A young girl travels to Cairo to visit her father, and becomes unwillingly involved with a bizarre sadomasochistic cult led by the charismatic Paul Chevalier, who is a descendant of the ... See full summary »
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
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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.
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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