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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

Writers:

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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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 | 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

Gross USA:

$1,781,383

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,781,383
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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. 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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User Reviews

 
Bizarr But Not Awful
24 February 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A laundry folding machine is possessed by a demon from Hell.

The reviews for "The Mangler" are predominantly bad. Richard Harrington wrote, "The Mangler is ludicrous from start to finish: its plot lines dangle, its effects fail to dazzle and the acting and directing are uniformly bad... even the least demanding of genre fans will be hard-pressed to tremble in its presence." This is partially true. The plot is not as strong as it could be, but it does have a few nice touches, most notably the gore.

Mike Long rated it 0.5/5 stars and wrote, "There have been many bad, throw-away projects based on material from Stephen King, but The Mangler has to be one of the worst. The movie's laughable premise is only brought down by the inept filmmaking on display here." Yep. The acting is pretty bad (especially the way lines are delivered), and there is just no getting around the fact this is a story about a possessed laundry machine... it might be good as a short story (I don't know), but to make it believable on screen? And I think they made at least one if not two sequels...


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