ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

ChromeSkull’s reign of murderous terror ran wild for a while, but even he was put through the wringer in the process. But while it might have seemed that he was a reclusive killer who operated alone, that couldn’t be further from the truth. As it turns out, the mad man is the CEO of an empire founded on serial murder, the figurehead of a killing corporation. So while ChromeSkull will need some time to rest and be sewn back together, the death and destruction isn’t going to end. No, one of his underlings will pick up the slack, a motivated psycho named Preston (Brian Austin Green). Determined to climb to the top of the food chain in this psychotic business, Preston begins his own violent chain of murders. As impressive as the bloodshed is on Preston’s run, ChromeSkull is getting closer and closer to a full recovery. Once ChromeSkull is back in the saddle, will he take notice of Preston’s work or just be motivated to show everyone who the real master of murder is?

Laid to Rest was a fun ride, a movie that paid tribute to 80s horror, but also established an identity of its own. So when a sequel was released, I couldn’t wait for old chrome dome’s return. But for some reason, this follow up veers off course and opts to avoid the things that made the original so awesome. The focus on ChromeSkull’s fanatics was ill chosen, as it proves to be much less interesting than a lone wolf approach. All I wanted to see was ChromeSkull on the warpath once again, but instead he is presented here as a tycoon with a network of henchman doing the work for him. That concept sucks. In addition, this film is just dull at times, which I never expected. There is some good gore on showcase, but it just isn’t the same when the killer is a 90210 reject and not the ChromeSkull we all know and love. I wanted to love this sequel, but it ignores what made the first film so good and chooses to go off in dull, poorly chosen directions. I suppose hardcore genre fans will want to check this out for the gore, but otherwise ChromeSkull’s valiant return is a disappointment.

Video: How does it look?

ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen. This transfer looks excellent, so all the wonderful blood and gore is crystal clear. The image shows great clarity, which really allows the subtle detail to shine and gives the visuals a refined presence. The visuals have a dark tone most of the time, but this transfer remains steadfast and offers dead on contrast that ensures depth is never hindered by murky shadows. No issues at all to mention really, this is just a terrific visual effort.

Audio: How does it sound?

No complaints in the audio department, as this DTS HD 5.1 soundtrack is rock solid. The cheap scares are cheaper and scarier than ever, thanks to punchy surround power that delivers those moments in grand fashion. The surrounds don’t do much outside of the cheap scares and the musical soundtrack, but that isn’t a problem. The front channels shoulder the burden and do so well, so no concerns to mention. This disc also includes English and Spanish subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

In addition to a lively audio commentary session with the director, co-writer, and lead actor, we also have some deleted scenes, a “jump to a kill” feature, some bloopers, a behind the scenes featurette, and the film’s trailer. All in all, a more than solid selection of goodies here.

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