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Toolbox Murders (2004)

Toolbox Murders (2004)

"Where you aiming for Dante's third of fourth inferno of hell?" -Nell

This is another example of a great horror remake. There are times where I like them both about the same, but here I have an exception. Tobe Hooper's 2004 remake of Toolbox Murders is actually better than the original film. Not to mention I love almost all of Mr. Hooper's work.

In this remake, Nell and Steven Barrows are a happy couple who move into a rundown apartment building called The Lusman Arms. Steven is a doctor, so he's gone a lot, leaving Nell at the apartment. While staying their, Nell begins suspecting murders involving contents of a toolbox (drill, hammer, nailgun, etc.) in the building, but has no proof. Ultimately, she discovers the Lusman has a dark secret, and the symbols throughout the building aren't decoration - they're black magic.

Seriously, the original Toolbox Murders was a boring movie. It started off well, but got boring really fast. It did have some creative deaths though, and I will give it some credit. But this remake is highly entertaining, and has that '70s slasher feeling to it. There are some good scares, one in particular that was very, very unexpected. It has some good directing by Tobe, and his films always have something about them I like. Well most of them. In my opinion this is a little bit better than the original. Not a masterpiece, but pretty good. See this.

Starring: Angela Bettis, Brent Roam, and Juliet Landau
Theatrical Release: April 10, 2004
Directed By: Tobe Hooper

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