"Chromeskull: Laid To Rest 2 (2011/Unrated Director's Cut Blu-ray) (Image Ent.)

Synopsis: ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2″ picks up three months after we last left ChromeSkull (Principe) at the end of the original Laid to Rest. Tommy (Dekker), who’s struggling to come to terms with his encounter with the masked killer, has now gone missing courtesy of the maniacal Preston (Green), a mysterious player in the sequel with a sinister connection to ChromeSkull. Meanwhile, our killer has set his sights on a new girl, Jess (Michaels), and after the young girl disappears, Detective King (Yeoman) must race against the clock to find her and Tommy before it’s too late and try to put an end to ChromeSkull’s deadly legacy.
Review: Well everybody Chromeskull is back and ready to kill everyone in his way once again! Now unlike the first film this one kinda goes in a more confusing way. Unlike the first film which has a basic plot of Chromeskull hunting down a girl who got away from him, in this film it starts off where the first film left off and Chromeskull is taken away by a group of doctors and medical staff that are dressed in all black to an undisclosed place to have his face worked on. In the meanwhile Tommy and Amy get away to be soon enough brought back into his world of terror along with quite a few other victims. Now if you are going into this film looking for a back story  on why Chromeskull is the way he is well you will be let down if you are looking for that because they don't dive into that at all. The biggest thing you do find out is that Chromeskull has a group of people behind him that organize everything so he can commit all these murders without being caught.
Which that does add to the plot quite alot because then you get a whole new lineup of characters. Now they also don't go the route of something like Halloween or F13 does and has the killer get right up and disappear to reappear shortly and start killing again, instead it takes a more realistic approach and over 3 months go by before Chromeskull is even able to start thinking about killing again. The cast and overall acting in this film is great, you get horror veteran Danielle Harris, the amazing talent of Brian Austin Green who plays a badass psycho, and of course Nick Principe returning as Chromeskull to name a few.
Now one thing that truly shines in this film besides Chromskull's mask is the kills, they went all out on this one and even made up some pretty badass weapons to add to the arsenal which included a machete designed like his knives and a 6 blade combo pressurized with springs amongst many other things. Even with all the new weapons I still did love when he got down and took care of business with the 2 original knives from the first film. Now the gore in this film was done in a very cool way and it worked very well because they used a combo of 50% practical effects and 50% digital and they combined them which helped them flow a little easier. Another thing is that the gore effects look more realistic than anything I have seen in awhile and when you get to see Chromeskulls newly fixed face you will probably be horrified by how grotesque it looks.
Now the kill that I will talk about in this review because I don't want to give off any of the rest is one that in many ways pays homage to the liquid nitrogen face freeze kill from Jason X, but instead of liquid nitrogen you get Chromeskull putting a guys face into a chroming machine and smashing his face after it's turned solid which for me is awesome because I look at the Jason X death to be one of Jason's best! Overall this was a great sequel that I actually enjoyed more than the first film and I could only hope that they could and will keep the Chromeskull legacy going!

Picture: 5/5 Audio:5/5 Special Features: 5/5 Movie:4.5/5

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Robert Hall
Genre: Horror/Slasher
Blu-Ray/DVD Release Year: 2011
Theatrical Release Year: 2011
Time Length: 93 mins.
Company:Image Entertainment
Website: www.image-entertainment.com