Top 30 Stephen King Movies, Ranked

From haunted hotels to prison-yard blues, 'Carrie' to 'Christine' – the major adaptations of the iconic author's work, from worst to best

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'The Mangler' (1995)
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Robert Englund, Lisa Morris, Vanessa Pike (lying down) Everett Collection29/30

29. 'The Mangler' (1995)

Ok, so maybe the Night Shift short story about a killer industry-press laundry machine wasn't top-notch source material for a feature – but you've got the director behind the best TV adaptation of a Stephen King novel (Salem's Lot), armed with two genuine horror-movie icons. What could possibly go wrong? (Who answered "almost everything"? Your prize is in the mail.) From the moment a worker drips blood into a machine in a factory scene straight out of a hair-metal video circa 1983 or a community-college production of Metropolis – take your pick – you get the feeling that things may be heading downhill and quick. Then Robert "Freddy Krueger" Englund does a weird-as-shit dance, Ted Levine inexplicably has a fridge dropped on him and a New Age-ish hippie casually asks, "Have you considered the possibility that the machine may be haunted?" ... and all bets are off. Tobe Hooper gave the world The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, so he gets a lifetime pass. But let's just agree that this isn't his, or anyone's, finest moment. DF

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