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* FlowerInHerHair: Vance sticks one in Laurie's.


Set in California in 1967, the film follows Vance Kingsley, an apartment complex owner who, several months prior to the events of the film, lost his teenage daughter Kathy in a car wreck, a tragedy which sent him spiraling into seclusion and a deep depression, which eventually led to religious mania. Convinced that God took his daughter due to her purity, and that it is ultimately a CrapsackWorld, Vance dons a trenchcoat, leather gloves and a ski mask and embarks on a killing spree through his apartments, gruesomely murdering female tenants who he views as "unsavory" and deserving of punishment with the assorted nasty contents of a toolbox, such as a drill, hammer, screwdriver and nail gun.

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Set in California in 1967, the film follows Vance Kingsley, Kingsley (Cameron Mitchell), an apartment complex owner who, several months prior to the events of the film, lost his teenage daughter Kathy in a car wreck, a tragedy which sent him spiraling into seclusion and a deep depression, which eventually led to religious mania. Convinced that God took his daughter due to her purity, and that it is ultimately a CrapsackWorld, Vance dons a trenchcoat, leather gloves and a ski mask and embarks on a killing spree through his apartments, gruesomely murdering female tenants who he views as "unsavory" and deserving of punishment with the assorted nasty contents of a toolbox, such as a drill, hammer, screwdriver and nail gun.


* TheUnreveal: Vance being the killer is incredibly obvious from the get-go due to his build and rather recognizable eyes.


* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: The sequel, which was in it for several years.


* DivorcedInstallment: The follow-up ''TBK: The Toolbox Murders 2'' morphed into one titled ''Coffin Baby''.


''The Toolbox Murders'' is a [[SlasherMovie slasher-esque]] film and VideoNasty released in 1978.

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''The Toolbox Murders'' is a [[SlasherMovie slasher-esque]] film and VideoNasty released in 1978.



* VideoNasty: The film was probably labeled one due solely to the title and Dee Ann's death.

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* TheUnreveal: Vance being the killer is incredibly obvious from the get-go due to his build and rather recognizable eyes.

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* AnachronismStew: Although the film is set in 1967, most of the vehicles in it are from the 1970s, according to the Internet Movie Cars Database.


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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Averted. The film was not created to capitalize on the crimes of the "Tool Box Killers," which in fact took place the year after it was released.


* BloodSpatteredInnocents: Maria getting covered in Deborah's blood, right before she's attacked.

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* BloodSpatteredInnocents: BloodSplatteredInnocents: Maria getting covered in Deborah's blood, right before she's attacked.


* SnuffFilm: Turns out Austin unknowingly recorded Julia's death via her hacked webcam.


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* FollowTheLeader: Producer Tony [=DiDio=] actually admitted the film was only made due to the success of ''The Texas Chain Saw Massacre''.


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* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Vance losing his daughter sets off the plot.

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