Just back from the Flashback Weekend convention in Rosemont, IL... The main feature at the Horrorama drive-in this evening was Tobe Hooper's retelling of the sleazy 70's slasher of the same title. The lovely Angela Bettis introduced the film as not being a remake, but simply a film using the same title and gritty look/feel, to which I would mostly agree. I had not read up much on this particular film...in fact, I didn't even know it was completed, so I got to see a new horror film with an untarnished mind for a change. Must add I was pleasantly surprised. Oh yeah the movie... Nell(Ms. Bettis) and her young doctor husband Steven have just moved from Rhode Island into a creepy old apartment building in L.A. The place is (allegedly) being renovated, the walls are acoustically transparent, and there are lots of quirky characters residing there. And plaques with strange symbols all around the joint. Oh...and I almost forgot, there are also murders. Gory f'ed up ones involving tools! YAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!! I enjoyed this film very much. Its a sadistic old school slasher. It reminded me quite a bit of Hooper's 'The Funhouse', but much gorier and less dull. Sure, the plot has its dumb and illogical moments...but I mean this film is called The Toolbox Murders...whattaya expect?!? There are red herrings galore and some cliches. However, the acting is alright, the camerawork and sets are atmospheric and spooky, even Argentoesque. And the killer is brutal...these aren't quick deaths, they hurt. Plus: no teenyboppers! If you enjoyed 'Hell Night' or 'My Bloody Valentine' I think you'll enjoy this. I'll give it 3 1/2 out of 5 claw-hammers in the head. Oh yeah, I said no spoilers, but I can tell ya what tools are included in this toolbox can't I? Claw hammer Nailgun Big F'ing power drill Rotary saw Quicklime(?) Bolt Cutters Ridiculously big rotary saw oh yeah...thats good times!