Of all the titles that they gave the censorship treatment to, The Toolbox Murders might be the most baffling. There's plenty of gratuitous nudity to be had here, and I'm sure the violence was shocking for its time, but for the most part, this movie is fairly tame and even cheesy for most of its running time. We still dig it though, probably because we have a warped sense of taste.
|DID NO ONE LOCK THEIR DOORS IN THE 70's?|
Psychological intrigue ensues.
|"FAR OUT, MAN. IT'S A CLUE."|
This movie is pretty different, and it's 70's-cheesy in more than a few places, but it's got a certain charm about it that makes it an enjoyable watch overall.
|AWWW, SHE'S 70'S CUTE.|
Now, that dramatic switch in tone and mechanics may make this a better movie for breaking from the normal Slasher mold, or it may make it an uneven mess that should have stuck to the guns that it fired from the very start, but that's going to differ from person to person.
For us, it was a bit of both. The beginning of the movie had us on the edge of our seats, but then everything seemed to go still when the "action" stopped. Some of the events later in the movie were alright, but the script (most notably the dialogue) just wasn't strong enough to support what basically became a talky character study.
Make up your mind, movie!
|WTF WAS THAT ALL ABOUT?!?|
What kind of sense was that supposed to make?
|AND THE MOTIVATION FOR THE KILLINGS...|
The nail gun bit was pretty good though.
|USE YOUR SEDUCTIVE CHARMS TO SURVIVE!|
For fans of 70's Horror though, it's definitely worth a watch.
The Toolbox Murders is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
The Toolbox Murder girls, so you'll just have to settle for some pics from the movie itself.