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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 »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

South Africa | UK

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is a gate in the background in one of the beginning scenes, after Sherry initially hurts herself on the clamp. A banner on the gate reads "labor will set you free", just as the gate into Auschwitz read. 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

The Unrated version is about 30 secs longer than R-rated. Here are the differences:
  • Sherry tries to rescue Mrs. Frawley from the mangler by grabbing her legs. Just after she has done that, there is a bloody close up of Frawley's head inside the machine (2 sec)
  • About 16 secs later there is another close up of Frawley inside the machine. It shows her upper body covered in blood (2 sec)
  • The death of Frawley is also shown in close up. It shows when her head is crushed by the roller. (2 sec)
  • When Pictureman takes the second picture of Frawleys mangled body, the close up stays longer and shows a pile of flesh (3 sec)
  • In the scene where George gets stuck in the machine, a close up is shown when the axe hits his arm, it sprays blood first on the man who cut Georges arm, then on Sherry. Gartley yells "Sherry", a close up of Georges face and the bloody stump is then shown. George yells in agony and Sherry looks up to Gartley. This lasts about 11 sec
  • When Lin Sue gets killed, it shows in close up her body beeing mangled (2 sec)
  • A few sec later, there is another close up of her mangled body ( 2 sec)
  • The death of Gartley, it shows a 5 sec shot when his thigh gets folded to his stomach. Intercut is close ups of Hunton.
  • About 14 sec later when Gartley finally has been mangled, a close up of his waist is shown, it sprays blood up in the air. What only remains is his upper body (2 sec)
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Referenced in Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) See more »

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User Reviews

 
If you end up getting something more out of a horror film besides a few scares (which I did when I watched "The Mangler"), then it has surpassed the basic purpose of a horror film.
19 August 2001 | by Vladimir_GrozescuSee all my reviews

People, what do you expect from a movie entitled "The Mangler"? Whatever you expect, DON'T expect this movie to be academy award material, and DON'T expect it to be trash. Infact, it's best to not have any expectations at all, then it'll be easier to watch it with an open mind, that way, you'll be able to formulate your own opinion of "The Mangler" for yourself. Granted, this isn't the best film in the world, but it's a damn entertaining horror flick if you give it a chance. This film has everything a horror fan like myself could want: profuse amounts of realistic-looking blood are gore, grandiose set designs, and a very creepy Robert Englund! Plus, if you're the type of analytical person that likes to look for a deeper meaning in their blood-soaked horror films every now and then (again, like myself), you will even notice the scathing social exposition of the contention of industrialism and corporate greed (the theme is there, you just have to open your eyes and look for it). Many of the IMDB reviewers missed this theme while they were busy whining about the acting and plot (which were by no means subpar, especially considering this is from the horror genre).

I find it ironic that in almost all of the reviews on the internet of this film, there are always complaints about amount of the gore, and how the film, as a whole, has a harsh and discomforting feel to it. Well, guess what; THAT is the way real horror films are supposed to be; they're supposed to disgust and shock its viewers, and they're supposed to make you squirm in your seat; that's the first sign you're watching a REAL horror film. Sure, this film is unapoligetically brutal, but that's one of the film's fortes, and I really admire the fact that it's so unrelenting. Generally, horror films are only meant to frighten viewers, and nothing more. However, if you end up getting something more out of a horror film besides a few scares (which I did when I watched "The Mangler"), then it has surpassed the basic purpose of a horror film.

My Rating: seven stars out of ten.


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