The Mangler (1995) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: Tobe Hooper
STARRING: Robert Englund, Ted Levine, Daniel Matmor
RATED: R/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Scream Factory
The masters of horror Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Robert Englund (A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise) and Stephen King (Creepshow, Misery) join forces to bring you a shocking tale of terror. Based on King’s short story, this white-knuckle chiller follows a cop (Ted Levine, The Silence Of The Lambs, The Hills Have Eyes) as he investigates a series of grisly accidents … and uncovers a deadly town secret that has been hidden for years – a terrifying entity that threatens to destroy everything in its path. With time running out and a young girl’s life in the balance, he races to destroy the beast before it’s too late!
I had never gotten the chance to see Tobe Hooper’s The Mangler until this release from Scream Factory and I got to admit that is a very strange one. The movie features none other than Robert Englund and takes us to a washing factory where the giant machine there keeps grinding people up! Why does it do this? Well, apparently it’s possessed! The story here is kind of weak and I’ll admit that. The source was a short story by Stephen King, but the movie tosses so much blood and wild stuff at us that we don’t really notice that much how thin the plot can be at times. Things do feel padded out, but you’ll probably be watching so much crazy stuff on the screen that you won’t really care.
The movie is a bit of a comedy horror and works as a much better follow up for Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 than Spontaneous Human Combustion was in 1990. It might not be for everyone, but if you like some wacky stuff mixed with some blood you’ll enjoy this. For a giant machine that eats people, it works much better than other movies I’ve seen where beds, washing machines, and microwaves kill people. So as far as appliance horror goes it is probably the top of the pack. Otherwise, it might just be a pretty good but not great movie. It does look good and comes with some good extras, so it’s a keeper in my book.
– NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative Of The Uncut Version Of The Film
– NEW Audio Commentary With Co-Writer Stephen David Brooks
– NEW Hell’s Bells – An Interview With Actor Robert Englund
– Rare Behind-The-Scenes Footage
– Theatrical Trailer
– TV Spot
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 96%