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A terrifying story of a young girl who wakes up in a casket with a traumatic head injury and no memory of her identity. She quickly realizes she was abducted by a Deranged Serial Murderer and in an isolated rural town she must survive the night and outsmart the technologically inclined killer who is hellbent on finishing what he started.
According to Dread Central this is one of the best slasher films of recent years. Either they are horribly wrong or the slasher genre is in a seriously sorry state. Laid to Rest from writer-director, Robert Hall, is another nonsensical and dull low budget horror movie that is only partially saved by some decent makeup effects (which is unsurprising as Hall is a special effects artist by trade).
Opening with the protagonist trapped in a coffin and with no idea who she is or why she is there, soon the film simply descends into stock slasher territory. Although the opening is constantly referenced the character’s amnesia ultimately never seems particularly important to her battle for survival.
The movie’s lumbering antagonist…
I was in a box...
Some great gore, fantastic in some instances surrounded by some solid performances (for a low budget slasher) from the likes of Kevin Gage, Sean Whalen and Lena Headey. All this surrounds a lame final girl played by Bobbi Sue Luther and a lame killer.
Admittedly it's not easy to come up with a new "cool slasher", but ChromeSkull just comes off as something a 12 year would design. Visually he looks like a cheap Halloween costume with a knife and he has a cool car with a vanity license plate that says "ChromeSkull". That's kinda lame.
There was more thought in making him look cool rather then interesting with the final girl having amnesia and going by the name of Princess until she can remember her real name does not help matters much in the lameness department.
That gore though was top notch stuff.
"He wants to make me dead."
The majority of the acting is absolutely awful, especially the lead actress, and the script is diabolical (take the quote above as a prime example) but other than that Laid to Rest isn't too bad for a low budget feature at all. The make-up effects are essentially the sole aspect of this film that isn't completely terrible, they're surprisingly realistic for a film with this budget.
Oh, and an FYI to the filmmakers: all phones can make emergency calls regardless of whether they're password protected or not.
i'd rather lick one of my dog's shits than ever acknowledge this film again.
I've tried watching this a few times and can never get through it because it's pretty boring and a lot of it's shot too dark to tell what's going on.
The fact that this dude uses a web cam to film his murders seems pretty dated and it, sadly, made me remember "Halloween: Resurrection." That, combined with all the nu-metal soundtrack makes this feel like it's from 2001 rather than 2009.
None of the characters are interesting at all. It boasts a cool cast, but Thomas Dekker, Johnathon Schaech, Lena Headey and Richard Lynch barely even have cameos, so it really doesn't even count. All we're left with is Roach from "People Under the Stairs" and some dime-a-dozen failed-model-turned-actress. Blah.
Some of the gore is cool, but it's a bit too cg-heavy and a little too inspired by "Saw" or something.
Creating a cool slasher that will appeal to wide-audiences and impress die-hard fans of this tough-to-please sub-genre is a Herculean task. The majority of folks have seen it all before, and creating an original killer who does not rip-off the icons is something that many have failed at doing. Robert Green Hall succeeds at writing and directing a film that incorporates his very own iconic masked slasher in the making. His name is Chromeskull and he videotapes his murders with a shoulder-mounted camera. Chromeskull’s signature weapons are twin hunting knifes, and his favorite victims are attractive girls who he enjoys bringing to his lair for some sexy torture. Actually, the torture is not very sexy. The ladies being tortured are!…
Laid to rest
2.3/10 (Robert Hall, 2009) [United States]
Laid to Rest is the reason I stopped visiting Bloody-Disgusting.
It became obvious after the unwavering praise this received from the genre community. The horror genre can be devoid of any substance that makes cinema great as long as the gore is plentiful. I love cinema. I appreciate horror. This film is fundamentally lacking in both love and appreciation towards basic film making.
If Robert Green Hall had the intent of parody, he may have created the perfect study of horror absurdism. The lead known only as 'Princess' is anything but a protagonist. Reactionary in every scene, and barely that, she's not just a poor final girl, she's a poor human being. Meandering from character to character doing nothing but…
Okay so reviewing this film from memory yesterday made me want to watch it, which today I have done. And honestly I forgot how much fun some of the gore is here. I think I undersold Laid to Rest a little. It's still not amazing, and I more or less stand by what I said about it being paradoxically good and bad, but this most recent rewatch might be the one that finally gets me to watch the sequel.
Laid to Rest is an anomaly in the world of film. It somehow manages to be both totally endearing, and utterly forgettable. A paradox that has left me incapable of letting go of the movie, yet I also cannot recommend it. There's a sequel, but I haven't watched it yet, 'cause I can never remember what really happens in this one, so I feel like I'd be lost. But every time I rewatch Laid to Rest, I am not amped up enough to watch a sequel to it. But time goes by and I really look forward to watching it again. On and on goes the vicious cycle of Laid to Rest.
Davvero niente male questo slasher truculento (sin dall'incipit in medias res), dall'atmosfera soffocante, densa di nebbiolina e con un cattivone di tutto rispetto che filma ossessivamente le sue azioni con una videocamera. Gli effetti splatter sono efficaci e strappano qualche applauso. Certo, la sceneggiatura latita (e chissenefrega), ma l'intrattenimento regge e conduce in porto la pellicola. Mezzo punto in più per le tette della protagonista e per la mancanza di facili ironie.
i'd rather lick one of my dog's shits than ever acknowledge this film again.
Slasher movie with some great kills - some of the best I have seen in years, and all of them looked practical! Hero girl is pretty irritating, but I think it was the script's fault and not the actress - the character suffers some vicious head trauma before the movie starts and is confused and possibly slightly brain damaged throughout the film.
Eine Prostituierte wacht lebendig in einem Sarg auf. Sie weiß weder warum sie eingesperrt ist, noch wer sie eingesperrt hat. Doch nach ihrer Befreiung wird schnell klar, dass ihr ein sadistischer Serienkiller an den Fersen klebt und es gilt die Nacht zu überleben. Was sehr rudimentär klingt und auch rudimentär ist, ist ein Slasher des berüchtigen Special-Effekt-Künstlers Robert Hall, dessen Effektschmiede Almost Human schon einige große, aber vor allem viele Horrorfilme anvertraut wurden. Und das hat seine Gründe...
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