The Toolbox Murders (1978)-Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Toolbox Murders (1978)

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  • Release Date:  1978
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Director:  Dennis Donnelly
  • Screenwriter:  Ann Kindberg, Neva Friedenn, Robert Easter
  • Cast & Crew: Cameron Mitchell, Pamelyn Ferdin, Wesley Eure, Nicolas Beauvy, Tim Donnelly, Aneta Corsaut, Faith McSwain, Marciee Drake, Evelyn Guerrero, Victoria Perry, Robert Bartlett, Betty Cole, John Hawker, Don Diamond, and Alisa Powell.

The Toolbox Murders (1978) Rating:

  • Dylan = 7 / 10;
  • Eloise = 3 / 10;
  • Raoul = 3.5 / 10;
  • Ronan = 3 / 10;
  • IMDB = 5.3/10;
  • Roten Tomatoes =3/10.

The Toolbox Murders (1978) Synopsis:

A masked maniac kills young woman using common tools from his toolbox.

The Toolbox Murders (1978)Review:

Dennis Donnelly is an interesting director because he has directed 36 TV series during his career, but only one full-length feature movie. This, however, does not come as a huge surprise when we see the quality of this movie!

As part of the 39 « video nasties », The Toolbox Murders was banned by the Uk courts (along with The Beyond, A Bay of Blood or Cannibal Holocaust). Because of this, I was expecting something interesting or at least gory…unfortunately, it was neither of those.

Pretty much all the kills are compiled in the first 20 minutes of the film, which makes it by far the best part of the movie (along with the very end). During these great 20 minutes, discovering which tools the killer will use next is great fun, and the variety is interesting. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie features almost no action at all. Considering that the scenario is absolutely suspense-less and very slow paced, that makes 60 minutes pretty long to watch.

Only in the last 15 minutes does the movie finally gets a little crazy, waking up the audience from the compulsory lethargy of the mid-movie. I don’t like recommending remakes, but for this one, I usually advise people to watch Tobe Hooper’s 2003 remake instead.

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