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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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Nicolas Beauvy ...
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Joanne Ballard
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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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What he does to your nerves is almost as frightening as what he does to his victims! 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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Trivia

Pornographic actress Kelly Nichols got the role of Dee Ann after the first two actresses backed out. See more »

Goofs

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

Featured in Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Carolina in the Morning
Sung by George Deaton
Music & Lyrics by George Deaton
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Naked and dead.
7 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

"The Toolbox Murders" opens with a string of brutal and bloody killings at a small apartment complex in Los Angeles.An unknown assailant wearing a ski mask kills various sexually active and 'lewd' women.The nude murder scene of Marianne Walter with a nail-gun is the most noteworthy and has to be seen to be believed.Unfortunately after four gory and misogynistic murders the film becomes pretty tiresome kidnap/captivity/detective psychodrama.Come on!The first half of "The Toolbox Murders" blew my mind with its sleaze and unflinching violence.The climax is also disappointing and abrupt.The acting is good with excellent central performance of Cameron Mitchell as the Toolbox Slasher.Overall,"The Toolbox Murders" is a solid exploitation sickie.A must-see for fans of "Maniac","Don't Go in the House" or "Born for Hell".8 out of 10.


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