Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Castle Rock Cash In - The Mangler Reborn

Of all the Stephen King adaptations to get a trilogy, I certainly never thought The Mangler would qualify as one of them.

My review of the first film is here, and Noel's review of the first sequel is here.

This is a pretty typical setup for a horror movie - cursed object turns someone into a serial killer - but the use of the Mr. Fixit handyman who turns on the people letting him into their homes is mildly compelling. In fact, one could almost consider this a loose, alternate adaptation of King's short story "The Lawnmower Man" in that, while they obviously can't make its specific scenario a scene here as those rights are owned elsewhere, it has the same air of an everyday stranger doing work on our homes who suddenly takes a turn to the nasty. 
Sadly, most of the film doesn't make use of this setup.

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