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Toolbox Murders (2004)

A historic Hollywood hotel houses a supernatural evil. It's been subdued for decades, but when renovations start, a series of murders take place.

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Tobe Hooper
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Bettis ... Nell Barrows
Brent Roam ... Steven Barrows
Marco Rodríguez ... Luis Saucedo (as Marco Rodriguez)
Rance Howard ... Chas Rooker
Juliet Landau ... Julia Cunningham
Adam Gierasch ... Ned Lundy
Greg Travis ... Byron McLieb
Christopher Doyle ... Coffin Baby (as Chris Doyle)
Adam Weisman ... Austin Sterling
Christina Venuti ... Jennifer
Sara Downing ... Saffron Kirby
Jamison Reeves ... Hudson
Stephanie Silverman Stephanie Silverman ... Dora Sterling
Alan Polonsky Alan Polonsky ... Philip Sterling (as Allan Polonsky)
Charlie Paulson Charlie Paulson ... Hans
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Storyline

In Hollywood, the young teacher Nell and her husband, the resident Steven Barrows, move to an old building called Lusman Arms. Some sixty years ago, the place was glamorous, but presently is completely decadent. Many dwellers have disappeared along the years. While her husband is working in the hospital, the lonely Nell hears some weird noises and becomes afraid of the place. While jogging, she is introduced to (and becomes close to) her neighbor Julia Cunningham, and they schedule a hike together on the next day. Julia never shows up, and Nell looks for her in the building, finding a hiding block behind the wall, where an evil being, which was born from death, lives with many dead bodies. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2004 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$187,910
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only film Sheri Moon Zombie appeared in that was not directed by her husband. She did this film out of a personal favor due to Rob Zombie and Tobe Hooper being friends (as she has stated before that she will never be in a movie or project that is not directed by her husband as she had no desire to be an actress before). See more »

Goofs

A box of detergent appears and disappears from a washing machine between shots. See more »

Quotes

Nell Barrows: Were you aiming for Dante's Third or Fourth Circle of Hell?
Steven Barrows: It was just bad timing.
Nell Barrows: Honey, "bad timing" is arriving late for dinner. This is fire-bombing the restaurant.
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Crazy Credits

Every years thousands of people come to Hollywood to pursue their dreams. Some succeed. Some move back home... And some just disappear. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US release was heavily censored to get an "R" rating rather than an "NC-17". The following scenes were edited:
  • The "drill kill" of the girl in the apartment was about 20-30 seconds longer, showing much more blood fly out of the back of her head, and the drill going all the way through her mouth. After the killer retracts the drill, he then begins drilling again into her head. Also, this scene is well-lit as opposed to the darkened version in the "R" rated cut.
  • The man getting his head sawed in half; this scene was much longer. More blood and grue flies out as the killer saws, and the aftermath of the top half of the man's head being ripped off was shown, and the camera lingers longer on it when it hits the ground.
  • The man being strapped to the table and killed was a bit longer. There were more hits with the hammer, more screams from the man, and a better view of the powder being poured on his head. A more grisly after-view of the man's lye-laden head was present afterward.
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References The Tenant (1976) See more »

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California (Back To Hell)
by Shithead
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It was what it was...
16 December 2015 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

I will start with saying that I am usually quite anti-remake, but this 2004 version of "The Toolbox Murders" was adequate. Tobe Hooper managed to capture the late 1970s essence and transcribe it to a modern version.

While "The Toolbox Murders" is not a horror masterpiece, then it is still entertaining enough for what it was. What worked for me was the pseudo-supernatural element of the story. As for scares and such, then the movie is a most other slasher movies.

The movie was predictable, yes. But then again, so are many slasher/horror movies. The story was adequately paced, although there were actually many deaths throughout the entire movie.

It was essentially the cast that saved the movie, in particular Angela Bettis.

This isn't Tobe Hooper's best movie, not by a long shot.

"The Toolbox Murders" isn't particularly outstanding amidst the countless movies in the horror genre, and as such I am rating it a mere five out of ten stars. This is the type of movie you Watch once, then put the movie away with a very unlikely'chance of ever watching it again.


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