Friday, June 3, 2016

Movie Review: The Mangler Reborn

A decade after the laundry folding machine dubbed The Mangler by the press after a series of killings are blamed on the machine, a new machine is built from the scrapped parts of the original. Unfortunately the builder is eaten by the new machine and then spit back out, requiring him to feed the thing to keep his flesh from decomposing.

Aimee Brooks (Jamie), Reggie Bannister (Rick), Weston Blakesley (Hadley), Scott Speiser (Mike), Juliana Dever (Louise), Sarah Lilly (Beatrice), Renee Dorian (Gwen), Rhett Giles (Sean).

The plot of this film is a nice continuation of the original story, with a nice hungry new machine.  I even got my hopes up seeing Reggie Bannister (from Phantasm fame) on the credits. Sadly, even with a decent plot, this one was disappointing.

It is hard to review this film knowing it was made with no-budget. Almost the entire film takes place inside one house, special effects are mostly blood spatters, and there were only a handful of actors to pay. From that perspective, it was a very good film with decent camera work, sound, acting, and sets.
But from a sequel to a big budget film, this was horrible with sparse sets, unimaginative repetitive sound, poor dialogue, and low budget actors.  From that perspective, this was a disappointment.

Regardless, after the first 15 minutes the film just stopped moving forward and instead repeated itself for the next hour. Even the ending was a complete non-event.

If you are a diehard horror fan, this one has a fair amount of blood, guts, and pretty girls getting killed. You might be somewhat entertained. For those who want a bit more depth, pass on this one and look for something better. 

Plenty of blood, guts, gore, violence and some brief nudity should keep this one out of the DVD player until after preens and below have gone to bed for the night.

Released: 2005
Reviewed: 5.25.16
Star rating: 1 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi Horror

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