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LAID TO REST – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies, USA with tags , , , , , , , on September 3, 2009 by goregirl

laid to rest dvdI caught a screening of ‘Laid To Rest’ at the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear. The meet and greet was before the screening which was a little weird for me, since I hadn’t actually seen the film. I didn’t really have anything to ask them so I just took their pictures. The film was on my list to see and had been out on DVD for a while. I jumped at the chance to see it on a bigger screen then my T.V. The director, Robert Hall and the two cast members, Thomas Dekker and Nick Principe seemed really psyched to be at the show and have a chance to promote their film. ‘Laid To Rest’ is a nod to 80’s slasher cinema and is for horror fans who don’t need a motive and a deep story. Sometimes its fun to just get stabby for stabby sake.

A woman wakes up inside a coffin and finds herself in a morgue. She doesn’t know who she is or how she got there but manages to escape her captor. The ruthless killer, equipped with some nasty ass knives and a chrome skull mask violently massacres everyone who crosses his path as he pursues the female victim who eluded him.
laid to rest still
There’s some hardcore graphic scenes of violence mainly delivered by Chromeskull’s knives. He stabs and slashes, shoves it through cheeks and saws open throats with the handy tools. Knives are so multi-functional! We don’t learn much about chromeskull and his motives, but Who the hell cares? He’s a menacing figure that glues a chrome skull mask to his face. What more do you need to know? Bobby Sue Luther, who plays “the girl” is unitentionally campy. She is definitely the weakest cast member. Fortunately they gave her a bump on the head that could explain away much of her interactions. That may sound like a bad thing but it actually adds to it’s retro feel. A bit of bad acting never really hurt an 80’s slasher and it doesn’t here either. The supporting cast are actually quite good. Kevin Gage who plays Tucker, walks with a cane and despite his grief and trauma, manages to pull it together enough to act reasonably. He seems like a pretty decent bloke. I found myself actually caring whether he lived or died. Sean Whalen, provides some comic relief playing Steven; a nervous sort who doesn’t appear to get out much. Even the daft white boys, listening to rap on their way to a rave, were pretty entertaining.
Nick Principe (chromeskull) and director Robert Hall pose for a picture
I could have lived without the films opening credits. Flashing shaky clips of carnage to loud music was a bit over dramatic. It didn’t merge well with the films opening scene. I had some issue with the reveal of “the girl” but it would be a spoiler if I got specific about it. There are some decent moments of intensity scattered throughout. ‘Laid To Rest’ doesn’t rely on false scares. There are no cats jumping out of cupboards or loud sudden sounds. The best part is the gore. The effects are quite impressive, especially considering the moderate budget. The kills are nasty and messy and there is a significant body count to keep a slasher fan interested. The film keeps a pretty steady pace without much downtime. There are minor flaws but I really enjoyed ‘Laid To Rest’. This one is for horror fans only. Recommended!

Dungeon Rating: 3.5/5

Directed By: Robert Hall

Starring: Bobbi Sue Luther, Kevin Gage, Lena Headey, Sean Whalen, Richard Lynch, Johnathon Schaech, Thomas Dekker and Nick Principe