Directed by Tobe Hooper. Screenplay written by Hooper, Stephen David Brooks and Harry Alan Towers, based on a short story by Stephen King. Starring Ted Levine, Robert Englund, Daniel Matmor, Jeremy Crutchley and Todd Jensen.
Plot: much like the short story it’s based on, the movie is about a large folding machine that turns evil
The movie starts out just like the short story, which I really enjoyed. However, it deviates from it greatly later on and turns into something completely ridiculous.
In the beginning, the mangler folds up a woman. It’s real nice, too. The police detective comes to investigate. When he can’t make heads or tales of it, he turns to a friend and together they decide that it’s possessed. The specials were good and the main characters were likable, but we really didn’t like the direction Hooper took the movie.
We don’t understand the Robert Englund character at all and the stupid prosthetic makeup on him. Way too ridiculous. And he wasn’t even in the book. We understand that they needed something extra to spread the movie out, but this was not the way to go.
The end also sucked. It didn’t make any sense.
Our score: 31.
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Then are dreamt of in your philosophy.” -Shakespeare