A historic Hollywood hotel houses a supernatural evil. It's been subdued for decades - but when renovations start, a series of murders take place. It's up to our heroine to solve the mystery.
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This remake coulda been one of the greats.
Director Tobe Hooper's Toolbox Murders had a top-notch brutal slasher in the making, possibly destined for the Horror Hall of Fame. But, like a pick-axe getting buried deep in your kneecap, the out-of-control evil censorship wackos severely handicapped this gem for life. Seriously, you don't have to be smarter than a fifth-grader to understand that censorship just doesn't belong in a horror flick.
Okay this may never have reached total elite slasher status, but the heinous cuts made to avoid the NC-17 rating are a little frustrating. Luckily the extended brutality is still available for your sick viewing pleasure in the deleted scenes here. Great gruesome fun.
The basic setup--we have a dilapidated old apartment complex, you know the kind that the landlord refers to as quirky and rich in history while the residents suffer through their lease period. The beautiful Nell (Angela Bettis) moves in with her husband Steven and tries to adjust to the ramshackle lifestyle.
So cue the weird noises. Clueless cops. Missing neighbors. We soon find out that there is something evil lurking within the walls. The murders quickly commence, as somebody is using household tools as deadly weapons.
We've got the hammer, nail guns, circular saw....oh this movie has the greatest scalping scene EVER! Totally gorerific! It makes you forget about the illogical plot missteps and just enjoy the mayhem.
Plus of course we have Angella Bettis. It's a safe bet that she's attracted her share of stalkers in real life. Something about her, I'm not sure what but she's totally stalkable.
This movie starts a little slow and the story veers away from reality a bit. Plus after so many dead bodies begin to pile up you'd think the stench would start to permeate the minds of the doubters? Oh well.
Toolbox Murders ends up being a solid slasher despite its minor drawbacks. Not worth killing yourself over, but well worth the price of admission.