Toolbox Murders

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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) apartment building managed by the sleazy Byron McLieb (Greg Travis), who tries to pass off the ramshackle accommodations as "charming" and "historic." Watching over the Lusman Arms beside Byron is Ned (Adam Gierasch), a greasy simpleton who serves as the building's handyman. Steve and Nell haven't been living at the Lusman especially long when she notices that a growing number of young women living in the building have been meeting a violent death, and with some help from good-hearted part-time actor "Jazz" Rooker (Rance Howard), she begins looking into the murders and makes some disturbing discoveries about both the building management and her fellow tenants.

Cast

Angela Bettis
as Nell Barrows
Brent Roam
as Steven Barrows
Chris Doyle
as Coffin Baby
Rance Howard
as Chas Rooker
Carlease Burke
as Officer Melody
Price Carson
as Officer Daniel
Sara Downing
as Saffron
Adam Gierasch
as Ned Lundy
Eric Ladin
as Johnny Turnbull
Adam Weisman
as Austin Lloyd
Greg Travis
as Byron McLieb
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Critic Reviews for Toolbox Murders

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Audience Reviews for Toolbox Murders

  • Jun 22, 2010
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2010
    I was actually mildly surprised and amused. Sure it has its moments of less then perfect acting and of course lines of cheesy dialogue, telling not showing, and unnecessary shots that just put it a tad over the top, but it was pretty well executed for being a low budget thriller. Everything worked well up until the last fifteen minutes where you could tell the writers were forced to quickly put together an ending to tighten up the time limit, this of course put in a lot of dumb dialogue and throwing in loose ends of the plot just to make it come full circle. Better then some of the other films in its genre.
    Justin W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2008
    Not that good at all.
    David J Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2008
    Tobe Hooper is still being a moronic horror director since The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist, but he is still brutal and gory also. The plot is boring and typical, as well as the cliches, and the acting sucks, but some of the death scenes are fun and liked the concept used in a hotel for a horror movie, although I couldn't believe that the owners could be so fuc#!ng stupid. 36/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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