Laid to Rest is a 2009 American slasher horror film written and directed by special makeup effects artist Robert Hall (Teen Wolf [two episodes]; Fear Clinic). The Dry County Films production stars Bobbi Sue Luther, Kevin Gage and Sean Whalen.
A sequel, ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2, followed in 2011, with a second sequel, Laid to Rest: Exhumed, announced for 2018.
A young woman with amnesia breaks out of a coffin in a funeral home, and dials 911 in the morgue. The mortician appears but is impaled by a man equipped with a chrome skull mask, and a shoulder-mounted camera. The girl stabs ChromeSkull in the eye and runs off while he treats his wound.
The woman is picked up by Tucker, who takes her home to his wife Cindy, and promises her that they will go to the sheriff’s station in the morning, as Tucker’s truck is low on gas, and their phone service has been cut off…
” … ChromeSkull’s kills, proportioned out fairly evenly through the movie’s running time, are suitably bloody and vicious. Music is provided by the likes of Suicidal Tendencies and Deadbox, if that tells you anything about the tone of Laid to Rest. All in all, it’s an aggressive movie. The only drawback is that the movie contrives a lot of convenient coincidences to keep the plot rolling.” DVD Talk
“If anything will get people talking about Laid to Rest, it’s the gore. The gags that director Robert Hall—an FX guy in his own right—and his talented team of effects gurus concoct are both unique and revolting … There’s a lot more, each successive murder more gruesome than the one that preceded it and they’re all executed brilliantly.” DVD Verdict
“Laid to Rest does have some minor issues with pacing at first but really finds its stride about 30 minutes in and just keeps moving along until the very end. What I like here is that 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.” Dread Central
“After some of the most evocative and terrifying open credits of any movie, featuring both topless victims and a butchered torso, there’s no letup in Laid to Rest.” Death by Umbrella! The 100 Weirdest Horror Movie Weapons
Cast and characters:
Bobbi Sue Luther as The Girl/Princess Gemstone
Kevin Gage as Tucker Smith (Amusement; Fear Clinic)
Sean Whalen as Steven
Johnathon Schaech as Johnny
Thomas Dekker as Tommy
Nick Principe as ChromeSkull / Jesse Cromeans
Jana Kramer as Jamie
Lucas Till as Young Store Clerk
Seraphine DeYoung as Bound Girl
Anthony Fitzgerald as Anthony
Richard Lynch as Mr Jones
Lena Headey as Cindy Smith