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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>

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Taglines:

What he does to your nerves is almost as frightening as what he does to his victims! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Budget:

$185,000 (estimated)
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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 version televised on the UK's Zone Horror channel in 2007 was complete and uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Shining (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Pretty Lady
Sung by George Deaton & Terry Stubbs
Music & Lyrics by George Deaton
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The Rodney Dangerfield of Horror films
13 October 2005 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

The great Cameron Mitchell is a masked maniac who kills the inhabitants with nail guns, screwdrivers & hammers, before kidnapping Laurie Ballard, a typical yet innocent 15 year old (played by Pamelyn Ferdin who is such a vegetarian that apparently she didn't even accept meaty roles). I really don't understand the general disdain for this fine grind-house film, especial by horror aficionados. The first 30 minutes are classic bloody grind-house shenanigans, while the rest is fun in a hokey, unintentionally humorous dialog type of way. And there's no doubt that Cameron played great nut cases in his career. Better than Tope Hooper's drab and lifeless 2004 re-make (or re-imagining, rather)

Eye Candy: Marciee Drake gets topless; Kelly Nichols gets fully nude; and extra nudity in the DVD menus & Extras

My Grade: B-

Blue Underground DVD Extras: Commentary with producer Tony Didio, cinematographer Gary Graver and actress Pamelyn Ferdin; an interview with actress Marianne Walter (AKA Kelly Nichols); Poster & still gallery; movie poster reproduction; Cameron Mitchell biography; TV spot; 2 Radio spots; and Theatrical trailer


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