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.
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