Sadly, there's no robotized Robert Englund in the film.
There is a fate worse than death.
The Mangler is a horror film adapted from a short story The Mangler by Stephen King. Released in 1995, it was directed by Tobe Hooper and stars Robert Englund and Ted Levine. There are two sequels.
The first film has the examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion
- Adaptational Villainy: Gartley doesn't make a direct appearance in the original short story and isn't hinted to be involved with the possession of the speed ironer. Sherry likewise isn't Gartley's niece, doesn't pull a FaceHeel Turn, and doesn't take over the laundry.
- Animate Inanimate Object: The mangler starts chasing the protagonists after they botch the exorcism.
- Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: Hunton is doing this in his introductory scene.
- Blood-Splattered Innocents: Sherry and Annette are covered by Frawley's blood when she is caught by the machine.
- Bloody Handprint: Sherry leaves one on the icebox when she hurts her hand.
- Chase Scene: The climax of the film is the mangler getting off of its hinges after a failed exorcism attempt and chasing after the protagonists.
- Chekhov's Gun: Mrs. Frawleys antacid medication. Her spilling them into the machine at the beginning seemed to just be an unfortunate accident that led to her Cruel and Unusual Death in the jaws of the Mangler. It turned out to be much worse when its revealed that the key ingredient in those pills is belladonna. Cue Oh, Crap!.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mr. Gartley.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Poor, poor Mrs. Frawley. No human body was made to be pressed, steamed, and folded like a piece of linen...
- Dangerous 16th Birthday: To Sherry, as she is next to be sacrificed for power.
- Deal with the Devil: Mr. Gartley got his power thanks to the beast in the machine.
- Disturbed Doves: Doves appear randomly when a picture is taken on the scene of Mary's death
- Drop the Hammer: When the icebox attacks Mark, Hunton grabs a sledge hammer and starts beating on it.
- The End... Or Is It?: In the end it turns out that Sherry is now one of the machine's followers.
- Evil Cripple: Mr. Gartley.
- Evil Uncle: Mr. Gartley to Sherry.
- Eyepatch of Power: Mr. Gartley's half-dark glasses.
- Fingore: Lin's hand is caught by the mangler and loses one of her fingers. It turns out to be a part of the initiation to be one of the rich and powerful people of the town.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Mark when the mangler kills him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Averted when Sherry tries to sacrifice herself to the mangler to stop it, but Hunton forces her out of it.
- Hollywood Exorcism: Tried against the machine, which backfires.
- Hostile Weather: Thunder rolls in the background when Hunton and Mark are on their way to exorcise the mangler.
- Human Sacrifice: The beast in the mangler requires 16 year old virgins to be sacrificed to it if it were to grant power to someone.
- Inappropriate Hunger: The morgue worker is eating cherry tomatoes when Hunton visits the place.
- Life-or-Limb Decision: George forces his buddy to cut off his arm when he is caught by the mangler. He dies from the blood loss.
- My Greatest Failure: For Hunton it is getting his wife killed in a car accident.
- No OSHA Compliance
- Oh, Crap!: Hunton, Sherry and Mark when they realize there was belladonna in the machine after all, courtesy of Mrs. Frawleys pills.
I think we may be fucked
- The Power of Blood: The mangler starts craving for a sacrifice when Sherry's blood is caught on it.
- Red Right Hand: Machine's followers have a piece of themselves inside the thing.
- Squashed Flat: Anyone caught by the mangler.
- Too Dumb to Live: When Jackson and Hunton are planning the exorcism, Jackson explains that demons who have been summoned with the hand of glory are much harder to kill. Since the hand of glory doesn't grow anywhere in the surrounding region, they both assume that this particular demon was summoned without it. Consequently, they expect an easy exorcism, and arm themselves accordingly. They don't even bother taking any extra precautions, just in case they're wrong. Boy, does that turn out to be a big mistake...
- Virgin Power: Sherry's blood brings the mangler and the icebox alive.
- Vomiting Cop: Officer Hunton after seeing what was left of poor Mrs. Frawley after the machine was done with her.
The sequels have the examples of: