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Toolbox Murders, The

Review by: 
Head Cheeze
Release Date: 
Blue Underground
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Directed by: 
Dennis Donnelly
Cameron Mitchell
Pamelyn Ferdin
Wesley Eure
Nicolas Beauvy
Bottom Line: 

Notoriously misogynistic, excessively gory, and chock-full of woman parading about in various states of undress solely for sake of titillation. That's how I like my horror movies, and The Toolbox Murders has all of this in spades!
An apartment complex is under siege as a masked maniac goes on a killing spree, offing beautiful female tenants with a host of home improvement gear. When the killer kidnaps one of his victims and the ignorant policemen assigned to the case produce no results, the victim's brother launches his own investigation that brings him face to face with the hack 'n slash handyman.
The Toolbox Murders is pure, exhilarating, silly-as-all-hell exploitation fun, made back in the days when political correctness and family values were laughable causes and blood, boobs and booty ruled the cinema. A film like this could never be made today, but thanks to Blue Underground, a whole new generation of heathens can enjoy this slice and dice envelope pusher in the glorious format of Digital Versatile Disk. Oh, yes. Technology just got a boner.
The image transfer on this DVD is absolutely pristine with vivid colors and not an artifact in sight, so all the crazy costumes, buckets of blood, and bodacious babes look as good now (if not better!) than they did back in 1978. The mono soundtrack is clear and distortion free, although a stereo mix would have been that much nicer. Just nitpicking really.
Blue Underground has dug up a few extras for this flick including a great interview with porn-star Marianne Walter, who was featured in the film's bathtub murder scene that went on to become the most memorable part of the film. It's really interesting to hear Walter's take on her part in the scene's creation, and her surprise as to its long-term impact on fans of the film.
An audio commentary with star Ferdin, producer Tony DiDio and DP Gary Graver offers much less insight on the film itself, with the three seemingly engaged in conversation about other movies they were part of, but it's still entertaining to listen to what few memories of the film and its production they opt to share.
Round out the extras with a bunch of trailers and radio spots, a photo gallery, production art, and a biography of star Cameron Mitchell, and you've got a very cool set of a retro-cool flick that no slasher fan should be without! 

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