Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Toolbox Murders (1978)

The first time I watched Toolbox Murders, I was extremely let down by the lack of action after the first half hour. Repeated viewings allowed for a much greater appreciation of the film based on the strange and twisted character progressions later in the film. At the start, the film wreaks of awesome grindhouse grit and grime, with plenty of nudity and several gruesome deaths care of our trusty friends Mr. Hammer and Uncle Nail Gun. I also love how poorly the killer is masked, leaving absolutely no mystery as to his identity. After an initial murder spree, one of the tenants of the unfortunate apartment complex is kidnapped by her would-be assailant and held captive as he plays out delusions that she is his deceased daughter. It is at this point that the tone completely shifts away from the standard slasher and takes on more of its psychological horror aspects that reflect Psycho or Dementia 13 over body count films like Bay of Blood. There are points where the scale and budget are completely evident in the filmmaking, but overall the acting and production are better than they probably should be, with Cameron Mitchell putting in a quirky but entertaining lead. I recommend checking it out, I really enjoy it!

Rating: 7/10.
Entertainment: 8/10.
Gore: 6/10.



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2 comments:

  1. Nice review Carl. I enjoyed this flick.

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  2. GREAT FUN FLICK I ALSO LOVE THE NEW ONE...

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