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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vance Kingsley
Laurie Ballard
Kent Kingsley
Nicolas Beauvy ...
Joey Ballard
Tim Donnelly ...
Detective Jamison
Joanne Ballard
Faith McSwain ...
Mrs. Andrews
Marciee Drake ...
Evelyn Guerrero ...
Victoria Perry ...
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Robert Bartlett ...
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Betty Cole ...
Middle Aged Woman
John Hawker ...
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Sgt. Cameron
Alisa Powell ...


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!


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Release Date:

3 March 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Na Senda do Crime  »

Box Office


$185,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Only movie Dennis Donnelly has directed. He also retired from television in 1996. See more »


Both times that Vance carries the supposedly unconscious or dead Debra, when he puts her down she very obviously is gripping his arm or shoulder to prevent herself from falling onto the floor. See more »


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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Referenced in Demon Queen (1987) See more »


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Sung by George Deaton & Terry Stubbs
Music & Lyrics by George Deaton
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Don't believe the hype! Lame "video nasty".
27 September 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

"Banned since 1982" screams the video box. After sitting through an hour and a half of this crud you'll be lining up to have it banned for another twenty years. Not because it's controversial, too violent, or objectionable in any way (except perhaps aesthetically), but simply to save your fellow movie watchers from having to experience this incoherent, pointless mess. And it is a MESS. Badly written, directed and acted, with no redeeming features. And I LIKE horror folks.

The first 20 minutes or so features a series of murders of young women by various items from a toolbox - drill, hammer, nail gun,etc. (why a toolbox you ask? Good question...). The victims are all attractive and seem to share a taste for MOR country music. The killer wears a ski mask and sometimes hums to himself. (Maybe he's a country purist and is offended by their lack of Hank Williams?)

Anyway, after that the movie rapidly gets duller and duller, a girl gets kidnapped, some inept cops investigate the murders and are baffled, even though you'll pick the killer as soon as you see him. B-grade legend Cameron Mitchell hams it up sucking a lollipop and singing spirituals, and the faceless supporting cast are as bad as the stinker of a script. If you haven't seen 'The Toolbox Murders' well, you haven't missed anything much. Not even bad enough to be funny.

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