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Laid to Rest (2009)
This movie has more to it than meets the eye...
Now after I finished watching Robert Hall's "Laid to Rest", I was surprisingly pleased. Pleased in the sense that I had just watched a decent slasher flick, AND pleased in the sense that I found a fun way to "kill" 90 minutes (no pun intended). And boy, do I mean it when I say FUN! Because this movie has all sorts of crazy crap thrown at you. There's stabbings, disembowelment, stabbings, face removals, stabbings... Did I mention stabbings? If your a gore-hound and love a good ol' knife to the throat, than this movie will definitely be your cup of tea. Oh and the gore... The make-up/special effects work for this film was done by Hall's own studio, "Almost Human Inc.", and I have to say, they did a GREAT job. First off, all the gore effects in this movie are practical. None of that stupid CGI crap. Second off, the practical effects are done well, and obviously had a lot of hard work and care put into them. As for acting, it's what you'd come to expect from a direct-to-video horror movie. Ranging from good to sub-par at best. Although their are a couple of performances that stand out. The first is the late-great Richard Lynch who, while having little screen time, is frigging' Richard Lynch and is awesome. Those who think otherwise can go sit in a bathtub full of rusty scissors. The second is Sean Whalen. Now Whalen's character could basically be described as a mix between Buster Bluth from "Arrested Development", and Norman Bates from "Psycho". You know, the kind of sad, "I do whatever mother tells me" kind of guy. Now he's like BOTH of them, because he seems to have both the pathetic and odd charm of Buster, and the creepy thoughts of Norman. Now throw in a some fun line delivery and blood, and that's basically Whalen's performance. As far as plot goes, "Laid to Rest" centers on a unnamed women who awakens disorientated in a casket. After breaking out of the casket the women discovers she can't remember who she is and that she's also being pursued by a serial killer. That's all I'm going to reveal, as I don't want to spoil the film for first time viewers. As far as slasher flick's go, the plot is relatively different. While it is true that at its base core it is just a movie about a girl fleeing from a maniac, this movie has enough twists and turns to keep it from seeming generic or unoriginal. With what first appear to be plot holes, are quickly explained and more importantly, make sense. The music, cinematography, and direction are also not half-bad. All in all, if you go into "Laid to Rest", and expect John Carpenter's "Halloween", than you're gonna probably hate it. But if you want to just sit down with a couple of friends and watch a good old fashion slasher movie and have a fun way to spend an hour and a half, than maybe you'll be as thoroughly surprised as I was.