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Director:
Writers:
Neva Friedenn (screenplay) &
Robert Easter (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
March 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Bit by bit..By bit he carved a nightmare!
Plot:
Ski-masked maniac kills apartment complex tenants with the contents of a toolbox. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Gnarly, twisted exploitation great. See more (57 total) »

Cast

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Cameron Mitchell ... Vance Kingsley
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Laurie Ballard

Wesley Eure ... Kent Kingsley
Nicolas Beauvy ... Joey Ballard
Tim Donnelly ... Detective Jamison

Aneta Corsaut ... 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
Kelly Nichols ... Dee Ann (as Marianne Walter)
Robert Forward ... Screamer Man
Kathleen O'Malley ... Screamer Woman
Gil Galvano ... Man
James Nolan ... Bartender
George Deaton ... Preacher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dennis Donnelly ... Bar Patron at Table (uncredited)
Robert Leh ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Dennis Donnelly 
 
Writing credits
Neva Friedenn (screenplay) &
Robert Easter (screenplay) and
Ann Kindberg (screenplay)

Robert Easter  story

Produced by
Tony DiDio .... producer
Jack Kindberg .... associate producer
Kenneth Yates .... associate producer (as Kenneth A. Yates)
 
Original Music by
George Deaton 
 
Cinematography by
Gary Graver (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Nunzio Darpino 
Skip Lusk (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
D.J. Bruno 
 
Set Decoration by
Leamon Adams 
 
Makeup Department
Edward Ternes .... makeup artist (as Ed Ternes)
 
Production Management
Ann Kindberg .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ann Kindberg .... assistant director
Gary LaPoten .... second assistant director (as Gary M. Lapoten)
 
Art Department
Frank Armas .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Bob Dietz .... sound mixer (as Robert Dietz)
Beau Franklin .... boom operator
Ron Moler .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Clark .... electrician
Catherine E. Coulson .... second assistant camera (as Catherine Coulson)
Hedy Dietz .... still photographer
Michael Ferris .... assistant camera
Gary Strange .... key grip
R. Michael Stringer .... gaffer (as Michael Stringer)
R. Michael Stringer .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michele Logan .... wardrobe supervisor (as Michelle Logan)
 
Editorial Department
Mario S. Anthony .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Walt Cunningham .... music arranger: keyboards
Zeke Dawson .... music arranger: strings
George Deaton .... conductor
Frank Evans .... music engineer
Frank Evans .... music mixer
 
Transportation Department
Charles Franchimone .... driver
Thomas A. Gordon .... driver (as Tom Gordon)
 
Other crew
Tony Didio Jr. .... production assistant
Maria Dillon .... production secretary (as Maria C. Dillon)
Nancy Hansen .... script supervisor
Patty Koehnen .... production assistant
Jim Magglos .... bookkeeper
Ann McDonald .... production assistant (as Anne McDonald)
 

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93 min
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Certification:
Australia:Refused Classification | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2006) | Norway:18 (2004) | Norway:(Banned) (1978-2003) | Sweden:18 (video rating) | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (2000) (cut) | USA:R

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Trivia:
A sequel was planned for a 1986 release but never finalized.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Driller Killer (1979)See more »
Soundtrack:
Carolina in the MorningSee more »

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Is the movie The Toolbox Murders based on fact?
What are the differences between the censored British BBFC 18 Version and the R-Rated Version?
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Gnarly, twisted exploitation great., 11 October 2008
Author: t-birkhead from United Kingdom

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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