You pretty much have to be bored to watch the [u]Mangler 2[/u]. Well, at least watch the whole thing. I only give it a "3" because of the many [b]TRULY awful[/b] movies that I've seen before (for example, [u]Feeders[/u]. No, do NOT go watch that one. Seriously.). This is really, really generous.
Some say that Lance Henriksen is the kiss of death for a mid-to-low budget movie.... that may be a bit rough on a guy who livened up [u]Aliens[/u] considerably. In fact, he doesn't get a huge amount of screen time, probably because this movie could not even afford the poor-man's Christopher Walken for more than about 15 minutes of screen time. SIGH.
If you are a computer-savvy sort of person, you'll be even more appalled by this movie than the typical viewer (that is [b][i]extremely appalled[/i][/b], most likely). It suffers from an extreme case of the [b]Hollywood Computer Interface Syndrome[/b] (i.e., rotating skulls behind "Virus Program Downloaded", talking wireframe heads describing the hacker ware to be downloaded, and so forth until you're actually ACHING for a normal BSOD).
The protagonist is a gothy whiny hacker "babe". I say "babe" because she is really "made-for-TV cute" rather than "actual cute." Somehow her face manages to look both flat and puffy, like a skinny white Margaret Cho or something... it's really quite fascinatingly weird.
The female supporting lead is pretty cute but cannot act. Although they give her EVERY opportunity possible to bobble her goodies without resorting to actual porn.
There are so many other horrible things going on. The sarcastic French chef who never once approaches a decent French accent... the complete lack of connection to the original [u]Mangler[/u] movie... the ability for a computer to make wires animate and attack people... and yet they actually talk in an educated manner about the Mandelbrot fractal. WTF?
If you enjoyed [u]Carrie 2[/u] you might enjoy this, it would not surprise me one bit to find out many of the same scriptwriters / directors / goons put this together. However, I am fairly certain that Stephen King did not approach within a 1,000 mile radius of the [u]Mangler 2[/u]. Too bad. Even when King fails, he fails entertainingly (see [u]Maximum Overdrive[/u]).
[b]Worst moment[/b]: computer-zombified Lance Henriksen quoting the Spice Girls... I felt somehow spiritually violated at that moment.
In conclusion, I'm fairly sure that watching this movie actually damaged my brain. Take that warning as you will.