Tobe Hooper returns to the works of Stephen King in this uneven possession tale. The blood of a young virgin brings to life a monstrous laundry press, which goes on to crush and dismember anyone that goes near it. It is up to a blundering cop and his New Age neighbor to release the demons trapped in the machine in order to stop it once and for all. As ridiculous as the premise may be, THE MANGLER delivers on its promise of torn limbs and bloodied bodies. Outside of these few gory moments, however, the film fails to deliver a coherent story or any interesting characters. Hunter's shoddy police work along with his neighbor's crackpot theories line the script with tiresome filler and very little action. Robert Englund also appears in a throwaway cameo as William Gartley, owner of the Blue Ribbon Laundry who's soul is tied to the infernal machine, but even his slimy performance misses the mark. This is certainly one of the weaker King adaptations from the 90's.
If you liked THE MANGLER, check out:
GHOST IN THE MACHINE, DEATH MACHINE, GRAVEYARD SHIFT.