CHROMESKULL: LAID TO REST 2 (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Brian Austin Green
What's it about
Chromeskull is back, baby..and he's angry. Picking up where the last
one left off, old CS is left laying near dead on the ground, his face
destroyed by acid. His crew of professionals led by Preston (Brian
Austin Green) scoops him up and begins to patch him back together.
Meanwhile, Mr. Austin Green gets a little overzealous and begins to tie
up 'loose ends', posing as Chromeskull to take out victims.
Is it good movie?
I dug the original Laid to Rest. It was super gory and a simple
throwback to the slashers I used to love. Naturally when this one came
across my desk, I grinned like a chump because I have been looking
forward to the sequel.
I'm proud to say that if you like the original Laid to Rest, you
absolutely won't have any real trouble with the sequel, unless you like
to have everything completely shrouded in mystery. This entry lifts the
veil a little, showing you how the technological killer operates.
Essentially, Chromeskull has a warehouse dedicated to evil. It's
basically like a full on corporation of evil. The guy has metal shop
workers working all the time, simply making elements of destruction to
bludgeon people with! I mean, it's a bit of a stretch but now you know
how he pulls it off.
In fact, if you're watching this movie for realism, you should probably
just not watch it because it's really kind of cartoony and comic-book
esque. Chromeskull is just an evil guy, that's all we know and need to
know and he's brought back from what seemed like sure death with some
graphic reconstructive surgery. With that said though, it does take a
little away to think of Chromeskull as a head of a company where he
sends scary all-caps text messages as a form of communication. For
those of you who love Danielle Harris, she's in this one too for a cup
of coffee as an evil underling who really loves working for her boss.
The one thing that this movie promises is gore. The first movie was
known for its nasty death scenes, and this one absolutely tops it.
There were several times my fiancee turned to me and said "Why are you
watching this? It's disgusting"..and she watches a lot of horror
flicks. For whatever reason, there's a lot of really nasty things
happening to people's faces. I won't give anything away, but know that
you're going to see graphic, graphic gore that doesn't cut away in the
name of nasty death scenes.
This is some of the nastiest looking stuff I've seen in quite some
time. There's also a penchant for people sticking a blade somewhere,
twisting and cutting their way out. Really sick stuff here. Eyeballs,
entrails, filleted mouths, this is the reason a lot of people watch
stuff like this, and it absolutely delivers. Chromeskull (and impostor
Chromeskull for that matter) really doesn't take it easy on anyone.
Other than the gore, there's not a lot going on in this flick. The ties
to the first flick are strong, as Thomas Dekker returns to play the
hero guy (uniquely named Tommy) in this one (I won't tell you what
happens to Princess), and a girl who's going blind soon is our heroine
in peril. There's also a cop hot on the trail of Chromeskull
(conveniently looking out for a vanity license plate with CHRMSKL on
it..smooth move, Chromeskull), and he looks a lot like Bruce Campbell.
Oh, and there's a lot of that annoying "Look, we have a blurry picture,
let's zoom in until it's in perfect detail." That stuff drives me crazy.
It's hard to care about the kids, even though they're doing an okay
job. This is because the main meat of the story is really Brian Austin
Green's maniacal desire to basically emulate Chromeskull. It's not like
this part of the film is particularly deep or emotional, but Green is
(surprisingly) far and away the strongest cast member here. He's
interesting, charismatic and honest. It's a simple plot though- he
wants to help, Chromeskull doesn't like it, he gets carried away, tries
to become Chromeskull and then has a showdown with him that ends
Ultimately, this isn't a movie that will intrigue you for plot's sake,
but instead a movie that will have you shouting out loud with your
buddies, remarking about the copious amounts of graphic blood and guts
displayed on your screen. And in my book, there's nothing wrong with
that every now and again- keeps the old urges down.
PS- Nick Principe is awesome. He owns as Chromeskull and really loves the character. Props!
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen and looks pretty
good, but not exactly impressive. You can tell this is a hi-def disc
but it doesn't look way better than an average DVD. There's a fair
amount of grainy, blocky handycam footage that doesn't help either.
Audio sounded great, coming in
loud and clear in DTS HD 5.1.
I was really impressed here, although the mix is a little front-heavy.
A Cut Above- Creating Chromeskull runs about a
half an hour, and gives lots of juicy information. There's a scene in
the movie where someone gets a tattoo, and I remember thinking it
looked real. Well, it WAS real, and it's a cool little trivia fact that
they filmed it for the movie. This tends to be a little standard, but
the cast and crew are enthusiastic and honest so this was pretty
There's also an audio commentary with
director Robert Hall, co-writer Kevin Bocarde, and actor Brian Austin
Green. It can be repetitive after the other features, but these
guys are jazzed about the flick and have a ton of great info. Worth
Three deleted scenes (that run
about 2 minutes total) and a couple of minutes of bloopers are also included. The
bloopers were funny, but the deleted scenes were really short. I'm not
big on deleted scenes.
Finally, there's a trailer for
the film..and if you just want to see the jam sandwiches, you can use
the Jump to a Kill feature!
Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 delivers. Yes, there's a bit more lingering
before Chromeskull gets his act together, quits moping and starts
killing but the movie keeps a good pace. The ultra-violent kills are
inventive and horrific though, so you'll get what you paid for. All in
all, a wonderful bloody romp. Bring on the third entry!