Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 begins where the first Laid to Rest left off, with The Girl and Tommy driving off together. They haven’t been gone more’n a minute when black trucks drive up to the gas station where the previous film’s slaughter took place and a team of mysterious agents, led by Brian Austin Green (the original 90210, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), storm in and take Chromeskull’s body away.
There’d been a few hints in the first film that Chromeskull, the mirror-masked killer with the shoulder-mounted video camera, did not work entirely alone. Here, though, we learn that he has what appears to be an exceedingly well-funded army of people on his side.
Initially, this seems a rather intriguing development, and I was looking forward to finding out exactly what this organization did and why. Did they all work for Chromeskull or was he an agent of destruction, operating at someone else’s behest? Is there some deep purpose to Chromeskull’s madness, a method to his choice of victims? In the end, nothing is revealed. As far as I can tell, Chromeskull is just some obscenely rich guy who pumps an enormous amount of money into his hobby—which is killing women he first traps in coffins for . . . again, I don’t know; it’s never explained.
Where did Chromy manage to find all of his employees and how does he ensure that they never let slip that they work for a serial killer? No clue. Maybe Craigslist and all the gummy bears they can eat? He only seems to have a general handle on their activities, given that Green—ostensibly Chromeskull’s right hand man—sets into motion a rather laughable plan to take over his boss’s role. Meanwhile, Chromeskull grooms Danielle Harris as Green’s replacement.
Hedging on answers can serve to build tension and create a sort of mythology within a film series, but here I just didn’t care enough to be tantalized; I just wanted to freakin’ know what Chromeskull’s weird deal is and move on. Once it became clear that I wouldn’t be getting any answers to my questions, I was no longer intrigued, I was just annoyed—and then I didn’t even care enough to be annoyed.
Still, Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 does have a few things going for it. As with the first, it has zero tension and no scares, but the kills are fantastic and the movie looks good overall—better than the original, actually.
So, as with Laid to Rest, if all you’re looking for are a few cool kills, give Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 a shot. Otherwise, skip it.
Length: 93 min