Sunday, October 02, 2011
Halloween Horrors 2011 #3 CHROMESKULL - Laid to Rest 2
LOTS of films have the above elements, but very few put them together as well as the first Chromeskull outing however. I don't like Laid To Rest actually. I love it. This was a movie that didn't skimp on style and action and instead of feeling like a slapped together gorefest that just didn't bother with a script, there was a genuine attempt at atmosphere that reminded me of seeing Phantasm for the first time. It shouldn't hold together, but for me the original film creates an atmosphere that is all to easy to miss in most modern low budget horror films. Real uncertainty is king and you never can tell what is going to happen because you aren't sure what is happening in the original. Can the sequel follow in the same sharp black suit and shiny death's head fashion?
Lost? Yeah, that is why it works. I can understand some viewers distress. We know nothing of who Chromeskull is, we don't know how he has a shadow network that seems to extend into the FBI or really anything else. I say good on you Robert Hall. Because again, somehow, Laid To Rest has left me wondering how the movie is flying by so quickly and never feeling bogged down by nonsensical cliches that get repeated from earlier films and take me out of the action. It wouldn't work for every film, but given the success of the original, this one doesn't disappoint. And if you think you are full of questions now, be sure to stick all the way through the credits.
And bonus points for Chromeskull trodding on Godzilla's star. I loved that.
And the gore! Amazing effects that accentuate make-up and physical effects combined with very smart use of CGI that never feels crappy and forced. Alright, dear Friday The 13th rights holders. Be sure to get Almost Human Inc. on board for a sequel and reshoot EVERY famous deleted gore sequence and jam them into one film. Now. My jaw dropped not only at the level of violence in each death scene, but that they are all pulled off without a hitch. Awesome, I don't want to spoil even one. See this flick. Enjoy it. Or don't. But I bet you won't forget it.