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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

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 »

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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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 Chainsaw Sally (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Pretty Lady
Sung by George Deaton & Terry Stubbs
Music & Lyrics by George Deaton
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Are you too much of a Gorehound to enjoy the slow segments?
4 January 2005 | by brokenlovesongsSee all my reviews

The Toolbox Murders starts out with 20 minutes or so of grisly and very well done kill scenes, all of which involve tools. If you like violence, then you'll love the introduction of this film. I personally don't have a preference when it comes to nudity in horror films (since it's overdone and pointless 90% of the time), but if you're a sucker for that sort of thing, then you'll appreciate the introduction to this film for that as well. After the kills are complete, however, many people will be bored by the lack of action that takes place on screen until the final moments of the movie. The middle portion of this movie is a lot of talk with little or no gore. I didn't mind this, because I found the dialog between the killer and the kidnapped girl to be very interesting. "What's it like?" the killer asks, referring to dying. The girl responds that "everything is purple, like a lollipop, and you can't see God, and there are people flying around, and you can see all of their thoughts, and you know the answers to all of their questions, but you can't answer them because nobody can talk." I enjoyed listening to this conversation, and although I'm sure I didn't get it word for word, there is something creative and maybe even worthy in here. Lots of people complain that the acting in this movie is terrible. These people cannot be horror buffs, as I have seen countless other films in which the acting is much MUCH worse. I would go as far to say that the acting in this film is very decent. If you have the attention span to sit through 'slower' moments of this film, then you'll find something to enjoy in it. I give The Toolbox Murders an 8/10.


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