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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Mini Retro Review: The Mangler (1995) #badmovies

The Mangler

The idea of a laundry machine sucking people up and killing them is a great one for a horror film, I'd rather it was set in say a person's house or local laundromat and the washing machine was possessed and it ended up killing and swallowing up anyone who comes into contact with it. It'll be far more appealing and idealistic than what is presented here. The killer inanimate object thing could have used more work to make it look scarier and despite the gory effects and scenes, it didn't induce any amount of terror and fear from me. For a movie that is supposed to take itself seriously, seeing that thing it looked like a typical industrial and household appliance. The industrial setting just didn't click with me and none of the characters resonated with me, nor were the so-called victims and protagonists empathetic enough. The opening 10 mins were entertaining at most. The detective story took up way too much time and with that coming across as laboured, The Mangler becomes far less of a horror flick than it is intended. I didn't like Robert England's character very much, not because he was evil and he chewed up some of the scenery, but his cockiness just rubbed me up the wrong way and acting is mostly average, based on the ineffective script (Flubber & The Silence of the Lambs' Ted Levine is largely ineffective in a non-typecast lead role). Taking away the horror aspects, The Mangler's story is banal.

Is It Worth Watching?

Not Really


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