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The Toolbox Murders (1978)

A ski-masked maniac kills apartment complex tenants with the contents of a toolbox.

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Vance Kingsley
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Laurie Ballard
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Kent Kingsley
Nicolas Beauvy ...
Joey Ballard
Tim Donnelly ...
Detective Jamison
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Joanne Ballard
Faith McSwain ...
Mrs. Andrews
Marciee Drake ...
Debbie
Evelyn Guerrero ...
Maria
Victoria Perry ...
Woman in Apartment
Robert Bartlett ...
Man in Apartment
Betty Cole ...
Middle Aged Woman
John Hawker ...
Middle Aged Man
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Sgt. Cameron
Alisa Powell ...
Girlfriend
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Storyline

A lunatic runs around an apartment complex, apparently home only to attractive flight attendants with a tendency towards exhibitionism. While there, the lunatic tries to kill all the tenants with the contents of a toolbox. Based (probably quite loosely) on a true story. Written by Chris Holland <stomptokyo@aol.com>

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Bit by bit..By bit he carved a nightmare! See more »


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3 March 1978 (USA)  »

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Na Senda do Crime  »

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$185,000 (estimated)
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Only movie Dennis Donnelly has directed. He also retired from television in 1996. See more »

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In the scene where we first see Laurie Ballard tied up in the bed and Vance enters the room, the shadow of a boom mic is clearly visible on the wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

Joey Ballard: I'll be home for dinner. What are you fixin'?
Laurie Ballard: Ah! La specialty of the house; chicken à la TV dinners.
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Connections

Referenced in The Nail Gun Massacre (1985) See more »

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I've Got Everything It Takes to Be a Fool
Sung by George Deaton
Music & Lyrics by George Deaton
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Gnarly, twisted exploitation great.
11 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I gotta say I really enjoyed The Toolbox Murders. Its a movie that doesn't quite do what you expect, but wrongfoots you nicely and keeps you gripped right up till a classic twisted finale, which takes this to the realms of awesomeness. As other reviewers will tell you this film starts with a flurry of murders and then slows down, something which has put off many, but I actually thought the murders weren't great (apart from one). See, the sequences have an appropriate amount of mean spirit and suspense about them, but when it gets to the crunch each time, the film is shot such a way as to appear edited, slightly grisly but only affording brief glimpses, which is a bit disappointing. Having said that, one is an absolutely sleazy gem involving a nailgun so it isn't too bad. Once the film slows down it becomes more of a character piece, with some decent performances including sweet and innocent Pamelyn Ferdin, off centre Wesley Eure and, on very fine form, Cameron Mitchell. He gives a performance of sufficient low key gripping intensity that the film is a nervous treat whenever he is on screen. Dennis Donnelly's direction, though not so tight on the gore creates a real feeling of twisted foreboding throughout and the film has a great sickly 70's look to it, oddly atmospheric. This is, for me a pretty great film. I naturally love these sorts of movies and though The Toolbox Murders has more of a reputation for grue than it deserves, and isn't one of the nastier Video Nasties I would still highly recommend it to fans of freakish cult classics.


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