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THE TOOLBOX MURDERS (2005) **

I’m a huge fan of the original 1978 gore classic, and while this remake seemed like an okay idea, since it was directed by Tobe Hooper (I guess it was payback time since Hollywood remade his classic, Texas Chainsaw Massacre), it’s still pretty worthless. Just like the original, a killer is stalking the tenants of an apartment building using various power tools, except this time there’s no nudity and no Cameron Mitchell acting out of control. It also throws in a nonsensical plot thread about mystic black magic symbols and a killer born out of a dead mother in a “coffin birth” that’s never resolved. The ending rips off Halloween as the killer is still on the loose for a sequel.

On the plus side, Angela (May) Bettis is the star (though she’s required to nothing but run and scream a lot in the last 20 minutes of the movie), Hooper delivers some creepy atmosphere and the gore scenes are nice and juicy. There’s a bludgeoning with a hammer, death by nailgun (though the victim here is fully clothed, in the original she was totally nude), power drill and acid in the face (not exactly a “tool” per se but oh well). The best kill is when a guy gets the top part of his head bansawed off. Also starring Sheri (House of 1000 Corpses) Moon as the victim in the opening scene, Juliet (Ed Wood) Landau and Rance (father of Ron) Howard. Hooper hasn’t directed a good movie since his “Eye” segment of Body Bags (1993).
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