ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 (USA, 2011) - Color, Director(s): Robert Hall
MPAA Rating: R
Approx. 93 min.
Z-rating: 4 out of 5 stars for a totally bad ass sequel to a totally bad ass movie
Cheese Factor: 2 out of 5 stars
This movie picks up right where the first one leaves off. The survivors from the first movie are just leaving as a team of people move in. Just like MiB, these guys are the clean up crew that came to scoop up the pieces of ChromeSkull and try to put him back together again. These guys talk about protocol like they're part of some large organization. Really strange for a killer to be part of a network. While the original ChromeSkull is out, this other dirtbag from the organization tries to step up and finish off the survivors. This really enrages CS when he gets the news. I'm not sure what this mysterious organization is but Danielle Harris seems to be one of the ladies in charge. They tempt CS out of his hospital bed with a new girl and he's quickly back into action, showing that other douche how it's really done. CS is apparently the man running the show cause he has the power to fire that other dude, causing him to "snap" then shave his head and trying to don the chrome mask. Before he was kicked out of the organization, he commissioned a team to create a giant throwing star-like weapon that has the signature ChromeSkull blades at the end of it. When the two finally meet, it becomes immediately clear... there can be only ONE!!!
Okay, so the story focuses a little more on the girl but nobody really cares. We're all here for the gore and the violence!!! And they deliver all that in spades. I like that they were so ambitious with the storyline. There's a story going on about a girl who's going blind and is trying to survive this nightmare that she's in, there's another about an internal power struggle between two people who want the same position within an organization, and it's still a Slasher film all at the same time.
Nudity: Doesn't show much more than the first but at least there's a shower scene in the first 10 minutes of the movie. Gotta give them credit for trying!
Gore: Tons. There's buckets of this stuff. Definitely the centerpiece of this slasher double feature. While I loved the original Hatchet, I thought the sequel went downhill as far as the special effects. I'm not sure if it was a budget issue or what, but I know I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as the original. This is top notch gore from the beginning of the series to the very end. I am very much a fan of the special effects in this series, provided by Almost Human Inc. (A special effects company owned by the director, Robert Hall)
Awesome: Very. I really enjoyed this series even though it wasn't anything groundbreaking. The special effects are amazing and that's really what you're watching it for. These two movies should be shown in a double feature at any Halloween party. I consider this to be part of the new wave of Slashers, I just wish more people were aware of good ol' ChromeSkull...