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The Toolbox Murders (1978)

A ski-masked maniac kills apartment complex tenants with the contents of a toolbox.

Director:

Dennis Donnelly

Writers:

Neva Friedenn (screenplay), Robert Easter (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Mitchell ... Vance Kingsley
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Laurie Ballard
Wesley Eure ... Kent Kingsley
Nicolas Beauvy Nicolas Beauvy ... Joey Ballard
Tim Donnelly ... Detective Jamison
Aneta Corsaut ... Joanne Ballard
Faith McSwain ... Mrs. Andrews
Marciee Drake ... Debbie
Evelyn Guerrero Evelyn Guerrero ... Maria
Victoria Perry Victoria Perry ... Woman in Apartment
Robert Bartlett Robert Bartlett ... Man in Apartment
Betty Cole Betty Cole ... Middle Aged Woman
John Hawker John Hawker ... Middle Aged Man
Don Diamond ... Sgt. Cameron
Alisa Powell 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

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Bit by bit..By bit he carved a nightmare! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Na Senda do Crime See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$185,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Only movie directed by Dennis Donnelly. See more »

Goofs

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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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by around 6 minutes by the BBFC to remove a bathtub masturbation sequence and to heavily edit the murder scenes and shots of bloody bodies, and the film later ended up on the DPP 72 list of banned video nasties. In 2000 the film was finally released in the UK and was cut by 1 min 46 secs, with edits being made to a scene of a naked girl being chased and killed with a nail gun. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Body Double (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
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Traditional
Sung by Cameron Mitchell
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Violent 70's pic.
20 June 2005 | by Ky-DSee all my reviews

Much decried 70's gore/sexploitation flick, most often noted only as a misogynistic opus, does (in fact) actually have some interesting views on the psychology of loss and dementia.

At a Californian apartment complex, one dark night a masked intruder stalks the building and violently murders several of the female tenants. While the police struggle for clues, the killer strikes again, only this time kidnapping an adolescent girl. Time is running out for her brother and his friend to find her.

Though usually labeled a slasher, it is only in part. After the lengthy opening murder spree, the film settles down into something more like an Italian giallo feature, with the police following red-hearings and the violence (while still very brutal) comes in mostly quick bursts.

A note on the violence; yes, it is very bloody and yes, it is almost exclusively targeted at women. The murders also take on a sexual nature in that a couple of the girls are done-in while in partial or full undress; on one occasion, the killer waits until a girl has finished masturbation before doing his thing.

It isn't until the final 3rd of the film that is begins to develop into something more than cheap exploitation. After the killer's identity is revealed (which is desperately easy to guess) there is a series of interesting conversations between the killer and the kidnapped girl that reveal a lot of back story for the killer and even generate a little (and I do mean little) sympathy. A few plot twist come up and it all concludes on a very down beat note.

Given the films dark and graphic nature, both in terms of visuals and subject matter, it's hard to recommend this to most viewers; genre fans only, please.

6/10


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