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The Toolbox Murders [Blu-ray] [1978]

  • SKU: 18257633
  • Release Date: 01/26/2010
  • Rating: R

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 6)

    Special Features

    • Audio Commentary with Producer TonY DiDio, Director of Photography Gary Graver and Star Pamelyn Ferdin
    • I Got Nailed in The Toolbox Murders - Interview with Star Marianne Walter
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • TV Spot
    • Radio Spots


    The Toolbox Murders
    After a tense, bloody beginning, The Toolbox Murders takes a turn first into TV movie-style suspense and then stumbles towards an incredibly silly conclusion. Despite a sensational reputation amongst splatter fans (including Stephen King, who provides a promotional blurb for the video release's packaging) the only gore occurs within the first 30 minutes, as a ski-masked maniac cuts a bloody swath through an apartment complex. Four attractive young women are dispatched in harrowing style with a variety of power tools, indicating a killer taking extreme sadistic pleasure in his work. It's no surprise when the apartment owner (Cameron Mitchell) is revealed to be the monster, but his claims of putting the "dirty" women out of their misery quickly doesn't jive with what's been presented earlier. He murders in order to avenge the unrelated car accident death of his only daughter, and to this end, kidnaps a virginal 15- year-old girl to replace her. Unfortunately, his nephew is also fixated on the dead girl, and has his own obsessions. Director Dennis Donnelly did most of his work in TV, thus the preponderance of familiar television faces on display: his brother Timothy Donnelly from Emergency!, Wesley Eure from Saturday morning's Land of the Lost, and Pamelyn Ferdin, a '70s sitcom perennial with many guest shots including The Brady Bunch and The Odd Couple. The incongruity of these appearances, along with the clumsily expressed psychosis of the villains, destroys any sense of dread created at the outset of The Toolbox Murders, and as a result, the only enjoyment that can be obtained from the film is ultimately derisive. ~ Fred Beldin, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Cameron Mitchell
      Cameron Mitchell - Kingsley
    • Pamelyn Ferdin
      Pamelyn Ferdin - Laurie
    • Wesley Eure
      Wesley Eure - Kent
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      Nicolas Beauvy - Joey Ballard
    • Aneta Corsaut
      Aneta Corsaut - JoAnn Ballard

    Customer rating

    Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Yummy 70's Sleaze

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Honestly, unless you're a big fan of 70's exploitation or grew up during that era. you probably won't find Toolbox Murders very entertaining. It's a little slow, even by 70's standards and with the exception of some early carnage, not very gory. Fans of modern horror will definitely prefer the remake, which unfortunately hasn't found it's way to Blu-ray yet. Still, as a fan of old-school horror. I appreciate the original. Blue Underground gave us some great blu-ray titles, but Toolbox Murders is not their strongest effort. If you like sleazy slashers, pass on this one and pick up Fulci's "New York Ripper". The quality is far better and the film itself is much better.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Hidden slasher gem


      Blu transfer came out well and this is an odd movie. It's got it's weird elements and "who done it" plot, but it's worth adding to the collection. It's great to see companies giving these older slashers a chance even the more obscure ones.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great scary movie

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I like horror movies and this certainly was that. If you like slasher this is for you.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good movie

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      There are some thrilling scenes in this. Overall an 80s horror you should check out.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nailguns, Hammers, And Drills, Oh My!

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member
      • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

      Come for the grisly deaths, Stay for the deranged psychology!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember
      • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

      A must for any Tobe Hooper fan. Also check out the remake.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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