Toolbox Murders
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Toolbox may not renew the splatter genre in any significant way, but the chills and kills prove Hooper, when armed with the right script, can still tighten the fright screws."
‑ Russell Edwards, Variety
"...Hooper creates a film that's almost as effective as his first big success - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Toolbox Murders is Hooper's best work in years."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"Tobe Hooper's latest is not unlike an episode of Melrose Place as imagined by Lucio Fulci."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"The movie does boast ridiculous elements to its story and logic, but it's so bad it's good."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"In a genre where so many titles disappoint, Hooper makes sure that this one won't."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Toolbox Murders is arguably the movie everyone has been waiting for Hooper to make since Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
‑ Rod Gudino, Rue Morgue Magazine
"I suspect one might as well just place the audience in a room and periodically make sudden loud noises."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
"Saying The Toolbox Murders is the finest Tobe Hooper film since The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ... isn't saying much."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Hooper has dodged the lightning bolt of inspiration once again"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"A truly vicious, gruesome and utterly ludicrous movie that exists only to make us jump in our seats."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"This one might just be a small blip on the current Horror Remake horizon, but it's a knowingly nasty and entirely enjoyable throwback to a slashier time."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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