Judge David Johnson recommends avoiding strange men in chrome skull masks.
Don't call him Chromedome. Just don't.
What's this? An entertaining, engaging slasher movie? Why, we haven't had one of them in these parts for some time!
Facts of the Case
A girl (Bobbi Sue Luther) wakes up in a casket, not knowing who she is or how she got there. She manages to escape, only to find herself in the middle of another nightmare: a crazed killer named Chromeskull is stalking her and murdering anyone that gets in his way. She has no clue what this wacko wants, only that he wears a skull mask made of chrome, sports a shoulder-mounted video camera and can do truly disgusting things with his serrated knife.
In her desperate escape attempt she encounters two helpful strangers, a gruff man named Tucker (Kevin Gage), who saw his wife carved up, and Steven (Sean Whalen), an antsy computer nerd mourning the recent death of his mother. Along the way some folks die in truly horrendous ways.
I haven't been this jazzed over a horror movie in a long time. Kids, if you're looking for an inventive, sick as all get out thrill-ride I cannot recommend Laid to Rest highly enough. In fact, I'm so over the moon with this movie I'm going to employ a dated, corny expression and say that, yes, Laid to Rest is all that and a bag of chips. Argh, you see what you've made me do Anchor Bay? Do you see what I've become?!
Let's break this down:
Why I think Laid to Rest is half a loaf of awesome
• The Good Guys
• The Bad Guy
• The Kills
All of these work together along with a simple but effective chase-movie set-up to build a well-paced, dynamic piece of slasher filmmaking. Laid to Rest is not to be missed—I don't care how jaded a horror fan you may be.
The film looks great, transferred in a healthy 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and supplemented by an active 5.1 Dolby Digital surround mix. Extras: commentary from Robert Hall and his wife/producer/star Bobbi Sue Luther, a behind-the-scenes documentary, deleted scenes, a featurettes on the special effects and bloopers.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
Laid to Rest falls short of being a total slam dunk. Hall lost a hold of the climax, which runs out of energy and is hampered by clichéd stupid good guy decision making (shoot him in the chest, not in the bulletproof metal mask!). Chromeskull's fate is settled in an awkward, unsatisfying manner.
Highly recommended for fans of the genre and anyone clamoring for a blood-soaked thrill ride. Emphasis on the blood-soaked.
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Studio: Anchor Bay
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