The Toolbox Murders [DVD] [1978]

Hardware stores beware in the horror classic The Toolbox Murders. This transfer is presented in a 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen version that appears to be in decent shape. The image's biggest flaws come in the form of some washed-out colors in a few key scenes, as well as some intrusive dirt in the print. Otherwise, this is a nice-looking picture that sports solid colors and dark black levels. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital Mono in English and sounds very unimpressive. While most of the mix is clear of any hiss or distortion, overall the track lacks anything in fidelity or directional effects. No alternate subtitles or soundtracks are available on this disc. The Toolbox Murders features a few well-produced extras, starting with a commentary track by producer Tony DiDio, director of photography Gary Graver, and actress Pamelyn Ferdin. This is a mellow track that should provide viewers with a wealth of insight into the film's production and story. An eight-minute featurette titled "I Got Nailed in The Toolbox Murders" includes a funny, short interview with star Kelly Nichols discussing her role in the film. Finally there is a TV spot, a theatrical trailer for the film, some radio spots, a poster and still gallery, and a bio on Cameron Mitchell.
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Special Features

  • Audio commentary
  • with producer Tony DiDio, director of photography Gary Graver and star Pamelyn Ferdin
  • I got nailed in The Toolbox Murders- an interview with star Marianne Walter
  • Theatrical trailer
  • TV spot
  • Radio spots
  • Poster & still gallery
  • Cameron Mitchell bio

Synopsis

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

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