The Mangler (1994)

USA, 1995
35mm film, Technicolor
Dolby stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Tobe Hooper.

Plot Summary

When a series of strange accidents happen at a factory, Detective John Hunton is assigned to investigate and soon comes to believe that the culprit is an iron folding machine that has a life of its own – and sustains that life by eating people…


Directed by: Tobe Hooper
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Anant Singh presents a Distant Horizon production in association with Filmex (Pty) Ltd and Allied Film Productions. A Tobe Hooper film
Executive Producers: Helena Spring, Harry Alan Towers, Sudhir Pragjee, Sanjeev Singh
Produced by: Anant Singh
Associate Producer: Rita Marie Bartlett
Screenplay by: Tobe Hooper, Stephen Brooks and Peter Welbeck [real name: Harry Alan Towers]
Based on the Short Story by: Stephen King
Director of Photography: Amnon Salomon
Edited by: David Heitner
Music Composed and Conducted by: Barrington Pheloung
Sound Mixer: Richard Sprawson
Wardrobe Designer: Moira Anne Meyer
Chief Make-up: Tracy Crystal
Chief Hair: Lloyd Power
Make-Up Effects: Scott Wheeler
“The Mangler” Created by: William Hooper
Special Effects Created by: Maximum Effects
Visual Effects Supervisor: Stephen Brooks
Production Designer: Dave Barkham

Robert Englund (Bill Gartley)
Ted Levine (John Hunton)
Daniel Matmor (Mark Jackson)
Jeremy Crutchley (pictureman/mortician)
Vanessa Pike (Sherry Ouelette)
Demetre Phillips (Stanner)
Lisa Morris (Lin Sue)
Vera Blacker (Mrs Frawley)
Ashley Hayden (Annette Gillian)
Danny Keogh (Herb Diment)
Ted LePlat (Doctor Ramos)
Todd Jensen (Roger Martin)
Sean Taylor (Derrick Gates)
Gerrit Schoonhoven (Aaron Rodriguez)
Nan Hamilton (Mrs Ellenshaw)
Adrian Waldron (Mr Ellenshaw)
Norman Coombes (Judge Bishop)
Larry Taylor (Sheriff Hughes)
Irene Frangs (Mrs Smith)
Megan Wilson (Ginny Jason)
Odile Rault (Alberta)
Ron Smerczak (Officer Steele)

Alternative Titles

Alianza macabra – Argentina, Spain
Děs v prádelně – Czechoslovakia
Luunmurskaaja – Finland
La machine infernale – Canada (French)
Maglownica – Poland
To Mangkalo – Greece
Mangler, o Grito de Terror – Brazil
The Mangler – La macchina infernale – Italy
A mángorló – Hungary
A Máquina Mortífera – Portugal
Mengene – Turkey
Presa – Serbia
La presseuse diabolique – France (DVD)
Sta granazia tis frikis – Greece
El triturador – Mexico
Στα γρανάζια της φρίκης – Greece
Давилка – Russia
Пресата – Bulgaria

The Mangler 2 (2002)
The Mangler Reborn (2005)



  • Africa Film and TV no.1 (3rd quarter 1993) p.11 – article
  • Cinema 29 June 1995 – review (by Eric Stahl)
  • The Dark Side November 1995 p.13 – review
  • Fangoria no.141 April 1995) pp.20-24 – illustrated article (The Mangler: Clothes encounters of the gory kind by Marc Shapiro)
  • Fangoria no.149 (January 1996) p.38 – video review (Video eye)
  • FilmMagasinet August/September 1995 p.79 – review (by Erlend Eskeland)
  • Interzone no.98 (August 95) p.31 – review (by Nick Lowe)
  • Scream no.80 (September/October 2023) pp.22-31 – illustrated article (The films of Stephen King (1976-1999) Part One by Barry McCann)
  • Shivers no.17 (May 1995) pp.32-34 – illustrated article
  • Shivers no.18 (June 1995) p.16 – illustrated review
  • Sight & Sound vol.5 no.7 (July 1995) p.50 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review (Reviews by James Flint)
  • Starburst no.202 (June 1995) p.35 – credits, review (by Howard Maxford)
  • Variety 6 March 1995 p.66 – credits, review (by Godfrey Cheshire)


  • The Films of the Nineties: A Complete, Qualitative Filmography of Over 3000 Feature-Length English Language Films, Theatrical and Video-Only, Released Between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 1999 by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn L. Nowlan p.348
  • Harry Alan Towers: The Transnational Career of a Cinematic Contrarian by Dave Mann pp.161, 165, 171, 177, 178, 181
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.310 – credits
  • Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer's Guide by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay pp.128-129 – credits, review
  • Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir pp.392-394 – illustrated credits, review