Ah yes I still remember it like it was yesterday when another Stephen King story was adapted to come to the big screen, this time with Tobe Hooper at helm and Robert Englund as a star. "The Mangler" was and still is one of those movies that people either love or hate at least those around me. I happen to be one of those who loves it or at least loves it for the most part. I mean this is far from a classic but it is fun or at least I think so, how times am I going to say "or at least"?
There is a factory out there that owns and operates a demon infested or possessed laundry folding machine and it has a taste for blood. After taking the life of a nice woman who was just minding her business and working a detective named John Hunton [the always great Ted Levine] starts working the case and after countless people are being eaten by this thing he starts to listen to a friend who knows about the paranormal. But the owner of the factory, a freak of a man named Bill Gartley [Robert Englund], knows what is going on a little more than he should. Based on the Stephen King story this one is actually entertaining despite what most say about the film.
While I will agree that this film is not the classic it could have been it is far from horrible, the first third of the film is great to be exact. The last 15 mins could have used some work but I thought it was good. When this first came out I actually know some one who threw up after seeing the pill [what was left] of the first victim. Director Tobe Hooper I thought did a great job with this film especially with the look of it. The tone of the film and darkness of it just stand out to me. Along with writers Stephen Brooks and Peter Welbeck this is a good enough adaptation of the short story from King, although the script could have used some work.
As far as the acting Ted Levine is brilliant in my mind as the lead detective John Hunton and does a great job. Robert Englund is completely over the top in this film but I think that really fits his characters look. I mean the guy has no legs and is completely torn up, over the top is this guy. Every one else in this film are good and pull off their roles well but you have to remember what type of flick this is. People hate on this film all the time but I have good memories with this film, the first time I watched this happened to be on one of the most fun nights I have ever had.
Some people hate this movie others love it and I find myself loving it, although I do realize it has flaws. I have had good times watching this movie and think that the atmosphere of it is great. Sure this is not the best movie ever and is not even the best horror movie ever but it is fun. Ted is brilliant and funny as always and Robert hams it up like no other. Watch this for your self as a rental or something and judge for your self.
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