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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2 May 2004 | Backlash007
"There's a little bit of me in that machine, and a little bit of it in me."
Some Stephen King short stories are just not worthy of 100 minute features. The Mangler is one of them. Tobe Hooper was on a bit of a downhill progression when he made 1995's The Mangler. He just came off of the highly disappointing Night Terrors and needed a hit. But this film is not a great return for him. The story just isn't really there. I mean, a possessed laundry machine...come on. Ted Levine and Robert Englund (who was WAY over the top, thankfully) couldn't even save this turkey. The one aspect that almost made me like it was the gore. The Mangler is high on the gore factor. Heads are crushed, limbs are tore, legs are folded; people get, well, mangled in this picture. Also a bit mangled was Hooper's career. Tobe Hooper used to be a name you could trust when it came to horror, but now he needs to earn his credibility back. He's made a good start by directing one of the episodes for the highly acclaimed Taken miniseries. Let's hope his next movie will continue to be the Hooper we used to know and love.

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Trivia

Hadley Watson is the manufacturer of the Mangler, it's displayed right on the front. Each of those words have 6 letters in them. There is a big 6 right underneath those words. That's 3 6's. 666 is the sign of the Beast.


Quotes

George Stanner: What are you doing? Not up here. Get back down there. Jesus. Morons.


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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