Toolbox Murders (2004)




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Tobe Hooper, who directed one of the truly iconic American horror films of the 1970s, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, offers his take on another well-remembered scare-fest of the era with this remake. Steve (Brent Roam) and Nell (Angela Bettis) are a young couple living in Los Angeles who are short on money -- she's just started work as a teacher, while he's a medical student doing his internship. They rent a flat in the Lusman Arms, a once beautiful but now decaying (and therefore affordable) … More

Rating: R (Strong violence and gore, language, some sexuality and brief drug use.)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Jace Anderson, Adam Gierasch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 15, 2005
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as Nell Barrows

as Steven Barrows

as Coffin Baby

as Chas Rooker

as Officer Melody

as Officer Daniel

as Saffron

as Ned Lundy

as Johnny Turnbull

as Austin Lloyd

as Byron McLieb
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Critic Reviews for Toolbox Murders

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (2)

Toolbox may not renew the splatter genre in any significant way, but the chills and kills prove Hooper, when armed with the right script, can still tighten the fright screws.

Full Review… | August 2, 2004
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie does boast ridiculous elements to its story and logic, but it's so bad it's good.

Full Review… | June 3, 2010
Cinema Crazed

Saying The Toolbox Murders is the finest Tobe Hooper film since The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ... isn't saying much.

Full Review… | June 20, 2005
Lessons of Darkness

...Hooper creates a film that's almost as effective as his first big success - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Full Review… | March 15, 2005
Reel Film Reviews

In a genre where so many titles disappoint, Hooper makes sure that this one won't.

Full Review… | March 14, 2005

Audience Reviews for Toolbox Murders

As far as remakes are concerned, Toolbox Murders is a pretty good film that captures the essence of the original, and modernizing them. In this version directed by Tobe Hooper, he tends to give the film a much darker atmosphere which is strength of the film because the original was pretty sleazy in its conception. Also a standout with this version is the fact that there is a slightly better plot this time around and the kills are much better done with more blood to appeal to gore fans everywhere. Toolbox Murders is a fine return to form for Horror master Tobe Hooper as his work tended to suffer quite a bit in the 1990's, which is a great shame because Hooper's earlier movies were terrific and are classics in the genre. However despite this short return to form, Hooper's work would fall apart again with his follow up, Mortuary. Toolbox Murders on the other hand shows that Tobe Hooper still can a good horror yarn when he truly puts his mind to it, and I think that he still has the drive to make other good movies. Hooper's direction with this film is top notch, and though it isn't perfect, this remake is pretty good and the cast do a fine job and are well cast in their parts. If you love Slasher films, then check this one out, it's definitely one of the better remakes in recent memory and it may not be the best film that Hooper has directed, but it definitely is the best film that he's directed in a long time.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Despite this cast's horror pedigree (Angela Bettis, Juliette Landau, etc.), there is really nothing special about this movie. It's just another formulaic film about some killer stalking people in an apartment building and killing them in nasty ways. If you've seen one, you've seen a million.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

Tobe Hooper's 2003 version of the Toolbox Murders is a fun little movie. It's a bloody good time to watch, although it's not scary, but the fun factor makes up for it. I haven't seen the original, but I'm sure it's better than it. The middle part drags a little bit, but once the main character stumbles apon the "hidden" portion of her apartment building, the fun and action begins! Props to Tobe Hooper for a great and well done opening sequence. Most films that have somebody killed in the beginning have the next scene take place somewhere else or on the next day, the scene after it takes place the second after it!

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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