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Awfully Good Movies: The Mangler (Video)

The Mangler (1995)
Director: 
Tobe Hooper
Stars: Robert Englund, Ted Levine, Daniel Matmor

Today, Stephen King's epic fantasy saga THE DARK TOWER finally hits the big screen, so Awfully Good Movies is opening its pages to one of Stephen King's lesser moments on film: the 1995 adaptation of his short story THE MANGLER! This one was hyped up in the advertising as the ultimate team-up between three iconic names in horror filmmaking: a short story by Stephen King, adapted for the screen by TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and POLTERGEIST director Tobe Hooper, starring NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET star Robert Englund. However, not even Alfred Hitchcock could manage to make a terrifying movie monster out of a demon-possessed laundry press machine. But that doesn't mean that King, Hooper and Englund don't try to make the best of it, as this "Mangler" terrorizes a small Maine town and its perpetually drunk detective, played by Ted "Buffalo Bill" Levine. So I think it's safe to say this flick makes this trio of horror legends look more like the Three Stooges than the Three Musketeers, and unless Idris Elba needs his duster jacket dry-cleaned, I don't think the Mangler will be popping in the DARK TOWER Stephen King multiverse any time soon.

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Extra Tidbit: If the IMDb trivia is to be believed, Tobe Hooper didn't direct the whole movie, as he left the production after filming a large chunk of the film, and MANGLER producer Anant Singh was forced to finish the flick himself. And unlike POLTERGEIST, I'm sure Tobe Hooper would be just fine with someone else claiming he helped direct this movie.
Source: JoBlo.com

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