October 29, 2013 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2013: Night #11 The Mangler (1995)
This is one of my favourite movies. It is way more horrific than the rest of this year's movies. You'd better be ready for gore and madness this time out. Based on a story by Stephen King. Directed by Tobe Hooper--also a partial screenplay credit. Starring Ted Levine and Robert Englund. Additionally you've never seen so much scenery chewing! I'll also admit there's a bit of excessive screaming toward the end too. Ted plays Officer Hutton. Hutton is called in to an industrial laundry where there has been an accident with the speed ironer, called the Mangler. It isn't really a spoiler that the machine is possessed. Robert plays the laundry's aged owner Bill Gartley. Also of note is Demetre Phillips as George Stanner, even though I have no credits to share of his. You can also look back to my previous post about this movie from 2008.
I find it funny that Robert Englund has almost a much makeup work done to him to play Mr. Gartley as he does for Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) (movie) and its sequels. Robert has a huge list of horror credits, of course, so I'd just like to point out Strangeland (1998) (movie), Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) (movie), and Inkubus (2011) (movie). Ted Levine of course is famous for his role in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) (movie). If you like that unique voice of his don't miss Ted in Joy Ride (2001) (movie). You can also see him in The Hills Have Eyes (2006) (movie), and Shutter Island (2010) (movie). Besides The Mangler, Tobe Hooper directed and also wrote the screenplay for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) (movie). He also directed Salem's Lot (1979), Poltergeist (1982) (movie), and Toolbox Murders (2004), among other horrors. Okay, go get your scare on!