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Hot Chicks Beware – ChromeSkull is Back! Production on Laid to Rest 2 Begins November 1st

If you are like me and enjoyed writer/director Robert Hall’s edgy slasher flick with attitude, Laid to Rest (and yes, this was way before I started working in the office for Hall), then prepare to start shining up your knives in deadly anticipation because a certain serial killer named ChromeSkull is about to gear up for his sequel.

Today, Hall and Dry County Films announced that production on ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 is set to begin production on November 1st. Read on for more information from the press release.

From the Press Release:

In 2009 writer/director Robert Hall (Lightning Bug, Fear Clinic) introduced horror fans to a new face of horror: ChromeSkull, the mysterious and relentless killer who hunts down young women and records their grisly demises, all while donning an iconic silver skull mask and a video camera strapped to his shoulder. And while it may have seemed like ChromeSkull was dead at the end of the first Laid to Rest, every horror fan knows that evil never really dies.

Now Hall and the rest of the team behind the original are getting ready to take their modern slasher franchise to a boiling point. ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 will begin principal photography on November 1st in Los Angeles. Hall is penning the script with producing partner Kevin Bocarde. Hall, Bocarde and Chang Tseng are producing the film under their Dry County Entertainment banner.

Returning for the sequel are original Laid to Rest stars Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010) and Nick Principe, donning the by now familiar mask of ChromeSkull. Although casting is still under way, the film already boasts an impressive new line-up of stars including Brian Austin Green (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “90210”), Michael Biehn (Aliens, The Victim), Christopher Nelson (Kill Bill: Volume 1, The Tripper), Jennifer Blanc (Bereavement, The Victim) and Danielle Harris (Halloween, Stake Land, Hatchet II).

Producer Bocarde said, “Since the release of the first Laid to Rest, we have been hearing from fans who want to see a sequel. They wanted to know more about ChromeSkull and, more importantly, see him do what he does best. We’re thrilled to bring him back to the screen, and hopefully we can deliver to all the fans what they want.”

“We are currently in negotiations to secure distribution for ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 in time for a Halloween 2011 release,” Tseng said. “It’s a calculated risk, but we are confident in the power of franchise; we know it will find the right home very soon.”

In the first Laid to Rest, ChromeSkull raised the bar for serial killers everywhere by delivering indisputably some of the most inventive on-screen deaths seen in recent horror history (due to the top-notch special effects work designed by Hall and his Almost Human EFX crew), and Hall promises to up the ante for fans with more mind-blowing kills for the sequel.

“You can’t really make a Laid to Rest movie and not have the best gore effects,” said Hall. “We’re doubling the carnage and doubling the fun. I know we raised the bar on the last one, but people have no idea what’s in store in that department for the sequel – it’s the original and THEN SOME. I’m so happy to have such a stellar cast involved, and I think Kevin and I have come up with a cool way to bring Chromey back without going all nutty and breaking our own rules.”

Laid to Rest went on to become one of the top selling direct–to-DVD horror titles of 2009. The film garnered several top awards in the industry, most notably winning a Reaper Award for “Best Slasher.” In addition ChromeSkull was on the cover of the April 2009 issue of Fangoria Magazine.”

To get you fans pumped, you can dig on the early teaser art below and to keep up on all things ChromeSkull, you can follow production updates on Twitter via @LaidToRestMovie or check out the official Laid to Rest website!

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  • Masked Slasher

    I tried really hard to like Laid to Rest, but it was just so laughable.

    That said, I’ll be looking at Jesse Cromeans’ second killing spree – even if my expectations are very low.

    • LifeMi

      To me, Laid to Rest was what Hatchet could’ve been if it was more serious and had better actors and writing. It’s not a masterpiece, but it works very well as an old school slasher film.

      • Masked Slasher

        Really? I didn’t think there was much old school about it.

        You’re right, though, big points for taking itself seriously.

        It’s been a while since I’ve seen it but it was the largely terrible decisions of the characters that really got to me. If you’re going to take the approach that the victims know from the outset that there’s a psycho killer on the loose then they’d better do everything in their power to avoid death. Unfortunately, these people did not.

        Also found Hall’s direction very clunky at times.

        Both of my issues are things that can be improved in the sequel, although now that I’m thinking about it, I think Chromeskull was a bit too forced as well. Like the filmmakers desperately wanted a franchise. Just felt a bit too forced for me.

        • LifeMi

          Good points; I know it’s not perfect. The ending was rushed and I didn’t care a whole lot for the character played by Sean Whalen, who I believe is from that god awful People Under The Stairs movie. Furthermore, Chromeskull wasn’t given enough of an explanation; he was too much of a mystery. That being said, I have been so burned by a lot of the recent slasher movies that, in comparison, Laid to Rest seemed very refreshing to me. At the very least, it’s more watchable than anything Platinum Dunes has made. Still, your points are valid, man.

  • LifeMi

    Looking forward to this one. I loved Laid To Rest, so a sequel is good news to me.