it meant that he got paid to do a bad film and no one would even know he had been involved. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
George Stanner: What are you doing? Not up here. Get back down there. Jesus. Morons.
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Alternate Versions

Available in an R-rated version and an Unrated "director's cut". The unrated version contains very graphic versions of scenes, including Mrs. Frawley's and Gartley's deaths. See more »

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A pleasant surprise
2 November 2003 | by mattfngrantSee all my reviews

I picked this one up in a hurry six years ago and now it sits in my living room. I expected a snore-fest but was surprised by how the filmmakers made such a silly premise both entertaining and somewhat original. Odd cast as well: Freddy vs. Buffalo Bill? -and who is this Matmor character? This movie was an hour and a half of unapologetic misery with above average writing, performances and special effects at a time where Stephen Kings work was being pushed onto TV in the form of Diluted MOW garbage. Not for everyone, but in the eyes of a horror fan it is fair to say that it could be Tobe Hooper's best work in years.


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