The Toolbox Murders Reviews
In reality this film looks cheap and plays cheap, some bad acting and a cheesy 70's soundtrack add to this feel but it's watchable all the same. The start of the film does seem to be trying to somehow commentate on how little community there is/was post 1960's but then turns a corner at the midway point and becomes a straight psychological thriller with a Giallo style ending.
Second half not so good however as it reveals the man behind the mask and he has captured a girl, it's boring and pointless at that point, it's literally filler to go with the surprisingly decent blood and gore sequences during the first half.
Because of the first half and the title, it was banned along with many other horror films in the UK and was labeled a 'video nasty'.
Worth a look for the first half if you like slasher films.
"The Toolbox Murders" was one of the video nasties of the 1980s and was banned in the UK from 1982 to 2000 by the BBFC. An edited DVD was released in the UK in 2000 by VIPCO. To date, there is no uncut UK release. The film was marketed as well as being a dramatization of a true story taken place in 1967. I have managed lately to finally see "Maniac", "The Driller Killer" and now "The Toolbox Murders". Those classic video nasties you red and heard about. To my surprise I think "The Toolbox Murders" succeeds by far the other two in dramatisation and horror being a cross of a gory slasher and a psychological thriller film. The storyline is not just a gory movie with a faceless murder, instead with the religious undertone and bottomless sadness through loss of a dear one,"The Toolbox Murders" is just not your average slasher. And I do love the twist in the end and the fact that they claim it was based on a true story creates another layer to the film. Cameron Mitchell is good as Vance Kingsley and he fits the role. Yes, you can question the full on nudity in it, but I reckon the filmmakers wanted one more dimension to upset the movie goers in 1978. The acting might be wobbly at times and itīs not a 100% production, but itīs for sure one of the better so called video nasties I have seen.
The rest are...well, sort of. Disturbing, totally. And wrong and nuts, especially TTCM. Ironically, the same director of the original did the remake of Toolbox. That's weird. Anyway, you a film buff? Then watch these four, and tell me I am lying when I say today's films are garbage. Art is lost. Evil Dead 4, that came out recently...is actually one of the best in years, and that campy indy film, House of the Devil. Good stuff.
Okay, back to this film. It's a load of ass. A bunch of cheesy, rushed deaths in the beginning. Important, but extremely long drawn out dialogue to former a Mystery film, that leads to the end. The movie gets bad, because it has the immersion and anticipation feel, but it's kind of boring when the scenes actually happen. The cuts between shots are bad and delayed. And the ending fades out with the creepy and cheesy music still playing for like 90 seconds, it's ridiculous.
If you're reading my post and want to pay money and watch it. Go on your PS3 or 360 and download it on Vudu, it looks amazing in HDX. Decent film, I guess, somewhat original. Poorly implemented. Badly needs a director's cut that doesn't cut out or extend violent scenes, but cuts out and somehow shortens redundant and run-on dialogue. All-in-all, a horrible and disturbing classic that all should see.
2 stars for accurately creepy music. Pretty good acting with nobody who is recognizable. Along with a unknown composer. Original deaths, I guess. Decent plot.