Laid to Rest (film)

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Laid to Rest
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Film poster
Directed byRobert Green Hall
Written byRobert Green Hall
Produced byChang Tseng
Bobbi Sue Luther
Ed Polgardy
Seth Negal
StarringBobbi Sue Luther
Kevin Gage
Sean Whalen
Johnathon Schaech
Thomas Dekker
Nick Principe
Richard Lynch
Lena Headey
CinematographyScott Winig
Edited byAndrew Bentler
Dry County Films
Distributed byAnchor Bay Entertainment
Release dates
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

Laid to Rest is a 2009 American slasher film written and directed by Robert Green Hall. It was followed by a 2011 sequel entitled ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2.


A young woman with amnesia breaks out of a coffin in a funeral home, and dials 911 in the morgue, but accidentally unhooks the telephone while speaking to the operator. The mortician appears, and is impaled by a man equipped with a chrome skull mask, and a shoulder mounted camera. The girl stabs ChromeSkull in the eye, and runs off while he treats his wound. The girl is picked up by Tucker, who takes her home to his wife Cindy, and promises her that they will go to the sheriff's station in the morning, as Tucker's truck is low on gas, and their phone service has been cut off.

ChromeSkull tracks the girl (who has been nicknamed "Princess") to Tucker's house, and kills Cindy. Tucker and Princess escape in Tucker's truck as ChromeSkull deals with Cindy's brother Johnny and his girlfriend, who had come by to check on Cindy. Tucker and Princess seek aid from a recluse named Steven, who uses his computer to email for help, and research ChromeSkull, discovering he is a serial killer whose modus operandi is to send tapes of himself murdering women to the authorities.

The trio go to the police station, and find the sheriff and a deputy dead, and ChromeSkull waiting for them. The group wound ChromeSkull's leg, and drive away, reaching the funeral home. Princess explores the area, and discovers that a nearby barn contains several of ChromeSkull's previous victims. ChromeSkull beheads a still-living captive, knocks Princess out, and places her in a casket. Before ChromeSkull can kill Princess, he is shot by Tucker, who drives away with her and Steven in ChromeSkull's car.

Princess looks at footage on ChromeSkull's camera, which shows he was in league with the mortician, whom he killed due to the man becoming a liability. Princess takes the car while Tucker and Steven are removing bodies from the trunk, and is locked inside by ChromeSkull, who uses his cellphone to take control of the onboard computer as he follows Princess to a convenience store. Via paperwork in the car, Princess finds out ChromeSkull's name is Jesse Cromeans, right before he attacks her.

ChromeSkull prepares to kill Princess, but he is out of tapes for his camera, so he coerces her into going into the store to get one. The clerk sees the threatening messages ChromeSkull is sending Princess through a cellphone, goes out to confront him, and has his head blown off when ChromeSkull turns his own shotgun on him. A customer, Anthony, goes to lock the backdoor, and is decapitated by ChromeSkull. Tucker and Steven reach the store, grab ChromeSkull's suitcase on the way in, and replace the glue he uses to keep his mask on with Cyanoacrylate. ChromeSkull cuts the power, and causes Steven's face to explode by injecting canned tire inflator into his ear. Tucker is stabbed while trying to give Princess enough time to escape with Tommy, the murdered customer's friend.

ChromeSkull locks Tommy out of the building, and traps Princess in a freezer. To taunt Princess, ChromeSkull gives her his camera, which reveals she was a drug addicted prostitute he had picked up, and that she lost her memory when ChromeSkull beat her with a bat. Princess smashes the camera in frustration, and while struggling with ChromeSkull, knocks his mask off. ChromeSkull goes to reaffix his mask, unknowingly using the Cyanoacrylate that Steven had replaced his adhesive with. The chemical melts ChromeSkull's face as he peels his mask off, and as he writhes in agony, Princess bludgeons him with an aluminum bat.

Princess finds her missing persons notice (which Steven had printed off his computer) in Tucker's pocket, who dies of his injury, and leaves with Tommy to Atlanta, after finding out that Anthony was murdered by ChromeSkull. The police arrive, and find the flyer, which Princess had written an explanation on the back of.



Filming locations[edit]

A majority of principal photography occurred in southern Maryland, notably the state-owned, abandoned Crownsville Hospital Center near Annapolis. The crew spent 24 days shooting in April and May 2008. While the above-the-line production team was based out of Los Angeles, a few department heads were locals to DC-Maryland-Virginia, as well as most of the crew. Lead actress/producer Bobi Sue Luther is a native of the area, and was able to use personal connections to secure key locations. The production employed creative methods to save money; for instance, Chromeskull's on-camera vehicle was director Robert Hall's daytime rental car, and the VW Jetta that Princess rides off in at the finish was owned by the production designer.[2][3][4]


A majority of the film was shot using a Panasonic AJ-HPX3000 1080p camera system.[5]


Laid to Rest received a limited theatrical run in March 2009.[citation needed] It was released on home video April 21, 2009.[6][7]


Dread Central gave the film a four out of five, concluding "Laid to Rest does have some minor issues with pacing at first but really finds its stride about 30 minutes in and just keeps moving along until the very end. What I like here is that Hall was able to create a slasher film with characters we care about but definitely doesn't take anything too seriously either, giving horror fans a movie that's both entertaining and a lot of fun to watch".[8] DVD Talk awarded three out of five, which said that while Laid to Rest "contrives a lot of convenient coincidences to keep the plot rolling" and was "admittedly lacking in logic" it was still "an entertaining 90 minute thrill ride".[9] DVD Verdict also responded well to Laid to Rest, writing that it was "an inventive, sick as all get out thrill-ride" and "an entertaining, engaging slasher movie".[10] Scott Weinberg of Fearnet wrote, "Powerfully gory, peppered with unexpected doses of weird humor, and backed by a colorful cast of familiar faces, Rob Hall's Laid to Rest is hardly the most original or trail-blazing terror tale out there -- but it's an '80s-style throwback piece that gains a lot of mileage out of very little gas."[11]


The film has been followed by a sequel titled ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 and has an upcoming prequel in development.[12]

A third film, Laid to Rest: Exhumed was due to start principal photography in December 2017 in northern Alabama.[13] However, as of May 2020, the film has not been mentioned again.


  1. ^ Barton, Steve (12 March 2009). "Laid to Rest Gets Limited Run". Dread Central. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Laid to Rest Journal". 23 March 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Maryland Manual Online". State of Maryland. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  4. ^ "'Laid To Rest,' Dark Thriller From Director Robert Hall". Creative Cow. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Q&A: Robert Hall, director/vfx artist". Studio Daily. 8 July 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  6. ^ Moore, Debi (20 April 2009). "DVD Releases: April 21, 2009: Burrow Into the Hell of Laid to Rest". Dread Central. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Laid to Rest (2009) - Robert Hall". Allmovie. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  8. ^ Wixson, Heather (13 April 2009). "Laid to Rest (2009)". Dread Central. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  9. ^ Felix, Justin (4 April 2009). "Laid to Rest". DVD Talk. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  10. ^ Johnson, David (17 April 2009). "Laid to Rest". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  11. ^ Weinberg, Scott (6 April 2009). "FEARnet Movie Review - Laid To Rest". Fearnet. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  12. ^ Vandale, Chris. "ChromeSkull Is Back!! LAID TO REST II Confirmed". Retrieved 2013-09-28.
  13. ^ "Exclusive - Laid to Rest: Exhumed Ready for Resurrection - Dread Central". 14 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.

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