Toolbox Murders (2004) Movie Review


Toolbox Murders (2004)

2004 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
95 minutes /

User Score: 71/100

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Toolbox Murders Review


A historic Hollywood hotel houses a supernatural evil. It's been subdued for decades, but when renovations start, a series of murders take place.

Toolbox Murders (2004) is a 1h 35 min rated R American mystery-thriller-horror film that was a remake of Toolbox Murders (1978) and was shot in Ambassador Hotel - 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA. Director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Poltergeist (1982), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)) did a fantastic grisly job remaking this movie into being something watchable. The movie contains bad language, murders, extreme violence, supernatural power, strangulation, ski mask, serial killer, psychopath, pot smoking, impalement, home invasion, bludgeoning, blood splatter, gore, and a surprise ending.

Toolbox Murders is not for everyone because the horror might not appeal to everyone as the movie is pretty disgusting/nasty. Nell (Angela Bettis - May (2002), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Carrie (2002)) is a teacher, and Steven Barrows is a medical intern. Nell and Steven (Brent Roam - Deep Blue Sea (1999), Desert Saints (2002), Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004)) are new tenants in a luxurious building. Steven works long hours, Nell became friends with Julia Cunningham (Juliet Landau - Ed Wood (1994), BioShock (2007), ‘Buffy’: Season 2 Overview (2002)) and Chas Rooker since Steven works long hours and she is home by herself. Julia lives downstairs from her and Chas (Rance Howard - A Beautiful Mind (2001), Nebraska (2013), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Chinatown (1974)) is a senior man. Chas informs her that many of the workers died while building the building.

Peculiar things start happening including hearing strange noises and Nell finding a trinket in the wall with human teeth in it. Nell became suspicious after Julia, and another tenant vanishes, but it did not take long for Chas to sneak Nell a note that says "Look for her in Room 504, " but Nell cannot find room 504. Any more information will be a major spoiler. Toolbox Murders was a gruesome, nasty low-budget slasher movie that was fun to watch with more than enough kills and horrific scenes. The atmosphere was just right shouting out creepiness, and the actors gave us good performances. All horror fans with a strong stomach should watch Toolbox Murders at least once.

About Toolbox Murders 2004

Title: Toolbox Murders
Year: 2004
Runtime: 95 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.55/5 stars from 7 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 7
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Sheri Moon Zombie, Rance Howard, Greg Travis, Christopher Doyle, Brent Roam, Eric Ladin, Angela Bettis, Sara Downing, Carlease Burke, Alan Polonsky, Adam Weisman, Juliet Landau, Christina Venuti, Jamison Reeves, Stephanie Silverman, Charlie Paulson, Bob McMinn, Adam Gierasch, Ralph Morris, Marco Rodríguez, Price Carson
Writers: Jace Anderson, Adam Gierasch
Director: Tobe Hooper

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