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The Toolbox Murders (1978)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  March 1978 (USA)
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Ski-masked maniac kills apartment complex tenants with the contents of a toolbox.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Vance Kingsley
Pamelyn Ferdin ...
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
Don Diamond ...
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Bit by bit..By bit he carved a nightmare!

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Release Date:

March 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Bohrmaschinenkiller  »

Box Office

Budget:

$185,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

A sequel was planned for a 1986 release but never finalized. See more »

Goofs

After Kent kills Vance in the kitchen there is a dish rack to the right of the sink touching the edge, but when Kent washes the bloody doll in the same sink a few seconds later the dish rack is missing (removed to make room for the camera). 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 There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got Everything It Takes to Be a Fool
Sung by George Deaton
Music & Lyrics by George Deaton
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User Reviews

 
Naked and dead.
7 October 2010 | by (Chyby, Poland) – 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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