Sunday, October 26, 2008

13 Nights of Hallowe'en: Night #8 The Mangler

For those who think that the movie from last night had
The Manglera good pedigree, this one will be mind blowing. The movie is “The Mangler”. Let’s start from the considerable bottom and move up. At the bottom on this impressive horror chain is Ted Levine, instantly recognised at the drop of this line... “It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.” Rising higher we come to the director of this movie. It is none other than Tobe Hooper director of “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”. Hooper also has credit for work on “The Mangler” screenplay. Next up is an actor whose work nearly everyone knows but yet many do not know his face. Even from this movie they won’t know his face. He is of course Robert Englund, famous for he of the burned face and finger-knives, Freddy Krueger!

One might think that this is enough of a collection of horror’s best. How could it get any better? Easy. “The Mangler” is based on one of the short stories of Stephen King. The movie takes the story and adds onto it in nice ways. Some people don’t like that. Numerous people do not like the movie at all. However, when the complaints involve the idea that Englund is terrible in everything, then obviously they are not the right audience for “The Mangler”. It could be said quite insultingly these people don’t know horror, on that count at least. Same situation for complaints essentially about King’s story. “The Mangler” is a blood drenched, body mangling, capering and leering, antacid chewing, masterpiece. Watch it for what it is and you won’t be left flat... or pressed and folded.

Mood: frivolous.
Music: House of 1000 Corpses by Rob Zombie off of Sinister Urge.


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