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Director:
Writers:
Neva Friedenn (screenplay) &
Robert Easter (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
March 1978 (USA) See more »
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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:
Are you too much of a Gorehound to enjoy the slow segments? 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)
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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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Runtime:
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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Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When the killer dons a ski mask following the first murder, he puts it on crooked so he's looking out of only one of the two eye holes.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 Chainsaw Sally (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pretty LadySee more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Are you too much of a Gorehound to enjoy the slow segments?, 4 January 2005
Author: brokenlovesongs from United States

The Toolbox Murders starts out with 20 minutes or so of grisly and very well done kill scenes, all of which involve tools. If you like violence, then you'll love the introduction of this film. I personally don't have a preference when it comes to nudity in horror films (since it's overdone and pointless 90% of the time), but if you're a sucker for that sort of thing, then you'll appreciate the introduction to this film for that as well. After the kills are complete, however, many people will be bored by the lack of action that takes place on screen until the final moments of the movie. The middle portion of this movie is a lot of talk with little or no gore. I didn't mind this, because I found the dialog between the killer and the kidnapped girl to be very interesting. "What's it like?" the killer asks, referring to dying. The girl responds that "everything is purple, like a lollipop, and you can't see God, and there are people flying around, and you can see all of their thoughts, and you know the answers to all of their questions, but you can't answer them because nobody can talk." I enjoyed listening to this conversation, and although I'm sure I didn't get it word for word, there is something creative and maybe even worthy in here. Lots of people complain that the acting in this movie is terrible. These people cannot be horror buffs, as I have seen countless other films in which the acting is much MUCH worse. I would go as far to say that the acting in this film is very decent. If you have the attention span to sit through 'slower' moments of this film, then you'll find something to enjoy in it. I give The Toolbox Murders an 8/10.

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