The Mangler 2
|The Mangler 2|
|Directed by||Michael Hamilton-Wright|
|Produced by||Barry Barnholtz
|Written by||Michael Hamilton-Wright|
|Starring||Lance Henriksen (as Lance Henricksen)
Chef Lecours (as Phillipe Bergeron)
|Music by||Ferocious Le Fonque|
|Editing by||Anthony A. Lewis|
|Studio||Banana Brothers Entertainment Inc.
|Running time||97 min.|
The Mangler 2 is a 2001 direct-to-video sequel to the 1995 film The Mangler. It features Lance Henriksen and Chelse Swain. It abandons the original's premise of an industrial laundry machine possessed by a murderous demon, replacing it with a murderous, sentient computer virus taking over a school. No explanation is given as to how the two films are actually related.
The Mangler 2 takes place at an upper class boarding school.
Joanne 'Jo' Newton, a girl desperate for attention from her workaholic father, ends up going to an upper class private boarding school after a break in at her dad's computer company. The school is getting ready to install a new security system. Jo and several others students are to remain behind while the others leave for Spring Break, as punishment from the school's Dean, Headmaster Bradeen (Lance Henriksen). However, Jo, with her knowledge of computers, has hacked into the school's mainframe and unleashed a super virus called "Mangler 2.0" in the security system.
But what nobody knows is that this virus literally has a mind of its own, and it controls everything around the school. At first, everybody thinks it is a blessing, but when the virus starts killing everyone in sight, the remaining students and staff attempt to escape from the building, which proves very difficult, as the virus is watching their every move. Unfortunately, Jo's friend, Bradeen, has been captured by one of the computers, with wires being planted into his head. The virus controls his movements, and turns him into a walking computer. With Bradeen at the virus' bidding, he is forced to go after the students.
Jo finally confronts the monster she unleashed which is now in the school's basement. Jo tricks the virus by distracting Bradeen with a non-violent program on creating new lives, featuring snowflakes. Then, she stabs him and pushes him against the supercomputer that he now no longer controls. The virus himself is destroyed as Bradeen dies. Jo managed to end the carnage and escape with her bodyguard Paul, the chef, and her father.
Jo later went on Spring Break in Europe. The camera shows her getting a call from her father. After her phone call ends, a strange and familiar message appeared on the screen of Jo's cellphone saying "you've been mangled", which means that the virus is still alive.
The Mangler 2 received very negative reviews from critics and fans alike. It was criticized for its plot (which some see as being similar to that of The Lawnmower Man), the acting (with the exception of Henriksen's) and how it bore no relation whatsoever to the first film. AllMovie wrote, "Hardly a sequel to the Tobe Hooper version, [...] which wasn't all that good in the first place, The Mangler 2 showcases nothing but teen-horror genre shortcomings".