Every week, we spotlight a kill that we just can’t get enough of. This is Kill of the Week.
Released in 2009, Robert Hall’s Laid to Rest attempted to launch a new slasher icon with Chromeskull, a ruthless killer who wears a shiny silver skull mask and carries with him a creative array of weaponry. The film, in true slasher fashion, was highlighted by a handful of insanely brutal kill sequences, brought to life with incredible practical effects from Hall himself.
Laid to Rest spawned a sequel just two years later in the form of ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2, which dug deeper into the mythology of the titular villain. Like the first film, the sequel was hampered by bad writing and a host of other issues, but it was also highlighted by some pretty awesome kills that proved Hall damn sure knows what he’s doing in that department.
Oddly enough, much of the killing in Laid to Rest 2 is done by a copycat killer played by Brian Austin Green, and it’s the creation of a new weapon that leads to the sequel’s most memorable slaying. Austin Green’s character has his team of helpers weld together six knives, “like a star… with the blades facing each other like scissors.” He adds, “then put some springs in the middle for tension.”
Later, he encounters one seriously unlucky blonde and puts the weapon to good use. He shoves her head down onto the 6-knife creation, which proceeds to split her face in two.
Say what you want about the Laid to Rest movies… the gore was KILLER.