Monday, 1 October 2012

31 Days Of Horror - Day 1: Laid To Rest (2009)

A young girl wakes up in a casket with a traumatic head injury and no memory of her identity. She quickly realizes she's been abducted. In an isolated rural town she must survive the night and outsmart the technologically inclined killer who is hell-bent on finishing what he started.

It's very rare that any movie given the tag of a slasher film will shock us, it can become a case of 'seen one, seem them all', there's been so many releases based on this premise that it's not surprising. With "Laid To Rest" I finally felt like I was witnessing a grand return of everything we love about slashers.

Now don't get me wrong this film is no Oscar winning blockbuster, the acting isn't the greatest, but we've seen a-lot worse. The main focus here is the story, the script is as solid as cement and I feel we've been given a new Horror icon.

That new icon is our killer 'ChromeSkull', now that maybe a bold statement to make but he has all the makings of being along-side some of our loved slasher icons. His presence on screen makes for great tension and intimidation and as soon as you see that red light you know something great is about to happen.

The effects in the film are great and the kill scenes are some of the best I've seen for a long time, I feel they weren't afraid of pushing the boundaries. The gore factor of the film will please the splatter fans, usually the gore is used to cover a weak story but not in this film. With "Laid To Rest" it adds so much more to it and for once you feel it would be a bad thing if there was little of it.

Full credit to the cast and crew for doing an amazing job, especially Robert Hall who wrote a great script and also directed the film, He's definitely one to keep an eye on for the future. I cant miss out the effects crew either as they truly did some amazing work, you only have to see the kill scenes to realise that.

This is a film for cult Horror fans, if you haven't watched it at-least give it a try, I'm glad I did. It's definitely at the high end of the low budget spectrum.

If you want to see the "Laid To Rest" trailer then just click on the video below:

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