The Mangler (1995)

DVD Cover (New Line Studios)
Genres: Horror, Supernatural Horror
When an accident involving a folding machine at an old laundry happens, detective John Hunton investigates. While he tries to solve the mystery, Bill Gartley, the owner, wants to find new victims for his machine. --TMDb
Tobe Hooper Tobe Hooper
Robert Englund Robert Englund
Ted Levine Ted Levine
Daniel Matmor Daniel Matmor
Jeremy Crutchley Jeremy Crutchley
Vanessa Pike Vanessa Pike
Movie Connections:
The Mangler
> The Mangler (1995)
> The Mangler Reborn (2005)

4.4 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Chad
Added: January 28, 2004
I saw some crap on Adult Swim a few nights ago.... Futurama? Family Guy? One of those.... anywho, they had a bit on there with Stephen King, pitching an idea to the publishers. They ask him what his new book is about. King looks puzzled, then grabs a lamp, and goes on and on about a killer lamp..... "Spooky, huh!??!" The publisher says "You're just not trying anymore". Was that a jab at this movie? Whom knows.

In fairness, I've read the short story that this is based on back in the day, and it wasn't this bad. Same basic premise, but they sure got a touch of the stupids in the ideas for the movie. A laundry machine that kills people..... well, that was in the book. Now, my memory may suck, but I don't recall said laundry machine crawling around chasing people in the novel. The whole ending, the last half hour or so, looks like a 6 year old thought it up.

And of course, there's a sequel, and my sadist-ass is going to hunt it down. Yippee.

2/10 for some very nice gore
3/10 for some very nice gore and a hell of a performance by Robert Englund.
Deadwired2 #1: Deadwired2 - added 08/19/2004, 12:32 AM
The sequel was horrible. Stay away. Far away. I have never seen such random and horrible over-acting before.
Crispy #2: Crispy - added 09/10/2004, 10:32 AM
I've never seen the sequel, but House of 1,000 Corpses was chock full of random and over-acted bullshit
Crispy #3: Crispy - added 11/03/2004, 09:42 PM
I assume you mean "masochistic" ass. meaning you like taking pain? cuz it sucks...
Chad #4: Chad - added 11/04/2004, 02:02 PM
Sadism = The deriving of pleasure, or the tendency to derive pleasure, from cruelty.
Symx #5: Symx - added 06/15/2005, 03:04 AM
It was family guy
bluemeanie #6: bluemeanie - added 11/04/2005, 10:32 PM
"The Mangler" primarily sucks because Tobe Hooper is a horrible director. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" was the only card he had up his sleave. Robert Englund does a very nice job here and some of the atmosphere is a little creepy...it really does feel like a Stephen King story. Otherwise, this is a pretty lame piece of shit. 5/10.
David Sartori #7: David Sartori - added 08/06/2008, 02:12 PM
Actually, in the end of the short story, the Manger does come to life and become mobile. Granted, it is nothing like what is portrayed in the movie.

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