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Encyclopedia > Toolbox Murders (2004 film)
Toolbox Murders

U.S. DVD Cover
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Produced by Ryan Carroll
Frank Strausser
Ronnie Truss
Mark Wooding
Starring Angela Bettis
Brent Roam
Marco Rodríguez
Rance Howard
Juliet Landau
Music by Joseph Conlan
Cinematography Steve Yedlin
Editing by Andrew Cohen
Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment
Running time 95 min.
Country USA
Language English
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In spring of 2003, Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper announced he had plans to remake [[The Toolbox Murders]] (1978 film). Many in the horror community wondered why a veteran of the genre would want to remake a a film that many people considered one of the worst horror films ever. Hooper announced his cast as Angela Bettis from the cult hit May, and Juliet Landau,from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series. Sheri Moon (Baby, from a House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects) would be making a cameo. Many early reports of screenings were positive and many horror websites said this film will basically put Hooper back on the map. The film was originally rated NC-17, but quite a few gory moments were trimmed for an R rating. The scenes were released as extras on the US release of Toolbox Murders DVD. The majority of the film turned out to a in-name-only remake of the original. Toolbox Murders struck many Hooper fans and horror fans as a welcome return for Tobe Hooper who had been on a decline in films since the early 90's. Toolbox Murders recieved only a limited release in 2003 and 2004. The film was released on DVD in the United States in 2005. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Tobe Hooper (born Willard Tobe Hooper on January 25, 1943) is an American television and film director best known for his work in the horror film genre, including Lifeforce, Poltergeist, Toolbox Murders and the cult classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). ... Angela Bettis (born January 9, 1975 in Austin, Texas) is an American actress best known for her lead role in the horror film May, for which she received several Best Actress awards at various film festivals. ... Marco Rodríguez For other uses of this name, please Marco Rodriguez (disambiguation) Marco Rodríguez is a Hispanic actor. ... Rance Howard, born November 17, 1928 in Oklahoma, is an American actor who has starred in film and on television, appearing in over 100 films. ... Juliet Landau (born March 30, 1965) is an American actress. ... Andrew Cohen (b. ... Lions Gate redirects here, for other meanings see Lions Gate (disambiguation)‎. Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation, (usually renderred as Lionsgate), (NYSE: LGF) is an American entertainment company which originated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and now is headquartered in Santa Monica, California. ... The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a low-budget horror film, made in 1974 by director Tobe Hooper and starring Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Edwin Neal, Allen Danzinger, Paul A. Partain, and Jim Siedow. ... Angela Bettis (born January 9, 1975 in Austin, Texas) is an American actress best known for her lead role in the horror film May, for which she received several Best Actress awards at various film festivals. ... Juliet Landau (born March 30, 1965) is an American actress. ... For other uses, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation). ... Sheri Lyn Skurkis (born September 26, 1970 ) ) is an American actress. ... House of 1000 Corpses is a horror film written and directed by Rob Zombie, a Heavy Metal artist, making his debut as a movie director. ... The Devils Rejects is a 2005 horror film written and directed by Rob Zombie. ...


Tagline:

  • Every year, thousands of people come to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams. Some succeed. Some go home. And some just disappear.

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Plot

In Hollywood, the young teacher Nell (Bettis) and her husband, Steven (Roam), move to an old building called Lusman Arms. Some sixty years ago, the place was glamorous, but presently is completely decadent, inclusive many dwellers have disappeared along the years. While her husband is working in the hospital, the lonely Nell hears weird noises and becomes afraid of their home. While jogging, she is introduced and becomes close to her neighbor Julia Cunningham (Landau) and they schedule a hike together on the next day. Julia never shows up, and Nell looks for her in the building, finding a hiding block behind the wall, where an evil being, which was born from death, lives with many dead bodies. Angela Bettis (born January 9, 1975 in Austin, Texas) is an American actress best known for her lead role in the horror film May, for which she received several Best Actress awards at various film festivals. ... Juliet Landau (born March 30, 1965) is an American actress. ...


Cast

Angela Bettis (born January 9, 1975 in Austin, Texas) is an American actress best known for her lead role in the horror film May, for which she received several Best Actress awards at various film festivals. ... Marco Rodríguez For other uses of this name, please Marco Rodriguez (disambiguation) Marco Rodríguez is a Hispanic actor. ... Rance Howard, born November 17, 1928 in Oklahoma, is an American actor who has starred in film and on television, appearing in over 100 films. ... Juliet Landau (born March 30, 1965) is an American actress. ... Greg Travis is an actor and stand-up comedian based in the U.S.. He created the character of David Sleaze, The Punk Magician, in which he puts on a punk rock-style wig and does a variety of bad magic tricks using audience participation. ... Christopher Doyle (born May 2, 1952 in Sydney, Australia; Chinese name: 杜可風) is a highly acclaimed, multi-award winning cinematographer, known for his extreme angles and vanguard color grading. ... Sheri Lyn Skurkis (born September 26, 1970 ) ) is an American actress. ...

Trivia

  • Many consider this film to be one of Tobe Hooper's best since Poltergeist.
  • Hooper wanted to look very "Dario Argento like" in colors.
  • The tools in the toolbox belong to Tobe Hooper.
  • Lucky McKee was originally set to play the part of the killer, but dropped out to work on his own horror film The Woods.
  • The film, like many Hooper films has developed its own cult following.
  • Plans for a sequel were discussed, without Hooper's involvement. No other details on the sequel emerged.
  • This is Hooper's second out of three collabrations with writers Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson. The first was the creature feature Crocodile released in 2000. The third and last collabration was on the 2005 release of Mortuary.

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dario Argento (born September 7, 1940) is an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter. ... Lucky McKee in March 2007 Edward Lucky McKee[1] (born November 1, 1975) is an American director, writer, and actor, largely known for the 2002 film May, which has acquired a cult following. ... The Woods is a film directed by Lucky McKee. ...

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