Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Monday, May 6, 2013

Film Review: CHROMESKULL: LAID TO REST 2 (2011)

I can’t say that I was too much of a fan of the original Laid to Rest (2009) but it did have a simplistic charm so when I heard they made a sequel I was actually quite surprised considering how really finite the ending of the first film was.  But you can’t keep a good killer down and therefore the film-makers found a way to resurrect ChromeSkull for a new outing of terror for ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 (2011) and this time there are some friends that have been brought along for the carnage.  
Preston (played to perfection by Brian Austin Green) and Spann (Danielle Harris) are agents working with ChromeSkull who help him manage his killing sprees.  They are fast on the scene of ChromeSkull’s demise to help him overcome his defeat first by getting him through physical therapy and then putting together his next kill spree.  In addition to a new crop of victims, there are police detectives after the elusive ChromeSkull as well as dissonance between the ranks.  This is a much bigger film than its predecessor with a much bigger mean stream and buckets more gore and it is so much better for it.  Written by Kevin Bocarde and Robert Hall (who encores as director) the film delivers the goods as being one of the better slasher film sequels in quite some time because it offers much more than the first film and the subplots and characters add to the world created in the film giving it a bigger canvas.

The special FX are of Hollywood film caliber and the gore effects may turn away the normal audience member while making all us hard core horror fans salivate.  This is a film made for the real horror fans.  There is not a dull moment in this film from beginning to end and all the actors do a great job.  This is one of those rare sequels that is superior to the original.

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