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Tool Box Murders

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Every year thousands of people move to Hollywood to pursue their dreams. Some succeed. Some go home. Others just... disappear. There are bad apartments - rats, bad plumbing, crazy landlords - and then there's the Lusman building. Something evil lives deep in the building itself, something linked to the architecture itself... something that needs to keep killing to stay alive.

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  • Actors: Angela Bettis, Brent Roam, Marco Rodríguez, Rance Howard, Juliet Landau
  • Directors: Tobe Hooper
  • Writers: Adam Gierasch, Jace Anderson
  • Producers: Adam Gierasch, Frank Strausser, Gary LaPoten, Jacqueline Quella, Mark Wooding
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00079HZY8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,894 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tool Box Murders" on IMDb

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One of the respected horror directors Tobe Hooper comes back with the star Angela Bettis ('May' and TV's 'Carrie'). This 'Toolbox Murders' is a remake of the 1978 film of the same title, in which a killer uses various items in ... er ... the toolbox. Though the gimmick itself is unchanged, the new version gives more stress upon the spooky atmosphere coming from the well-chosen locations. And Ms. Bettis (I really like her) is a real talent, which is a bonus to the film.

The film is about the married couple newly moving in a decaying apartment building in LA. The place is surely spooky, and looks either infested with evil spirits, or just tenanted by a bunch of strange, slightly crazy inmates. As you know, so many people come to Hollywood with dreams, and if you are acting like a little bit starnge, no one cares. Even if you suddenly vanish.

But Angela Bettis's heroine plucky Nell notices something different, What is the dirty package hidden behind the wall of her room? What do the marks signify engraved on the floor of the building? The film slowly builds up the story.

[GREAT LOCATION] Tobe Hooper chose The Ambassador Hotel, now closed, where Robert Kennedy was assassinated. I don't know how many films in the past used this building as location, but in this Hooper's new film the place becomes the spookiest. In usual places, an officious manager or a creepy repairman is a big no-no cliche; in here, they look so real that you might feel that Hooper is talking about an old-fashioned ghost story, not a serial killer horror. (But actually, it is a serial killer story.)

However, Hooper's 'Toolbox Murders' is not perfect.
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The Ambassador Hotel an L.A. landmark takes center stage in Tobe Hooper's re-envisioning of the THE TOOLBOX MURDERS. Sharing the leading role with the Hotel is scream queen in the making Angela Bettis. Here she is cast as a more down to earth character than her two star making roles in CARRIE, and MAY and it is nice to see she is capable of great range. The rest of the ensemble cast fares well also, most notably Rance Howard (Ron and Clint's father). The first half of the film is mostly buildup with a couple of effective jolt type scares, while the later half lets the blood spill and harkens back to directors more classic work in being just genuinely frightening. Some great ideas are evident in the writing and while the finale could be a bit more "fleshed out" the pieces are there for you to put together (unlike the hit you over the head forced twist ending of say SAW). I was quite pleased as the credits rolled on this stripped down piece of throwback horror, something that can't be said of most of the recent genre attempts (excluding SHAUN OF THE DEAD and Bubba Ho Tep) No its no TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, but what is? Worth a peek if you are intrigued by a real horror flick, worth buying for fans of Tobe's and Angela.
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To me this remake of the original classic is actually better than the original,Tobe Hooper does the directing and producing of this gory slice of horror. Set in Hollywood this movie is about a hotel that was built over 80 years prior to the time frame of where the film is set. Starts out with Sheri Moon buying a paper and going to her hotel room and gets murdered almost instantly. Fast forward a bit and we meet a couple who are moving into the hotel for their time in town because her boyfriend is a practicing Dr. Who has been relocated and is always working,his girlfriend Nell starts hearing strange sounds and seeing strange markings etched into the wall. She sees that the landlord or building super is weird and so is his assistant who does the repairs is also a bit off. She gets creeped out but meets a friend who is always running and she does it everyday like clockwork,she does an online chat thing and the kid across the hall likes to watch her. The girl and Nell are supposed to go running but she disappears,without a trace. The super claims that the building is old and it is Hollywood,people come and go so it is nothing strange. Nell starts searching around and finds out that the bulding was made by a guy who practiced dark arts and black magic. The building was shut down because too many people started dying and it was closed,the girl searches some more and finds out that the guy who built it was never found. She meets a guy with town records and he shows her that their is a hidden room throughout the building,because every floor is missing 1 room that is walled off. She realizes that people keep disappearing and she calls the cops several times and they keep showing up to find nothing,yet the people keep disappearing and the blood is certianly flowing.Read more ›
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Why do I love this movie? Shall I count the ways?

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1. Angela Bettis=Best. Scream. Queen. EVER! What is the magic in her that makes me vastly entertained by just watching her get stressed? And then she appears in this pair of spectacles that make her look like a bug...! You know what? I actually feel like she's my best friend.
2. Shades of Dante Tomaselli Everywhere! And this is not the only time. It's been happening a lot. Movies like Scar, Visible Scars, several others I can't quite recall, but all of them with at least the feel of being the work of young and brilliant talent--and they all have this rambling nature. No one can match the way that Tomaselli paints animated poems out of stale horror tropes that are all of a sudden alive again, alive and change, having undergone a sea change into something toxic and hideous. Now Tobe Hooper maybe don't need to learn from nobody, but maybe it's one master exploring the other's world, or maybe two geniuses arriving at the same place.
3. TIGHT! Not a frame wasted. Every scene has a plum surprise at its core. The sign of a good director is he's always thinking, agonizing over variations of, "Okay, we have the luggage coming out of the trunk. Do I show it being placed on the ground? And if so, why?" Every second counts and Tobe Hooper never botches a one of them!
4. Best killer I've seen in a long time. Face it, even in good movies, sometimes what's behind the mask isn't worth the wait. But this time, hoo-boy!

What, is that not enough for you? WATCH THE FILM!!!!!!!
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