Director – Robert Hall
Cast – Bobbi Sue Luther, Kevin Gage, Lena Headey, Sean Whalen, Richard Lynch, Johnathan Schaech, Thomas Dekker, Nick Principe
Release Year – 2009
Reviewed by John of the Dead
This film is a reminder that you can still find some DTV(Direct To Video) horror flicks that don’t utterly suck. Countless trips to local rental stores have left many of us skeptical of these flicks we see with such cool DVD covers, because most of them suck. “Laid to Rest” manages to give us a pretty original killer with a ton of gore. You wont get much more than that from this film, and frankly, you don’t need more than that!
“Laid to Rest” follows a young girl who wakes up in a coffin with a gash on her head and no recollection of who she is, where she is from, and where she is at. Soon enough she realizes that she is being hunted by a technologically advanced serial killer with a taste for gore and dismemberment. She must then band together with a few locals in the rural town if ANY of them wish to make it through the night.
After hearing good stuff about this film, and that is was really gory, I was pretty stoked to finally check this one out. It lived up to its gory reputation and interesting killer, but that is about it. I expected more from this film as far as story, but everything else in this film was sufficient enough for me to give this a moderate to positive rating.
Interesting killer I say? Yes, very interesting. Our antagonist in this film wears a chrome skull as a mask, and dons the shiniest, GORIEST looking knife it’s side of the Mason-Dixon Line. But wait, it gets better! He really KNOWS how to use this weapon of choice. The kills in this film were downright amazing, and I honestly would expect no less given this film is written and directed by Robert Hall, a veteran in makeup and special effects in the film industry. To put this into perspective, I saw kills I have NEVER seen in any other horror film. I can also honestly say I saw a kill I never thought I would see, EVER! Ever seen a bottle of Fix-A-Flat used to cause someone’s head to explode? You’ll get that in this film.
So why the beef with this film’s story? Well…simply put, there isn’t much of one. We never get any insight into who the killer is or why he is doing what he does. The dialogue in this film could have been improved as well. Slasher flicks usually have some silly dialogue, but this film swayed between silly and serious too many times for me to enjoy it. I will give some cred to Robert Hall for his creative antagonist in this film. The technology used by the killer was pretty unique, I did not personally love this aspect, but it provided a fresh breath given most of the killers we get in these films are unoriginal. The acting in this film was also a bit shotty but this is a low budget DTV flick, which means you can’t go in expecting awesome performances.
Overall, this is a positive film that I suggest fans of the slasher genre watch if you want to see an interesting killer, and some sweet kills. Gorehounds, this film is for you. Give this one a watch.