The Mangler- -
When an accident involving a folding machine at an old laundry happens, detective John Hunton investigates. While he tries to solve the mystery, Bill Gartley, the owner, wants to find new victims for his machine.
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The Mangler Movie Trailer in HQ – 1995
The short story was adapted into a feature length film in 1995, and had a highly prestigious cast, including Robert Englund of Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) fame as Bill Gartley, the mysterious owner of the laundry machine, and Ted Levine of The Silence of the Lambs fame as Detective John Hunton. Despite being a box office bomb at the time of its release, it got pretty positive reviews, mostly for its cast and special effects. The Mangler, a large laundry folding machine in Gartley’s Blue Ribbon Laundry service within the the town of Riker’s Valley, Maine, is owned by Bill Gartley. The trouble starts when Gartley’s niece, Sherry, cuts herself on a lever connected to the machine and splashes blood on the Mangler’s tread, while also trying to avoid being crushed by an old icebox some movers are clumsily carrying past. Sparks and light streams occur when both the blood and the ice box come into close contact with the Mangler. Later, an elderly worker named Mrs. Adelle Frawley, struggling to open a bottle of antacids, spills them on the moving tread of the Mangler. When she attempts to collect them, the safety shield inexplicably lifts up and traps her hand inside, followed by her entire body getting pulled into the machine.
Police officer John Hunton, with the help of his brother-in-law, Mark, investigates the incident and the ones that soon follow. As the plot progresses, Mark tries to convince Hunton that the machine may be possessed, and the only way to stop the deaths is to exorcise the machine to dispel whatever demon is inhabiting it. They also discovered the machine itself has ties to the town. It’s revealed in photographer JJJ Pictureman’s old journal with newspaper clippings & pictures that each of of the girls including Bill Gartley’s late daughter Maryanne, all at the age of 16 and daughters of all wealthy and powerful people in Rikers Vallery, all each died on their 16th birthdays (some fallen into the Mangler by “accident”, others secretly kidnapped and murdered) and all of these deaths are connected to the Mangler itself.
With the help of Sherry after being rescued by them from letting her twisted uncle and his accomplice Lin Sue that were both about to sacrifice her to the Mangler, the two men attempt to exorcise the demon before it strikes again by reciting a prayer and administering holy water. The machine gives one last groan and shuts down. As they three sigh with relief, Hunton takes some antacids, admitting to Mark that they belonged to the deceased Mrs. Frawley. Mark suddenly realizes that the key ingredient in the antacids is deadly nightshade, also called “the Hand of Glory” as outlined in his occult book. Since the machine was accidentally fed the same antacids, Mark realizes that not only was the exorcism rendered useless, as the demon is still alive, it is now stronger than ever. The machine bursts to life and now appears to have a mind of its own, shedding off pieces of metal and rising up in the manner of a wild beast. The three run through the warehouse as they are chased by the now-mobile Mangler.
The Mangler kills Mark while John and Sherry descend a flight of stairs. In their hurry to escape, they fall through a large manhole into the sewer below, the machine struggling to get to them. Suddenly, something falls from the machine into the water, and a mechanical wail ensues. The machine draws back and becomes still before being destroyed.
After the horrifying night with the possessed Mangler machine was over, Hunton helps Sherry out of the sewer and gets to her to hospital. The doctor informs him that she’ll be alright but he’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see her. As Hunton leaves, the doctor waves goodbye, and Hunton notices that he’s missing the ring finger on his right hand. When he gets home, Hunton finds a letter from JJJ Pictureman warning him not to trust people in Riker’s Valley with missing body parts.There’s a piece of each of them in the demon, and a dose of the demon in each of them, he writes. Hunton later pays a visit to Sherry at the laundry factory and finds it fully operational with the mangler back in place. From the scaffold, Sherry can be seen walking with crutches and yelling unpleasantly at the workers. She notices Hunton and waves at him, revealing the missing ring finger on her right hand. Hunton drops the flowers he’s carrying into the waste can and leaves the factory.
The Mangler is a 1995 American, Australian and South African horror film, directed by Tobe Hooper and based upon the Stephen King’s short story of the same name which appeared in his inaugural short story collection,Night Shift.