In defense of this remake, there are many pre-qualifying factors that validate a second attempt on this film. The Toolbox Murders was an iconic Exploitation flick, but had fallen into obscurity for many of the younger genre fans. It is also likely to disappoint gorehounds strictly seeking an hour and a half of bloody glory. Toolbox Murders '04 successfully takes the same basic premise of a masked killer offing tenants in a dilapidated apartment complex using tools of the trade, but changes the direction the film takes after the opening violence. The kidnap and torture theme is replaced with an alchemy tie-in that very much reflects some of the plot elements in Argento's Inferno. This one also plays out more like a conventional Slasher with an increased body count and gore, though the murders slow towards the middle of the film. This works for and against it, since the brutal deaths are appreciated given the title, but they also give the film more of a conventional Slasher feel that makes it pretty much indistinguishable from most other films. Tobe Hooper also keeps the film visually engaging in his framing, excellent use of the location, and frequent character interactions, making this small film feel like it is much larger and more involved. I enjoy Toolbox Murders, and the deaths are a lot of fun, but it is pretty middle of the road and doesnt offer anything new. Still worth checking out!