Ted Levine battles a demonic industrial cloth folding machine.
Tobe Hooper's The Mangler is a surrealist satire about the evils of sweatshop capitalism with Robert Englund as a Dr Strangelove-like industrialist who literally sacrifices his workforce to the profit margin. The mangler of the title is a magnificent 19th Century monster that folds. steams and crushes its victims like a malevolent cross between a Corby Trouser Press and a steam train. The film owes little to the short story by Stephen King, but is pretty entertaining and a lot of fun if you can accept the inherent ridiculous nature of the basic story. The gore effects are wonderfully grotesque and, in the case of Englund's demise, really quite spectacular.
It depends what you want. If you go into The Mangler expecting Stephen King you will be disappointed. The short story was never going to work as straight horror. But if you go into it open minded you might find a strange and endearingly bizarre Gothic comedy. Anyway. I like it even if no one else does.
The picture quality of the DVD is fuzzy and a bit drained looking.