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Power is energy. Power is motivation. Power is what holds things together when they would rather fly apart!
~ Mr. Bill Gartley.

William "Bill" Gartley is the central antagonist of Tobe Hooper's 1995 horror film The Mangler based on Stephen King’s short story of the same name which is part of the 1978 short-story-collection Night Shift.

The film stars Robert Englund, who played Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, the title character in the 1989 film adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera, Lucifer in Married with Children, the Riddler in the animated series The Batman, and Anti-Pops in Regular Show.


Bill Gartley is the malevolent owner of the "Blue Ribbon Laundry Factory" within the seemingly idyllic New England town of Riker's Valley in Maine which he rules with an iron fist and cruel discipline.

Day after day, his female employees have to struggle in the gloomy hall, watched by Gartley, who hobbles up and down with his horrible medical leg-braces on an iron bridge above them and constantly urges them to work faster.

When his niece Sherry, who also works in the laundry, accidently hurts herself and a few drops of her blood get inside the huge "Mangler", the speed ironer machine seems to go crazy and shortly after Mrs. Frawley, the foreman is crushed dead by the huge plating-rollers.

Very much to Gartley's annoyance, persistent detective John Hunton investigates the alleged accident and starts to put his nose in matters that are none of his business. For example, years ago, Gartley's own daughter died in a nearly identical incident and the gruesome laundry-owner himself was badly wounded. But still he vehemently refuses to exchange the old machine for a more powerful and much safer model.

Gartley, using his wealth and influence in the Riker's Valley city council, manages that Hunten gets suspended from his duties. But he does some research on his own and discovers that the monstrous machine is in fact, possessed by some kind of evil spirit or demon.

Once Bill Gartley made a pact with the entity and sacrificed his daughter's life in exchange for wealth and power, as did the other town-community-leaders, such as the local judge and the reverend. They all have sacrificed their sixteen year-old virgin daughters. To seal the deal each one of them also had to slice-off one of their fingers. While Hunton and his good friend Mark, an enthusiastic researcher of the occult, prepare an exorcism to banish the blood-hungry creature, Gartley plans to sacrifice his innocent sixteen years old niece Sherry to the devilish "Mangler" to renew his pact and amass even more power and wealth.

During the final confrontation in the huge laundry-hall, Gartley tries to push Hunton between the Mangler's massive ironing-rollers, but in the end he himself becomes a victim of the monstrous machine. At the folding-station, he is mercilessly squeezed to death.


Bill Gartley is an old man, heavily ravaged by malice and ferocity, with thin, white, back-combed hair. His left eye is blind, which he more or less hides behind a smoked eyeglass. There is a tracheostomy-tube implanted to his throat from which a big scar runs up to his neck. He also is reliant to crutches and chromed medical leg-braces are attached to his legs.

His frightening and bizarre look is even more accentuated by his dark pinstriped-suit and his blood-red ascot-tie. He always keeps his hands covered by black leather gloves.


My Power has nothing to do with money! Power is energy, power is motivation, power is what holds things together, when we eve fly apart!
~ Bill Gartley
We all have to make sacrifices.
~ Bill Gartley
The only thing worse than the devil within, is the devil without.
~ Bill Gartley
Ha ha ha! My power has nothing to do with money.
~ Mr. Bill Gartley
It's a complex world out there, sporty. Many things you do not understand. But... understand this. There's a little bit of me in that machine and a little bit of it in me.
~ Mr. Bill Gartley about the Mangler and himself.
We are the lifeblood of this town.
~ Mr. Bill Gartley about himself and his fellow tainted local Riker's Vallery citizens (due to their near-fatal encounter and secret pact with the Mangler).



  • The part of Bill Gartley was specially tailored to Robert Englund. Even though Gartley is only mentioned in the short story without appearing in-persona at all, the character was built up to be the film’s main antagonist beside of the haunted machine.
  • During his first entrance, J. J. J. Pictureman, the crime scene photographer (portrayed by Jeremy Crutchley) wears a crumpled brown hat and a red-and-green-stripped scarf, which is a clear reference to another infamous New Line Cinema horror movie villain Freddy Krueger.


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