The uncut original version, never seen in the UK before and better than the very underrated remake from Tobe Hooper. A masked utility man is stalking a LA apartment building. He seems to be choosing woman at random to dispatch and is using a selection of building tools to do this. From a nail gun, to a power drill he seems bent on destroying them. When however one is kidnapped and kept in his home, two young men will set out to solve the mystery of the murder and the reason for such brutal acts.
Having only seen this film in its truncated form, I was interested to see what was left out by the BBFC in the late 90s. The nail gun was placed on the barbaric list of unwatchable, corrupting fare. It isn’t horrific but actually adds to the motivation of our murderer oddly. Anyway, The Toolbox Murders mediates a very thin line of awful and absurd well. It structures a monster out of a man and adds empathy and pathos. It might play its opening act for a little longer than required but the times required that. The idea stands up to some of the more robust scrutiny when we have the central exposition scene and Cameron handles it very well. Visually it is very complex and deviates from those dull frames and compositions. While many films of the era drench themselves in various rigid conventions, this at least toys with making them work a little harder and wider than prior.
The Blu ray is pretty good. The 4K looks a lot better than that grubby VHS I saw. The colour corrected and balanced to heighten those lovely filters. The real sellers for me though were the excellent commentary that brings two very good film commentators to the fore and that Booklet that I would say is well worth hunting for. All in all A must buy!
- New 2017 4K Transfer from Positive Elements in correct 1.85:1 Theatrical Aspect Ratio
- Additional Expert Colour Correction
- DTS-HD MA 5.1 Remix
- LPCM Stereo Audio
- Optional English Subtitles
- Slashback Memories – David Del Valle Remembers Actor Cameron Mitchell
- Flesh and Blood – An Interview with Actress Kelly Nichols
- Audio Commentary with Slasher Expert and author of Teenage Wasteland, Justin Kerswell, moderated by Calum Waddell
- Theatrical Trailer
- Booklet Notes
- Reversible Sleeve with alternate artwork
- Region Code: B
- Picture Format: HD 1.85:1
- Audio Format: DTS-HD MA 5.1 & LPCM Stereo
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Certification: 18
- Running Time: 93 Mins Approx