Sunday, March 21, 2010

Laid to Rest (2009)

LAID TO REST stood the chance to become one of the next big franchises during the Slasher resurgence led by HATCHET in 2006, but all of the film's potential is lost to a lackluster plot, poorly written characters, and worse acting. Robert Hall's directorial debut in LIGHTNING BUG delivered all of the heart and originality that this follow-up lacked, where LAID TO REST is just a conventional retread of its Slasher brethren that gives way to a tedious cat and mouse chase with no rewarding payoff. Luther's awful performance as the final girl divests the audience from her lead within the opening act, which is a fault that neither the film nor the characters recover from the remainder of the run time. Nick Principe carries Chrome Skull perfectly on the other hand, proving to be both intimidating and terrifying in his body movements and mannerisms as the character. If there is one thing Hall knows best, however, it is gore and special FX, and LAID TO REST doesn't disappoint when it comes to bloody deaths and splatter. With necks being severed and heads being slices in half, there is just enough gore to warrant at least a single viewing. Despite its failings, it is still refreshing to find an uncomplicated revival of the popular 80s sub-genre, but it is not the Slasher classic it could have been.

Rating: 5/10.
Gore: 8/10.
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9 comments:

  1. I'm sure if I watched it I'd enjoy it...I'm easily blinded by gore into liking a film (although I didn't like Hatchet much).

    - Zac

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  2. This movie was awful. The chick that played the lead (the directors wife).... so fucking bad.

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  3. SOUNDS FUN TO ME, I MIGHT NEED TO GIVE IT AGO, I LIKE THE GORE,,,

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  4. I have been knocking this lower and lower in my Netflix queue lately, but perhaps I'll give it a shot based on your 9/10 gore rating alone!

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  5. The effects are amazing, some of the best I have seen in quite awhile. I enjoyed the movie and think it is quite fitting as an homage to 80s slashers. The story does leave a bit to be desired, but so do 99% of slashers. The face cutting scene has to be seen to be believed, simply awesome.

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  6. Agreed, a bland and forgettable flick with stunning FX and a really cool slasher. Worth watching for the gore alone though, some of the most impressive gags I've ever seen.

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  7. You already know my thoughts, Carl, but at least you enjoyed it a little more than I did. It's worth at least a watch for some of the gore and the original looking killer. But outside of that, meh.

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  8. Terrible film, only the gore is cool. The direction and acting is terrible. The villain looked cool and the mask is genius...but the movie itself is blah.

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