Feature Films That Involve Direct/Implied Use of Wood Chipper?
May 9, 2014 8:39 PM   Subscribe

Please list for me feature films that involve wood chippers (or similar motorized mangling device like industrial meat grinders, salvage yard shredders, etc), whether directly shown or implied use of them for any reason including the ordinary.

When I was really little once, I walked in on my dad watching a TV show about a meat processing plant that had a kind of spinning mangling device (like an industrial motor-driven version of the common butcher's hand-crank meatgrinder that meat is fed into and comes out stringy). It seemed like a documentary by my recollection of how the scenes were cut, but I'm not sure. Anyway.

In one scene, one of the plant workers stood behind the vertical opening of the machine so that the shot only captured the top part of the man obscured by the level-edge of the opening, and the man did the classic walking-down-stairs routine except lowered himself behind the opening as if being churned up by the machine, at which my dad laughed.

I ran to my room screaming in horror and cried for days on end at the thought that such a thing might be used by mean people to torture people like that, and then was compounded by the idea that my dad could be tortured in such a way, also compounded that my dad thought it was funny is if my dad could be someone who would do that and be entertained by such things.

Anyway, I have had a very intense aversion toward anything of that nature like wood chippers and the scrap yard shredder thing in Superman 3, assuming such a device is real. Could you list movies that contain these elements or even implied use of them, even when used for ordinary purposes, so that I may at least not get caught off guard, if not avoid them entirely?

For example of implied use, there was a martial arts film (Jackie Chan, I think) that involved some gang/club members arriving with heavy-laden trash bags, claiming that some bully put their friend through a wood chipper and made them take the remains in bags back to the shown location as a warning. I have heard that Fargo uses one, and I have never seen it specifically for that reason.

Just the title/year should suffice, and not limited to American films or wide-release per se.. I have not witnessed much trolling on AskMefi so I would ply that someone would have the heart not to describe the context in which they are used, although I realize that is a prime trolling opportunity =P

I suppose the list could be used in reverse for someone who likes these kinds of horror films to find new material to watch, and no disrespect to those who like this kind of thing. Use your knowledge of torture films for good toward me -__-
posted by Quarter Pincher to Media & Arts (31 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Dale and Tucker vs evil
posted by jpdoane at 8:47 PM on May 9, 2014 [5 favorites]

I can only imagine that The Manger (1995) and its sequels rely heavily on this since they're ostensibly based on the Stephen King short story of the same name about ... well, anyway. Skip anything titled The Mangler is what I'm sayin.
posted by komara at 8:55 PM on May 9, 2014

The Jackie Chan movie is "Rumble in the Bronx," 1995.

The second Timothy Dalton-Era James Bond movie, 1989's "Licence to Kill" [sic]

One of my nightmare fuels is the scene in Superman 3 where the machine captures and assimilates that woman, turning her into a cyborg monster. I watched the scene again a couple years ago and found it utterly harmless, thanks to comparatively cheese effects. But I've got a vivid memory of my discomfort that Sunday afternoon, so I'm empathetic.

"The Mechanic" 2011.

TV: First season of Banshee. (2012-2013)
posted by Sunburnt at 8:56 PM on May 9, 2014

In addition to the ones listed above, I found a list of "woodchipper movies" but since it contains screen caps I'll just list them here:

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Universal Soldier (1992)
Winter's Bone (2010)
FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
Friday the 13th (2009)
Meet the Parents (2000)
The Tooth Fairy (2006)
posted by Room 641-A at 9:03 PM on May 9, 2014

Art-film Entropia (1996): no living creatures involved, and everything unshreds (that is, it's running backwards).

Arme Riddere (English title: "Jackpot"), a Norwegian film from 2011.

The Machinist (2004)
posted by Sunburnt at 9:12 PM on May 9, 2014

Not a feature film, but if you're a Whovian, avoid the Fourth Doctor serial "Seeds of Doom".
posted by immlass at 9:23 PM on May 9, 2014

Yes. Fargo (1996) has a really, ah, vivid and explicit wood chipper scene at the end of the film. Avoid at all costs.
posted by spinifex23 at 9:39 PM on May 9, 2014 [4 favorites]

Oh yeah, another Bond movie: Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997.
posted by Sunburnt at 9:57 PM on May 9, 2014

Not a movie, but The Simpsons - Treehouse of Horror V. The scene in question is a reference to Pink Floyd – The Wall.
posted by hydrophonic at 9:57 PM on May 9, 2014

The Chip/Tuck episode of CSI: Miami.
posted by The otter lady at 10:00 PM on May 9, 2014

Here are movies tagged on IMDB for woodchipper, meat grinder, grinder, and shredder.
posted by hydrophonic at 10:06 PM on May 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

Search tv-tropes for woodchipper & it gives you a lot to click at.
posted by ouke at 10:12 PM on May 9, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is tagged Shredder because that's the name of the main antagonist, but it never gets to that level of brutality so far as I recall.
posted by Sunburnt at 10:20 PM on May 9, 2014

Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (in all incarnations it features meat grinding apparatus, implied or explicit).
posted by po at 1:00 AM on May 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

The Austrian film Der Knochenmann (The Bone Man, in English) is definitely one to avoid. It's based on a book by Wolf Haas, which I haven't read but guess would also be unpleasant reading for you.
posted by daisyk at 2:21 AM on May 10, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is tagged Shredder because that's the name of the main antagonist, but it never gets to that level of brutality so far as I recall.

He ends up in a garbage truck and someone "accidentally" turns on the compactor. I'm sure he's unconscious by then, and you just see a bit of his helmet, so I don't think it'd trigger any claustrophobic episodes or anything like that?
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 2:58 AM on May 10, 2014

It's not a feature film, but there's an episode of Friends (season 3, episode 10, The One Where Rachel Quits) where Joey is selling Christmas trees, and Phoebe is horrified to witness the unsold trees getting put through the woodchipper.
posted by Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo at 2:58 AM on May 10, 2014

Maybe surprising for a Disney film to show up on this list, but Toy Story 3 features a rather intense scene with a trash grinder thingy. No one actually gets ground up, but it's a near thing.
posted by Rock Steady at 3:29 AM on May 10, 2014

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Surprised this one hasn't come up.
posted by bfranklin at 5:17 AM on May 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

Prime Cut has implied meat grinder use if I remember correctly.
posted by dortmunder at 5:19 AM on May 10, 2014

The Exterminator (1980) was somewhat infamous in the early eighties for trying to out-vigilante Charles Bronson's Death Wish movies.
posted by effbot at 5:25 AM on May 10, 2014

Confirming implied meat grinder in Prime Cut. It also has a scene where characters are menaced by the blades of an improbably-strong combine. (Plus a completely batshit portrayal of sex-slavery. And a guy named Weenie who is almost constantly eating plain hot-dogs, regardless or where he is or what's going on. And Gene Hackman's character is named Mary Ann. I need to rewatch this.)
posted by paper chromatographologist at 5:56 AM on May 10, 2014

Nothing But Trouble (1991) shreds drug dealers in a chipper at the end of a roller coaster, and attempts are made to do the same with the protagonists.

You'll not want to see this movie for many other reasons though.
posted by tomierna at 8:19 AM on May 10, 2014

Malcolm in the Middle: Season 1, Episode 4
Shame (6 Feb. 2000)
posted by CathyG at 8:53 AM on May 10, 2014

Fast Food Nation. A worker falls in an industrial machine in a slaughterhouse and gets his leg mangled. Wilmer Valderrama's character gets hurt trying to save him.
posted by Rob Rockets at 10:48 AM on May 10, 2014

There's an episode of Criss Angel's Mind Freak where the featured stunt concerns surviving a pass through an industrial wood chipper. The special effects are gruesome.
posted by carmicha at 11:39 AM on May 10, 2014

(Guys, the OP asked us not to give details about the woodchipper incidents, just title and year. Please don't give them nightmares!)
posted by daisyk at 2:23 PM on May 10, 2014

So to lighten things up, how about viral classic guy goes through hay baling machine? (ends well, only scary if you're afraid of naked guys.)
posted by effbot at 7:08 PM on May 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

Kick-Ass (2010) has a rather graphic car-crusher scene. 

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) has a wood-chipper scene, among other things.

Nothing But Trouble (1991) as mentioned above, has Mister Bonestripper.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 2:15 AM on May 11, 2014

30 Days of Night (2007).
posted by Mister Moofoo at 2:28 AM on May 11, 2014

Response by poster: Thanks to all who have answered -- I don't have any way to confirm (per se) that the question has been answered, so I haven't marked any as answered, but I do greatly thank you all for your help.
posted by Quarter Pincher at 1:16 PM on June 27, 2014

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