Laid to Rest is shot extremely well and boasts some of the most graphic and inventive kill scenes since the golden age of the slasher film in the early eighties. There are solid supporting performances from Gage as well as Sean Whalen as mama’s boy/computer geek Steven. And there’s no denying that Chrome Skull is easily one of the most visually arresting, no-nonsense psychos to stalk his way through a horror flick in some time.
Hall seems to be trying for something with more depth and substance than your average stupid teen body count movie, but he’s just not a good enough writer to pull it off. He creates interesting characters, then falls back on the old horror movie cliché of having them suddenly turn into complete idiots because the movie needs to get to the next kill scene. And the whole amnesia thing is just a drag. Bobby Sue Luther isn’t a bad actress, but she lacks the presence necessary to make a character that’s a blank slate compelling. When we finally do learn the truth about her past, it hardly seems worth all the deaths it took to acquire the information. I appreciate the effort that went into making this, but in the end Laid to Rest just doesn’t cut it. **
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