Thursday, August 31, 2017

Film Review: Laid to Rest (2009)

Laid to Rest (Review)
United States/2009
Format Viewed For Review: Screambox
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"The film excels as a slasher..."

A woman awakens in a coffin at a funeral house without any recollection of the past. Worst of all, she finds herself targeted by a violent serial killer with a chrome mask...

Laid to Rest is a barebones slasher. The plot takes place over the course of one night. It begins with a woman (Bobbi Sue Luther) with amnesia waking up in a coffin at a funeral house. She dials 911, but she loses contact. Eventually, the mortician shows up. Before he can free the woman, he's impaled and we're introduced to our killer—Chromeskull, a man with a chrome mask and a camera mounted on his shoulder. The rest of the plot follows the woman, who is later known as 'Princess,' as she runs from place to place with a group of good Samaritans. She makes a lot of stupid decisions to move the plot along, too. It all leads to a decent climax and a bloody finale.

Laid to Rest isn't a movie you're going to watch for the plot. The story is simple to a fault and painfully contrived. It has far too many convenient moments and Princess is one of the dumbest characters I've seen in a while. I suppose the simplicity is good for something, though: the film is easy to pop in and watch, it doesn't take much more than that to enjoy it. Chromeskull is a decent antagonist, too, although his appearance is plain, except for his mask. Laid to Rest is a film you're going to watch if you're looking for a gory slasher. This film is filled with some very violent and creative death scenes, enough to keep you engaged from beginning to end. It's strange to write things like this, but: it's an exciting feeling to watch such over-the-top, gruesome deaths. There's also some much needed black humor sprinkled on top.

The acting ranges from mediocre to decent. Bobbi Sue Luther is a decent leading lady. She doesn't really have enough emotional energy during the more demanding scenes, but she's good enough. The choppy dialogue also hurts some of the performances. Some scenes were shot well, others didn't look so good. The music was decent, too. The film's practical effects are spectacular. If you love old-school, gory slashers, you'll love the effects in this one. The film was written and directed by Robert Green Hall. Robert appears to have done the bare minimum in terms of writing—it's derivative, contrived, and simple. However, thanks to his direction, Robert breathes life (or death) into this plain plot. He creates some suspense while delivering shocking death after death.

Overall, Laid to Rest is a good movie. The story isn't groundbreaking or even great, but it's good enough. The film excels as a slasher, though. It is tense, brutal, and bloody. This is an even better experience for fans of practical special effects. If you're looking for a gory slasher and don't mind a weak plot, this is for you.

Score: 6/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, some brief nudity.

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