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The Toolbox Murders [Blu-ray] (1978)

Cameron Mitchell , Pamelyn Ferdin , Dennis Donnelly  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cameron Mitchell, Pamelyn Ferdin, Wesley Eure, Aneta Corseaut, Marianne Walter
  • Directors: Dennis Donnelly
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,368 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In a quiet apartment complex in Los Angeles, a deranged handyman goes on a killing spree, savagely murdering 'immoral' women with the tools of his trade - claw-hammers, screwdrivers, power drills and even a deadly nail gun! But these gruesome massacres are just the beginning of this landmark epic of violence and depravity that was vilified by critics, banned by censors, and treasured by splatter fans worldwide. This is... THE TOOLBOX MURDERS!

Cameron Mitchell (BLOOD AND BLACK LACE), Wesley Eure (LAND OF THE LOST), Aneta Corseaut (THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW), Marianne Walter (adult film star Kelly Nichols) and former child actress Pamelyn Ferdin (CHARLOTTE'S WEB) star in this notorious sickie. Now experience one of the most shocking exploitation films of all time at its bloody best, as THE TOOLBOX MURDERS is presented here uncut, uncensored, and newly remastered in blood-curdling High Definition from its original negative!

Audio Commentary with Producer Tony DiDio, Directory of Photography Gary Graver and Star Pamelyn Ferdin
"I Got Nailed in THE TOOLBOX MURDERS" - Interview with Star Marianne Walter
Theatrical Trailer
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"A Pleasantly Unsettling Cult Item That Rises Above Its Scurrilous Reputation!" -- Sex Gore Mutants

"A Sleazy Masterpiece Of Cinematic Horrors... Sickly Disturbing And Creepy As Hell!" -- Monsters At Play

"Generates Some Genuinely Scary Moments!" -- Stephen King

"The Ultimate Exploitation Sickie!" -- The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bob Vila's Favorite Film! December 25, 2004
Back in the day Phil Donahue devoted an entire show to violent films and their alleged harmful effects, focusing mainly on The Toolbox Murders. This type of horror film was still quite new at the time, Halloween still being a year away and Friday The 13th three years away. I can understand how Phil and Co. thought this was appalling at the time, but any hardcore horror fan will say, "what's all the fuss about?" Actually I'm surprised they singled this out and didn't devote the hour to Last House On The Left. I guess Phil didn't watch that one. Imagine his reaction if he saw Cannibal Holocaust! Anyhow, as you'll read in other reviews, people really think this is a stinker. Most of these folks are young horror fans exposed to this film for the first time since it recently got a dvd release expecting an all out bloodbath coz of the film's reputation. Yeah, if you have those expectations I can almost guarantee you'll walk away disappointed. the actual "toolbox murders" occur from the getgo and go on for about a half hour or so, then we're done with the slasher flick portion of the film. The film totally switches gears at this point, right after the killer abducts a fifteen year old girl. Ya see, this guy feels he's doing God's work by killing women he finds immoral and dirty. All victims are from the same apartment complex, and do cool stuff like dance in lingerie right in front of the window. How come this never happens in my apartment complex? Although I did hear a couple going at it last summer. Anyhow, that's not important, back to the story. He kidnaps this girl to save her from these evils, but also becomes convinced that she is his daughter who had died some years before. I've seen this film a time or two before, so I know about the psycho-drama part of the film. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dennis Donnelly's The Toolbox Murders June 3, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This infamous little slasher flick with the infamous little title is a full... of blood, violence, and nudity. It is everything you expect from something of this ilk.
Supposedly based on a true story, four women in an apartment building are brutally murdered by items normally found in a toolbox. The killer (and the film makers do not hide this fact) is Cameron Mitchell, the building owner. Mitchell is a religious [person]who recently lost his daughter in a car accident. He then begins punishing "sinful" women.
...The last third of the film sees the deaths of two major characters, and wraps things up nicely with the end credits crawl describing what happened to the "survivors" of this "real life" crime spree.
Although rated (R), this is some very violent stuff. The first half hour, when the majority of the crimes take place, is unpleasant. Two of the first four victims die,... including the now infamous murder of the model taking a bath.
The video copy I have of this is awful. The sound is scratchy, the colors bleached out...and it is fantastic. I felt like I was watching something on a screen at a drive-in,...The blood flows freely, and the murders are punctuated by some truly bizarre country and love tunes.
... The film makers... build up a subplot between Ferdin and Beauvy's mom and the standard driven police detective that never pans out, or is resolved.
Ferdin and Eure were mainstays on television in the 1970's... They do well,considering the material.
... Donnelly's direction is pretty basic, a camera shadow can be seen here and there. Gary Graver, the cinematographer, is known as Orson Welles' cameraman later in the great director's career. Graver seems to have made a career of this kind of film, his involvement usually sets you up for what to expect.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Original.... April 18, 2005
Fan of good old 70's sleazy, slasher, drive-in horror movies? Then look no further, it's got enough T&A and blood to keep most slasher fans happy, can be brutal at times, has a much better over-all feel than the big budget remake/re-do. Would recommend this over the remake ANYDAY!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars FOUR STARS FOR TRANSFER -- GRIND-HOUSE IN HI-DEF?! March 4, 2010
A handyman goes berserk and murders women he judges as immoral or bad. He uses the tools of his trade: screwdrivers, claw-hammers, a nail gun, and a power drill. A simple plot for a grisly film that offers no real redeeming values. But although this notorious 1978 grind-house title was roundly banned, censored, vilified and damned - there are those who see it as a cinematic exercise not only of the First Amendment, but also an opportunity for the release of pent-up anger and frustration. But is it art? Or does it fuel the rage of psychopaths until they act out? What can one say about vicariously experiencing the torture and murder of women as entertainment? Can you say the same thing about Hitchcock's "Psycho"?

Camereron Mitchell stars in this cult sickie (for some, that's high praise). Look for former child star Pamela Ferdin and adult film star Kelly Nichols aka Marianne Walter.

This classic exploitation film still shocks and can be "enjoyed" now in a true hi-def, uncensored transfer that has been newly remastered from the original negative.

Extras include a amazing audio commentary with producer Tony DiDio, cinematographer Gary Graver and actor Pamela Ferdin. The story of the making of the film is more interesting than the film itself. A featurette aptly titled "I Got Nailed in the Toolbox Murders" is a memorable interview with adult star Marianne Walter.

Few film posters have so clearly advertised the intent and content of the movie it heralds - and delivers.

This film is not for everyone. Maybe not for anyone but exploitation film scholars, misogynists and psychiatrists.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of 70's Horror
This is so good , the killings look so real and kinda feel the fear in these scenes. Moves pretty good and acting is not bad at all . Read more
Published 29 days ago by Brian A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a great movie !!!
Published 3 months ago by sharilyn thiel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by MR JAMES GREAVES
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truely Classic Slasher Flick, Indeed!!
Asolutely awesome job remastering this 'oldie but goody' slasher flick!! Definitely NOT a regretful puchase, unlike a few "movie" orders I've made in the past. Read more
Published 20 months ago by jason reno rockwell sparks
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
was very pleased with the movie very suspensful and entertaing to watch I have watched it several times and will watch it several times more
Published 20 months ago by vickie phipps
4.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad....
Yes, it had its share of violent scenes, but they are so fake looking that it doesn't shock you. Like when he shoots the lady in the head w/the nail gun and she's still looking... Read more
Published on September 4, 2012 by notAyesperson
3.0 out of 5 stars Tool box murders
My three stars are for the first 40 minutes of gore. Generally the filmmakers don't make these films in in these days. Read more
Published on June 16, 2012 by H. R. Frey
4.0 out of 5 stars cult classic gets off to a marvelously gory start, and then becomes a...
Opening with a series of nasty kills, The Toolbox Murders (1978) features a masked killer prowling through an apartment complex, employing various hand tools as the instruments of... Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by trebe
3.0 out of 5 stars 70s sleeze in High Definition!
The original Toolbox Murders was a bona-fide guilty pleasure back in the 70s, and it remains so to this very day. Read more
Published on January 22, 2012 by N. Durham
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not take it seriously
I saw this movie in 1978 with my brother(He took me)at the South Park Drive In.If the murders depicted in this movie were to take place in REAL LIFE it would be HORRIBLE. Read more
Published on August 3, 2011 by J. Lynn Haag
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