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Toolbox Murders (2004)

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A historic Hollywood hotel houses a supernatural evil. It's been subdued for decades - but when renovations start, a series of murders take place. It's up to our heroine to solve the mystery.

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Nell and her husband Steven are looking for a business, as well as a home, when they come across the Lusman Arms apartment block. They move in and begin renovating the building, in which a series of weird killings begin to take place. When she finally discovers the supernatural evil behind it all, she gets more than she bargained for! Written by Leatherface15

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If you lived here, you'd be dead by now. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence and gore, language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Lucky McKee was originally set to play the part of the killer, but dropped out to work on his own horror film The Woods (2006). See more »

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When Nell is writing the note to Julia the sound of the pencil on the paper mismatches the action. See more »

Quotes

Luis Saucedo: Here you go, catch.
[tosses water bottle to Julia]
Julia Cunningham: You're a lifesaver.
Luis Saucedo: Hey, it's a full-time job with you, isn't it? All this huffin' and puffin' and runnin' around in circles to get back to where you started.
Julia Cunningham: One of these days I'm gonna get you to come with me.
Luis Saucedo: Oh no, I'm a stand-in-one-place kinda guy.
Julia Cunningham: It's working
[does a spin]
Luis Saucedo: Oooh Yeah!
Julia Cunningham: Night Louis.
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Every years thousands of people come to Hollywood to pursue their dreams. Some succeed. Some move back home... And some just disappear. See more »

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Remake of The Toolbox Murders (1978) See more »

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Hooper's best in a long long time
30 December 2005 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

It's hard to believe that the man who 30 years ago gave us what is probably the best horror movie ever done, the powerful Texas Chain Saw Massacre, went through 30 years of movies with mixed results. Fortunately, Tobe Hooper returns with a decent movie that finally manages to live up to the enormous fame of his legendary debut.

Reimagining an obscure 70s movie, Hooper sets his story in present day Hollywood, where a young married couple moves to the Lusman, an old building. Angela Bettis, the actress who surprised the world in "May", stars as Nell, who is not happy with his husband choice of moving to the Lusman. She'll find a contrived plot and gory killings as Julia, her neighbor and new friend suddenly disappears without a trace.

Bettis carries the film with grace, and power. This young woman definitely has a bright future in films. While the rest of the cast is average in their performance, Hooper's direction is the star as he turns the building into another character. The locations are awesome and the atmosphere Hooper uses is very creepy and filled with tension.

The movie flows well as a mixture of a "whodunit" mystery and a gory slasher. The gore is an important factor here, and it is well delivered. Probably he is not a great director, but Hooper knows how to pull up great murder scenes from his actors.

The flaws of the movie lay in the script, it is filled with enough plot holes to be a problem. Fortunately, it's creepy atmosphere and the high tension it creates almost make up for this big flaw, although it is still noticeable.

Tobe Hooper may be an uneven director who had a very lucky debut with "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", but here he gives us a very entertaining movie that really makes up for the 30 years of average movies he did. A very pleasant surprise. 7/10


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