Cult slasher no longer indexed One of Stephen King’s favorite horror films appears for the first time uncut with FSK 18

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Also known in this country as “The Killer with the Drill”, “ The Toolbox Murders ” premiered in 1978 – and thus in the same year as “ Halloween ”. But it didn’t even begin to garner the attention that was given to John Carpenter’s milestone slasher. And Germany is one of those countries in which the film has always had a particularly difficult time: First, in the German translation of the eponymous tool box , only the drill remained, before another tool also conspired against it: the scissors. That’s exactly what was scheduled for the film by TV director Dennis Donnelly(«The A-Team», «Charlie’s Angels») to be able to publish in this country.

The unabridged version of «The Toolbox Murders» ended up on the index in Germany in 1983 and was even indexed again in the course of a re-examination in 2008. Even after a quarter of a century, during which the viewing habits of viewers changed and the audience became accustomed to ever more drastic depictions of violence, the authorities refused to release the uncut version. But after a good 40 years, «The Toolbox Murders» still received the blessing of the FSK and was released uncut from the age of 18. Finally.

Banned in numerous countries: One of the most disturbing films of all time is released unabridged with an 18 rating — strictly limited!

The film, which horror pope Stephen King, by the way, counts among his favorite horror films, can now be released completely uncut — and that’s exactly where it will end up soon. In any case, the distributor Colors of Entertainment announced on Facebook last January that it would publish the «rough slasher» for the first time including 4K scanning in the media book. However, there are no further details on this yet.

This is The Toolbox Murders

A series of murders has shaken Los Angeles: several women have already fallen victim to the brutal stranger, who always wears a ski mask and keeps his murder instruments in a tool box — but there is hardly a trace. Until one day, 15-year-old Laurie ( Pamelyn Ferdin ) disappears without a trace and her brother Joey ( Nicolas Beauvy ) decides to get to the bottom of the matter. Suspicion quickly falls on the strange Kingsley ( Wesley Eure ), but before Joey knows it, he too is in grave danger…

Cal Am Artists Cult slasher: «The Toolbox Murders» is now unabridged assassinations

A young woman named Laurie on the run from a psychopathic killer? Yes, that was seen in two films in 1978 (once again: «Halloween»). Not only that, like the Carpenter classic, the Toolbox Murders were revisited in the 2000s by none other than cult director Tobe Hooper :

» «The Toolbox Murders» remake at Amazon *
» » Toolbox Murders» Double Feature Mediabook at Amazon *

The remake of the same name by the creators of «Poltergeist» and «Texas Chainsaw Massacre» had it much easier in Germany than the original, was approved by the FSK from the age of 18 and has been available unabridged as an HD remastered DVD since December 2021. the ones that are currently available for five slim euros. The Austrian label ’84 Entertainment has also released both films uncut in a double media book.

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