"Laid To Rest" DVD
To Rest" DVD cover
I EXPECT more out of
Anchor Bay than this. Really I do. Anchor Bay has been responsible
for giving me a LOT of positively amazing stuff, from Hatchet
to Behind the Mask and a host of other nifty pieces. The Anchor
Bay name has always meant quality to me. Quality. Innovation.
A never-ending flood of high-quality top-drawer titles.
The LAST thing I expect
from them is cheesy slasher flicks.
And today, we're talking
Laid To Rest, a cheesy slasher flick involving a fellow with the
charming nom de boucherie of Chromeskull. It's even on his vanity
license plate, for crying out loud. Anyway, Chromeskull has this
charming habit of filming his kills via the shoulder-mounted video
camera he constantly carries around, and as such, he's racked
up quite a set of tapes. But for a young woman who just woke up
in a coffin, she may well be the first one to get away from Chromeskull.
Now, Chromeskull's got to catch up to the one that got away, and
anyone else around her, who will also be getting killed in a loud,
First off, I don't
know what the deal with this chick is, the one played by Bobbi
Sue Luther, actor and producer. Because apparently she also lost
about fifty IQ points in her tango with Chromeskull, insisting
people call her Princess Gemstone on the strength of vague memories
of a childhood toy. She's also forgotten how to speak like an
adult, calls caskets "dead boxes" and is quite thoroughly
confident that the "police lady" is the answer to all
Worse, Robert Hall
clearly didn't have a lot of editing help with this beastie because
he's left a goodish number of plot holes in the piece. Really
baffling plot holes, like how does Stephen have an online connection
in the middle of the country but no telephone? It's sure not cable,
and I saw neither dish nor antenna around his house. Or how impossibly
sharp is Chromeskull's knife that he can cut a person's skull
in half at the jawline? Or better yet, how does a small convenience
store in the middle of nowhere stock microcassettes for Chromeskull's
camera AND every kind of ammunition EXCEPT the kind the people
trying to escape Chromeskull need, .45 ACP?
There are entirely
too many problems with Laid To Rest. Thankfully, they're small,
it's just that there's a great whopping LOT of them. When you
add this to an overall lackluster presentation to begin with,
you get a recipe for disaster.
Especially when you
add on the ending, where everyone just seems sort of confused
for a while, then the credits start in.
The special features
include audio options, a commentary track, English subtitles,
a making of featurette, a special effects featurette, deleted
scenes, a blooper reel, and a collection of trailers, most of
which can only be accessed by starting the DVD. I wish they'd
start making the trailers accessible from the DVD again, frankly.
All in all, this warmed-over
drivel isn't worthy of Anchor Bay. I expect more from them, I
really do, and half-baked slasher fare just doesn't cut it.
Directed by Robert Hall
Written by Robert Hall
Starring Lena Headey, Bobbi Sue Luther, Kevin Gage, Sean Whalen
Produced by Bobbi Sue Luther, Chang Tseng
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