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Director Hall was able to create a slasher film with characters we care about but definitely doesn't take anything too seriously either, giving horror fans a movie that's both entertaining and a lot of fun to watch.
A god awful movie dripping with potential and a villain that can be absolutely iconic if implemented creatively...
[Strikes] an effective balance between strong characters and excellent gore.
What I like here is that Hall was able to create a slasher film with characters we care about but definitely does not take anything too seriously either.
Earns a comfortable spot next to Hatchet, Cold Prey, and Behind the Mask as a basic but sincere "love letter" to the best of the '80s horror flicks
Well executed low-budget Slasher film that is a fine throwback to the genres heyday. This film boasts a sick, demented and brutal killer that belongs in the same category as Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Kruger. This film is perfect for people for an effective and brutal slasher where it showcases a brand new killer, instead of giving us the same old horror icons in disappointing remakes. For those looking for a bloody good time, then this is the film to check out. The picture has its flaws, but it does what many remakes fail to do, and that's to entertain the viewer. The film does rely on the classic Slasher film formula, but gives it a modern twist and it pays off. Acting wise, the actors aren't the best, but who cares? They're meant to be the victims here and get killed off. They won't win any Oscars any time soon. Chromeskull is an effective killer that belong in the horror killer hall of fame, he is one of the best on-screen killers in recent memory. Director Robert Hall direction is impressive, and though Laid to Rest is short on great plot, it more than makes up for it with bloody, gross kills that will certainly make horror fans relish. What's great with this film is that no specific motive is given to the killer in order to kill. Every other killer in the Slasher genre back in the day seemed to have a motive, Jason Voorhees wanted revenge for the death of his mom, Freddy Krueger wanted to punish the kids of the parents to kill him and so on. Michael Myers had to kill his sister to make the voices in his head stop. However with Chromeskull no reason is given and I think it adds a lot more to the enjoyment of the film as it makes you wonder what his motives are. This is a very entertaining horror film that should be seen if you're tired by the countless uninspired films in the genre.
Better than your average slasher these days. The kills are brutal and gory, and the plot has a bit of intrigue, though the killer only has vague references to his backstory. It was also refreshing to have a likable bunch of characters for a change that you could root for. As for the killer - Chromeskull - I wasn't too convinced, he looked the part but didn't across as a formidable beast like others from the slasher genre. This one is definitely worth a look though.
Each to their own, I enjoyed this Movie over all.
Robert Hall, director of Laid to Rest, sure worked wonders with a budget of this kind. Even for being shot on digital, the cinematography was tight. The lighting was top-notch, everything so dark, and atmospherically creepy. I'm not sure if this film was blown to 16mm in post, but in many aspects it sure as hell looked that way, and even 35 in some parts(especially near the end inside the grocery store). I was also a fan of Robert Hall's previous film, "Lightning Bug", which is completely different from Laid to Rest, but it seems his budget decreased immensely this time around, and although Lightning Bug was low budget as well, production value just seemed to be lacking in comparison. And that's no complaint on my part at all, but someone please give this guy a chunk of change quickly! I'm sure any production company would be in good hands with a man as quite as talented as this.
The acting here was as good as it could've been. And I'm surprised the cast took this movie as seriously as they did. This could have easily been another cheap hack job, given it's budget and predictable storyline, but on the contrary everything was handled very professionally. The director must have been very passionate about his work, and good performances only come from good direction, which most certainly shows in the outcome. Not to say that the performances were fantastic, far from it actually, but it wasn't unbearable, in fact, it was fun and delightful. Not flawless of course, and like most horror films, done on a more cheesy level, but keeps your eyes peeled and not sighing with utter disbelieve. It was decent all round, but given the material that was laid on the table, they did a fantastic job at it.
The gore in this movie is ridiculous. Laid to Rest is a bloodbath, with some insanely inventive kills. It was also refreshing to see that they didn't use much CGI at all. They kept this shit old school. My type of horror movie! The only part to my recollection where CG was used full throttle was the scene in the grocery store where oxygen like fluids were pumped into a guy's skull, making his head explode. Sounds delicious doesn't it? Well it is. One CG boo-boo, but no big deal. It looked good enough and this movie was a blood filled, fun, all-out gore fest.
The killer himself was badass and I really dug his chrome skull mask. He was unapologetic, smart, quick and violent. I can see them making his character as part of a franchise. Although it was later explained he had some sort of reasoning to his madness, a full motive and back-story were never really offered, and I wish it would have been. Even still, he was one evil maniac. Maybe a few sequels to follow will acquaint us more with this psychopath. I sure hope so, cause I really dug this movie. Even with all it's flaws, it's still fun as hell!
I highly recommend Laid to Rest to all die hard horror fans.
"Laid to Rest is a fast paced, gore drenched slasher that exists solely to show off some truly impressive death effects. God bless it for that."
- Upcoming Horror Movies
"While Laid to Rest does have it's flaws, it's a horror film that is very entertaining and does have it's fare share of scares and plenty of blood, guts and gore. I had a fun time watching it and I think the majority of horror fans will enjoy this one as well."
- The Horror Review
"With Laid to Rest he's delivered a movie that is a masterpiece of mayhem and carnage. It's wall-to-wall blood, grue, and good times! Highly recommended!"
- Dread Central
"Hall pulls out all the stops on what has got to be one of the most violent slasher films in decades. Make no mistakes about it; if you?re looking for cutting edge (literally) brutality then look no further than Rob Hall and his team at Almost Human. These guys are killing it on screen. I almost needed a shower after I was done watching every blood soaked frame of this film."
"Even if the slightly artsy stuff doesn't thrill you, you can take comfort in the fact that Laid to Rest is actually pretty creepy. And quite impressively gory."
"Laid to Rest is a wild ride from start to finish. Delivering more than enough gore to satisfy genre fans and with Hall continuing to show a real talent behind the camera, it represents the kind of visceral thrills which have sadly only too often been missing in horror films of recent years."
- Beyond Hollywood
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