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LAID TO REST
2009 / Horror
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Directed by Robert Hall
Written by Robert Hall
Starring Bobbi Sue Luther, Kevin Gage, Sean Whalen and Nick Principe

A young woman wakes up in a casket with a traumatic head injury and no memory of her identity. She quickly realizes she was abducted by a deranged killer and in an isolated rural town she must survive the night and outsmart the technologically inclined killer who is hellbent on finishing what he started.

The following tags are associated with this movie: Slasher
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Laid to Rest (2009)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

8 / 10
This is one of the better modern slasher movies out there. The kills are extremely violent, not shying away from blood and gore. The acting can be a bit flimsy at times but is suited fine to a film of this nature and budget. Chromeskull, the deranged killer in this movie, leaves much to be desired in terms of his backstory, which is eventually touched on in the sequel.

Laid To Rest understands its demographic well for a slasher movie of its era. It's a fast-paced adrenaline ride of terror with many shock kill sequences that are likely to generate vocal reactions.
Laid to Rest (2009)
Review by Michael Mahoney

8 / 10
Laid to Rest is a film I've seen once, perhaps twice, before, and I always appreciated the heavy gore while constantly mocked some of the dialogue (“He wants to make me dead,” and “I woke up in a dead box”). This rewatch pretty much cements that, as the gore is pretty top-notch, but the story isn't particularly deep, and the gore can only do so much.

The main cast of characters is mostly fine. There was only one performance I actually really liked, being Kevin Gage's nice-guy Tucker, but the others did adequately. Bobbi Sue Luther's character was drugged during most of the film, so she often went into incoherent hysterics, and I generally couldn't stand her, but the performance itself is fine. Sean Whalen (Roach from The People Under the Stairs, interestingly enough) consistently reminded me of Steve Buscemi, and his character was okay. Lastly, Lena Headey (famous for playing Cersei on Game of Thrones) was fun to see, if only because she was almost likable in this role.

It's a good thing that the cast is competent, because without the cast, we'd be stuck with just the gore. Now, make no mistake, the gore is great, but the cast allows the movie as a whole to come across as more full.

As for my favorite spot of gore, it's hard to say. The tire sealant portion was perhaps the most grisly, but the scene in which a character rips his face off, or another one with a solid disembowelment, stand out positively also. Even some of the bodies in the film, of previous victims, are solidly gruesome, with plenty of dismembered and decapitated corpses just lying in deadboxes - sorry, coffins - for your eyes to behold.

Laid to Rest is decently quick-paced, so while the film runs about 86 minutes or so, it doesn't feel like a chore to get through. There aren't really any terribly slower moments, and action can be found throughout. The twisty twist at the end didn't really do much for me, and didn't really change anything, but at least we finally got some backstory on the girl (as for the killer, we never find out a single thing about him, aside from the fact he's prolific and sadistic).

For a somewhat repetitive film, Laid to Rest is decent. If you're a slasher and a gorehound, I suspect that you've probably already seen this one, but if not, I'd recommend giving it a go. I personally wish the movie had a bit more to it, but after having seen it multiple times, I still somewhat enjoy it. 7.5/10 (rounded up to 8/10 to fit site's format).
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