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


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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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2004 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

The Toolbox Murders See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At the very beginning of the movie, a minor character buys two packs of smokes and the register says $3.50. In 2004, they would have been much more expensive. See more »

Quotes

Chas Rooker: Separation between life and death is not the same for him. He was a coffin birth, fighting his way out of his mother's womb as she laid in her casket. The mourners heard his cries, pulled him out. He was born of death.
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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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Connections

References The Tenant (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

California (Back To Hell)
by Shithead
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Uneven horror movie
14 October 2005 | by VeronaSee all my reviews

I like bad horror movies. But at the end of this film I was left with a "huh?" resounding in my brain. Just unanswered questions:

1.) The old guy, Charlie (?). How did he know about the killer? Why was he allowed to live?

2.) The killer- okay so he "clawed his way" out of his mother's body. Then what? He was in a fire? He drank Ponce de Leon's fountain of youth juice? Whats with the face and the homicidal tendencies?

3.) Why was Ned and Byron allowed to live so long?

4.) Did Saffron eventually die, nailed to the ceiling? Or was she finished off later on?

5.) If there was no apartment 4 on any floor, why did they make their attempts to "hide" that so obvious? Why not just make the former #5 apartments #4's?

6.) Why doesn't Angela Bettis eat?

I just wish we had more of an understanding of the killer, instead of some quickly thrown in nonsense about a "pagan" spell (and once again spreading the negative stereotype of the pentagram). And what did the symbols have to do with anything? It seemed that she was following a map, but it looked to me like she was just finding the symbols and looking at them.


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