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Toolbox Murders (2004)

Cast: Angela Bettis, Angela Bettis, Brent Roam, more...
Director: Tobe Hooper, Tobe Hooper
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Studio: Live/Artisan
Genre: Horror, Slashers, Supernatural/Occult
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English
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Tobe Hooper, who directed one of the truly iconic American horror films of the 1970s, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, offers his take on another well-remembered scare-fest of the era with this remake. Steve (Brent Roam) and Nell (Angela Bettis) are a young couple living in Los Angeles who are short on money -- she's just started work as a teacher, while he's a medical student doing his internship. They rent a flat in the Lusman Arms, a once beautiful but now decaying (and therefore affordable) apartment building managed by the sleazy Byron McLieb (Greg Travis), who tries to pass off the ramshackle accommodations as "charming" and "historic." Watching over the Lusman Arms beside Byron is Ned (Adam Gierasch), a greasy simpleton who serves as the building's handyman. Steve and Nell haven't been living at the Lusman especially long when she notices that a growing number of young women living in the building have been meeting a violent death, and with some help from good-hearted part-time actor "Jazz" Rooker (Rance Howard), she begins looking into the murders and makes some disturbing discoveries about both the building management and her fellow tenants. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A Toolbox Murders for today's cineaste by godlessdolphin August 17, 2005 - 12:15 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Lauded as a return to form after a long stretch of failures, Tobe Hooper's remake of the eighties slasher stalwart doesn't quite deserve the hype which it's received, but it's still a fun enough movie. Angela Bettis (of MAY fame) leads an enjoyable cast, but the real star of the film is violence, in the form of drills, hammers, and other toolbox gimmickery. Slasher fans will not be let down by the bloodletting on display here. If splashing blood and hacked bodies aren't your thing, then you might enjoy the creepy set design and camerawork, easily the best in a Hooper flick since CHAINSAW, or the characters, who are generally annoying or endearing in very realistic ways. It's not a Bergman film, obviously, but TOOLBOX works well for what it is and will surprise and delight those who had written Tobe Hooper off as a lost cause.

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