September 20, 2011
Robert Hall and Kevin Bocarde
Brian Austin Green as Preston
Thomas Dekker as Tommy
Mimi Michaels as Jess
Owain Yeoman as King
Danielle Harris as Spann
Gail O'Grady as Nancy
Johnathon Schaech as Agent Sells
Nick Principe as ChromeSkull
In 2009 there was a film called Laid to Rest, a slasher film that was very fun with a credible villain and great gore effects. In that film girl awakes inside a coffin in a funeral home, and after she escapes she realizes that she has no memory of what transpired to put her there. After a very gory run with a slasher wearing a chrome mask, finding out she was a hooker in her past life, and surviving by swapping the glue that the masked killer uses to adhere his false face with acid, she survives. EnterChromeskull: Laid to Rest 2.
This film begins at the instant that the predecessor ends, but the killer didn’t die and he’s not done with The Girl, and will seemingly stop at nothing to violently kill everyone around her.
In the grand scheme of fun gory violence, Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 stands hands and shoulders above many in the sub-genre. The gorehounds, like me can yell, scream, laugh and applaud when experiencing great gory scenes, and the “torture porn” movies featuring graphic and uncomfortable slow-pain torture don’t quite cut it. I’m talking about Jason machete gore, zombies ripping a victim’s legs off gore, chases that end in a nubile co-ed peering around a corner only to get a dagger between the eyes – the good stuff. Keep in mind, while I love the goriest of the exciting gore films, I can’t watch a “reality TV” show about surgery without feeling nauseated… it’s not a desire to see true death and dismemberment, but horror movie death and dismemberment. Many of you Horror Freaks know exactly what I mean.
That kind of exciting “out of the blue” gore is what is in store in this film. The best gore in the world loses impact, however, if there is no feelings for the characters because, who do you root for? This film does a great job of letting the audience in with the characters just enough to ensure that we’ve got something at stake when the killer is engaged in sinister stalking. This is a point that can go unnoticed if there is sufficient character development to achieve the goal, but is sorely noticed if there is not. Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 is far from a deep character-driven drama and would not likely be lauded for the compelling characters, but again… the lack of development goes unnoticed, indicating to me that there is indeed a sufficient amount.
The villain in is credible, but somewhat without back story, which is the primary beef with the film and the primary reason that this one will not likely go on to 10 sequels. The longest standing villains also have development… it doesn’t excuse what they do, but at least we understand them better. Friday the 13th would not have survived beyond perhaps a few sequels without the backstory of the drowning boy because “they weren’t paying attention!” Chromeskull makes some attempts, but he’s no Jason.
In the end this film is fun, and sometimes, in the realm of horror, that’s enough. This film is appropriate as an alternative to mindless TV (Turn off Jersey Shore dammit!) or a group horror movie night, and just may become that guilty pleasure that makes it’s way to your DVD player occasionally when nobody is around.