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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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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