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Not Scary But True,
This review is from: The Toolbox Murders [DVD] (DVD)
I can only assume the reason this film was banned was because of police embarrassment or as respect to the real life victims. Brief glimpses of a masked madman with various drill attachements setting about murdering the neighbours in a quiet suburban area then kidnapping the daughter of one of the deceased should lead to a mass murder hunt. In this case one detective was deemed to be enough.
The clues: The killer only had to forcefully enter the home of one of the three victims. The kidnapped girl bore an uncanny resemblance to the tragically lost daughter of the properties owner. The owner & his nephew were carrying out repairs to their properties at the time. The nephew was provided with a huge toolbox to carry out these repairs.
The faults: Cameron Mitchell [Uncle Buck] spilt more blood in the High Chaparral but sang just as badly. When the brother of the kidnapped girl suggested that the killer may have a key to the properties & could indeed be the owner our lone detective fell about laughing.
To sum up: The fact that the story is based on true events makes you feel less disappointed. As a docu-drama it is passable. As a horror film if this scares you i expect black & white Mummy/Werewolf presentations have the same effect. I am in the Excalibur/Alien lover class [but Disney's Big Red had me wailing] and love the modern cinema's gruesome effects. So sadly if you are like me & love being scared don't bother with this tame effort but if you don't like sleeping in the dark it's not for you either.
A definite MISS that should have been left undisturbed. JimP