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Film / The Mangler

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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:

The sequels have the examples of:

  • Computer Virus: The antagonist of the second film.
  • Dead Star Walking: Reggie Bannister of Phantasm fame gets a little bit of screen time in Reborn before Hadley catches him.
  • Facial Horror: By the end of Reborn, half of Hadley's face has rotted away, revealing his teeth.
  • Drop the Hammer: Hadley's weapon of choice is a rubber mallet.
  • Goth: Jo in 2 has this look about her, and has a stereotypical rebellious bad attitude to match.
  • I Am the Noun: In Reborn:
    Jamie: Fuck you and fuck your machine!
    Hadley: I am the machine.
  • In Name Only: Mangler 2's connection to the first film? The computer virus is called Mangler and there's a scene where a random girl is killed by a laundry machine.
  • Jitter Cam: It's sometimes hard to discern what the hell is supposed to be going on in 2.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Emily in 2 spends a lot of time being chased in her bikini.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: While not technically a vampire, the possessed Hadley has to drink the bloody sludge of the Mangler's victims to sustain his rotting body.
  • Troll: The Mangler virus in 2 enjoys playing with its food by making petty taunts and ridiculous pop cultural references while it chases them.
  • Stock Subtitle: The Mangler Reborn.
  • The Unblinking: After being possessed, Hadley almost has his eyes wide open, to eerie effect.

Alternative Title(s): The Mangler Reborn, The Mangler 2


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