Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Pamelyn Ferdin and Wesley Eure
Okay, I never knew the 70s version of this movie was this bad but I have to admit, it does have its moments.
The Toolbox Murders had itself deemed infamous thanks to its depiction of graphic murders towards sexually fueled ladies residing in an apartment complex early on the film's run, just a few frames away after the weird looking opening credits. (with added first bodycount)
The killer, as the title suggests, carries around a toolbox full of various hardware appliances from a nailgun to a powerdrill, easily makes tidbits out of the scantily clad cats and does it one at a time for the next half hour or less. So early on, we get five grisly misogynist-toned murders and, in between them, us watching them girls take a shower and/or bubble bath.
|Who knew seeing Mariane Walter gets nailgunned while|
prancing naked can be a changing experience?
Personally, the whole rating you see above comes a majority from the opening and the rest is from it's finale. The opening slaughter, which might as well be the whole movie itself, has the stalk and kill antics done with much exploitative nature and mean-spirit despite lacking much of the needed impact and tension. He ho-hums his way to the next apartment without thinking much whether his previous attacks would have alerted the neighbors, as if he is used to doing these crimes. And then at the end, he even tried to comfort his captured lass by sharing his reasons for why he's doing all this and judging from her reaction, that didn't do too well on his part.
The finale is a messy one in terms of direction but at least it goes to say, it didn't lose its maniacal energy just as the movie did in the middle where it has us tediously watching bumbling detectives trying to coin out our killer, leading to another twist in the story with an outlandish cheesy sub-plot that had me wondering if anybody would even care.
|The Broken Object. By Vance Kingsley|
1 female seen killed in car crash
1 female powerdrilled on the head
1 female repeatedly brained with hammer claw
1 female stabbed to death with screwdriver
1 female shot on the head with nailgun
1 male doused with gasoline, set ablaze
1 male knifed on the gut
1 male stabbed with scissors offscreen