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--> ''Death. Polished''

''Laid to Rest'' is a 2009 SlasherMovie written and directed by F/X guru Robert Hall.

The plot concerns an amnesiac simply named The Girl, and later, Princess, who awakens in a coffin with a head wound and amnesia. Minutes after she wakes up, she encounters [=ChromeSkull=], a psychopath who tapes murders he commits with his shoulder-mounted video camera. She escapes the killer and is taken in by Tucker, a middle-aged man who lets her stay with him and his wife Cindy, but unfortunately for them, [=ChromeSkull=] still wants the girl. After Cindy is killed, Tucker and Princess try to flee, their only aid being a skittish man named Steven. Along the way, the girl tries to remember who she was and why she was brought here, all the while, things go progressively downhill.

A sequel entitled ''[=ChromeSkull=]: Laid to Rest 2'' was released Video On Demand before coming out on {{DVD}}[=/=]BluRay September 20th, 2011.

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!!This series provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade
* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler:While being operated on, [=ChromeSkull=] seems to relive a memory that implies that his mortician father ordered him to touch a dead body and telling him not to fear it after the younger [=ChromeSkull=] walked in on him.]]
* AllHallowsEve: In ''2'', Tommy watches some home movies of him and Anthony made one Halloween, and the actual film seems to end on the holiday.
* AllThereInTheManual: See FoeYay below.
* AmnesiacHero: Princess.
* AnAxeToGrind: An officer gets his face slammed into one in ''2''.
* AndStarring: With Richard Lynch and Lena Headey.
** Introducing Angelina Armani, Special Appearance by DanielleHarris, With Gail O'Grady and Brian Austin Green in ''2''.
* AntagonistTitle: ''2''.
* AteHisGun: Mrs. Cromeans's death in ''2''.
* BaldOfEvil: [=ChromeSkull=], and later Preston in ''2''.
* BareYourMidriff: Jamie.
* TheBaroness: Spann in ''2''.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Realizing [=ChromeSkull=]'s obsession with his mask, Steven replaces his special glue with acid, knowing that in his haste to get it back on when it inevitably came off, Chromey wouldn't bother checking over his supplies, even though they were briefly taken from him]].
* BatterUp: [=ChromeSkull=] is seen using this once as a weapon on Princess, who later uses one to attack [=ChromeSkull=]. ''2'' sees a spiked bat being used by Jess and Tommy.
* BigBadWannabe: In ''2'', Preston has aspirations to replace [=ChromeSkull=], [[spoiler:going so far as to don his outfit and get his tattoo... and then he gets brutally murdered]].
* BlackEyesOfEvil: The mask somehow causes this, even though there doesn't actually seem to by an kind of barrier between it and the eyes.
* BlankSlate: Princess is even described as such by Tommy in ''2''.
* BloodFromTheMouth
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: Princess showering the blood off in ''2''.
* BloodSpatteredInnocents
* BoomHeadshot: The death of the store clerk. [=ChromeSkull=] turns his shotgun on him just as he is about to fire, turning his head into [[ChunkySalsaRule a nice bit of salsa]].
* BulletproofVest: A blink and you'll miss it scene at the end of ''2'' reveals [=ChromeSkull=] has taken to wearing one.
* CameraAbuse: As [=ChromeSkull=] is cutting the bound girl's head off, some blood gets on the camera; soda also gets sprayed on it when [=ChromeSkull=] is trying to get to Princess in the convenience store cooler.
* CameraFiend: [=ChromeSkull=], and Jess in ''2''.
* CampingACrapper: Preston gets [[spoiler:Princess]] in the motel bathroom in ''2''.
* CaneFu: Tucker uses his cane to knock around [=ChromeSkull=].
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: The local police arrive at the convenience store just after Princess and Tommy leave it, and the FBI arrive at the factory just before the credits in ''2''.
* CellPhonesAreUseless: Abused as much as possible. Princess accidentally unplugs the funeral home phone, neither Tucker or Steven have one, and [=ChromeSkull=]'s cellphones are password protected.
* ChainPain: [=ChromeSkull=] gets [[spoiler:Preston]] with some hooked chains (which he strings him up with) in ''2''; Tommy later uses one to choke [=ChromeSkull=].
* ChekhovsGun: Steven has a bottle of tire sealant and sarcastically suggest they spray it in [=ChromeSkull=]'s ear. [[spoiler:[=ChromeSkull=] kills him by spraying it into his ear until his face explodes(?!).]]
** Cindy's line asking Tucker [[spoiler:if Princess is a drug addict and[=/=]or prostitute. We later find out that, yes, she was both.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: The corpse that Princess finds in the funeral home was Steven's mother.
* ChromeChampion
* CoolCar: [=ChromeSkull=] Mobile, and the bizarrely pimped out Jones Funeral Home hearse ("Last Ride").
* CoolMask
* CoverDrop: It's [=ChromeSkull=]'s chest tattoo.
* CowboyCop: Tiny in ''2''.
* CreatorCameo: Robert Hall is the diner patron in the video of Jess that Spann shows [=ChromeSkull=] in ''2''.
* CreepyMortician: Mr. Jones.
* CriminalMindGames: [=ChromeSkull=] sends copies of his murder tapes to the authorities.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath
* CueTheSun: The ending.
* CuffsOffRubWrists: Jess in ''2''.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [=ChromeSkull=], [[IdiotBall usually]].
* DarknessEqualsDeath: In ''2'', Max gets killed when Preston rushes him while a light bulb flickers and goes out; when it comes back on, Preston's blade is embedded through the side of his head and into [[EyeScream his eye]].
* DeadStarWalking: [[spoiler: Lena Headey in Part 1.]]
* DiesWideOpen: [[spoiler:Tucker's death]].
* DisposableSexWorker: [[spoiler:Subverted with Princess. She was a prostitute who was hired by [=ChromeSkull=] so he could kill her. She lives in the end]].
* TheDragon: Preston in ''2''. [[spoiler:After he is disposed of, Spann replaces him]].
* DragonAscendant: [[spoiler:Preston believes this to be him, after [=ChromeSkull=]'s near fatal attack by Princess, and tries to become the next [=ChromeSkull=]. Too bad the real killer [[OffWithHisHead sees Preston's goal differently]]...]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Mrs. Cromeans in ''2''.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Steven's mother, to the point that he needed to install something to quell the accelerator.
* DualWield: When [=ChromeSkull=] beheads [[spoiler:Preston]] in ''2''.
* DuctTapeForEverything: Jess uses some on her leg wound in ''2''.
* EarAche: [[spoiler:Steven getting a can of tire sealant jammed into his ear]].
* EasyAmnesia: Princess lost her memory when [[spoiler:[=ChromeSkull=] whacked her in the head with a baseball bat]].
* EnhanceButton: Preston uses this to get Tommy's license plate number in ''2''.
* EvilMakesYouMonstrous: Well, that and acid.
* EyeScream: [=ChromeSkull=] sustains a lot of damage to his right eye, while Deputy Russell's body is missing his left one. [[spoiler:Steven's are the first thing to go when [=ChromeSkull=] pumps his head full of tire sealant]].
** In ''2'', there's one of [=ChromeSkull=]'s eyes being reinserted, and Max getting knifed in the side of the head.
* EyeOpen: Princess.
* TheFaceless
* FacialHorror: Johnny and Deputy Russell lose their faces, while [[spoiler:[=ChromeSkull=]'s melts away]].
* FadeToBlack
* FailedASpotCheck: Examples are the blood on the police cruiser, Jamie's body in the yard, Deputy Russell's body, Anthony's severed head in the cooler, etc.
* FairCop: Throughout ''2''; Detective Holland was even played by former porn starlet Angelina Armani.
* FanDisservice: There is no FanService, there is only this.
* FictionFiveHundred: [=ChromeSkull=].
* FinalGirl: Princess, and Jess in ''2''.
* {{Flashback}}: Princess playing with the doll she takes her name from, and a glimpse of [=ChromeSkull=]'s childhood in ''2''.
* FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin: In ''2'', with Princess.
* FootprintsOfMuck: Anthony notices [=ChromeSkull=]'s bloody footprints, right before getting his head sawed off.
* [[spoiler:ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself]]: The ending to ''2'' and no one is the wiser.
* {{Geek}}: Steven, and one of the minions in ''2'' (he's even credited as "Geeky Lackey").
* GlasgowGrin: [[spoiler:Princess]] and Detective Holland are given this in ''2''.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Steven's cry of "Sugar!"
* {{Gorn}}
* GoryDiscretionShot: Princess bashing [=ChromeSkull=] with a baseball bat.
* GrossUpCloseUp
* GuttedLikeAFish: Jamie's death; also happens to [[spoiler:Princess]] and Laurie in ''2''.
* HollywoodAcid: [[spoiler:Steven replaces [=ChromeSkull=]'s mask glue with some]].
* HooksAndCrooks: [[spoiler:Preston]] gets some through the shoulders, and an officer is knocked into a wall of them, in ''2''.
* HonorBeforeReason: Tucker going home alone to cover up Cindy's body.
* HotChickInABadassSuit: Spann in ''2''.
* IdentityAmnesia: Princess.
* ImmediateSequel: ''2'' kicks off with Princess and Tommy leaving the convenience store, and shows what happens afterward.
* ImpaledPalm: Jamie, when trying to get Johnny's cellphone.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Mr. Jones's death.
* ImportantHaircut: Preston shaving himself bald in ''2''.
* ImplacableMan: [=ChromeSkull=]. The closest thing to an explanation is a scene showing him shooting up on something after being given an eye injury courtesy of Princess.
** It is also possible that [=ChromeSkull=] injects himself with various performance enhancing drugs and varied painkillers.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: The knife star in ''2''.
* InUniverseCamera
* JackTheRipoff: Preston in ''2''.
* KneeCapping: Steven manages to stab [=ChromeSkull=] in the knee with a tire iron, while Jess gets a knife thrown through her leg in ''2''.
* KnifeNut
* LineOfSightName: Princess gets her nickname from the first thing she remembers, a childhood doll named Princess Gemstone.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: In ''2'', [=ChromeSkull=] kills a particularly unfortunate police officer by dunking his head in an electroplating bath and then smashing it.
* LockAndLoadMontage: The opening.
* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles: [[spoiler:Where [=ChromeSkull=] decides to relocate to at the end of ''2'']].
* MadeOfPlasticine: Sometimes, other times [=ChromeSkull=] does seem to be putting some real effort into cutting through bone and sinew and whatnot.
* MakingUseOfTheTwin: Due to the complexity of her death, Laurie from ''2'' was played by twins.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: [=ChromeSkull=], and Preston in ''2''
* MatchlightDangerRevelation: Jess grabs the dropped flashlight in ''2'' and turns it on, just in time to see [=ChromeSkull=] throttling Tommy.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Throughout ''2''.
* MenacingStroll
* MiddleManagementMook: Spann in ''2'', though in the end she is promoted to TheDragon.
* MirrorScare: Princess briefly hallucinates [=ChromeSkull=] in Steven's bathroom.
* MommasBoy: Steven.
* MonsterMisogyny: [=ChromeSkull=] specifically targets women, and only offs men when they get in his way.
* MulticoloredHair: The blond and pink-haired Allie in ''2''.
* NoIndoorVoice: CHROMESKULL TEXTS MUST ALWAYS, ''ALWAYS'' BE IN ALL CAPS.
** He types normally when conversing with Spann, though.
* NoNameGiven: Princess and [=ChromeSkull=], though with the latter [[spoiler:Princess finds outs that [=ChromeSkull=]'s name is Jesse Cromeans, which at first could be an alias. However, during TheStinger of ''2'', his wife was introduced as Mrs. Cromeans, cementing that his name is in fact Jesse Cromeans]].
* NoTellMotel: Where [=ChromeSkull=] initially captured Princess.
* NothingIsScarier: Preston whispering into Jess's ear the things [=ChromeSkull=] does to his victims in the coffins in ''2''.
* NumberedSequels
* OfCorpseHesAlive: [=ChromeSkull=] does with the body of Steven's mother.
* OfCorsetsSexy: The weird gold thing that Princess has on at the beginning.
* OffWithHisHead: The bound girl and Anthony, and [[spoiler:Preston]] in ''2''.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Princess and [=ChromeSkull=] again. [[spoiler:[=ChromeSkull=]'s real name can be briefly seen on some papers and Princess's name, albeit, rather smudged, is on a sheet for a missing person]]. There's also Tiny in ''2''.
* OnceIsNotEnough
* OverTheShoulderCarry: Preston does this with Tommy, and [=ChromeSkull=] with Jess, in ''2''.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Averted. We never find out what the password to [=ChromeSkull=]'s cellphones are, despite multiple guesses by the characters (and yes, they did try [=ChromeSkull=]).
* PerkyFemaleMinion: Spann in ''2''.
* PerkyGoth: Allie in ''2''.
* PerpetualFrowner: Preston.
* PhoneTraceRace
* PlayingAgainstType: Kevin Gage who plays bad guys plays NiceGuy Tucker who protects Princess. [[spoiler: Even pulls a HeroicSacrifice.]]
* PreviouslyOn: The opening of ''2'', as a reference to the slashers of TheEighties.
* PunkInTheTrunk: Steven finds his mother's body in [=ChromeSkull=]'s trunk.
* RageAgainstTheReflection: When [=ChromeSkull=] sees he's taken on a strong resemblance to [[Film/TheBurning Cropsy]] in ''2'', he goes berserk, punches a mirror repeatedly, and buries his face in his hands.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Princess.
* RedOniBlueOni: Preston and [=ChromeSkull=], respectively.
* RedShirt:
** ''Laid to Rest'': Johnny, Jamie, the still-living previous victim, and Anthony.
** ''2'': Allie and Laurie.
* RedShirtArmy: The police in ''2''.
* RightBehindMe
* SelfStitching: [=ChromeSkull=] does this, after removing a bullet.
* SerialKiller
* SerratedBladeOfPain
* TheSheriff: Bates in ''Laid to Rest''.
* ShootTheShaggyDogStory: The first film, due to [[spoiler:the death of Princess, and maybe Tommy]] in ''2''.
* ShoutOut:
** In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuYGRWHQvzU teaser clip for the sequel]], [=ChromeSkull=] is seen getting his mask while whistling [[Film/{{Jaws}} "Spanish Ladies"]]. Of course, it takes on another meaning when you consider his propensity for murdering women... [[spoiler:though [[NeverTrustATrailer in the film]], [=ChromeSkull's=] associate Preston is the one doing the whistling]].
** Tommy in ''2'' had been living with a woman named Laurie, like [[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Tommy Doyle and Laurie Strode]].
* ShowerScene: Princess in ''Laid to Rest'', and ''2'' (though only the latter has nudity).
* SilentAntagonist
* SilentSnarker: [=ChromeSkull=] has his moments, including one when [[spoiler:right before he kills the store clerk in the first movie]], he lets an audible sigh.
* SinisterScrapingSound: When [=ChromeSkull=] is looking for Princess in the barn, and again after he sticks her in another coffin.
* SlashedThroat: Sheriff Bates's death, and two officers’ deaths in ''2''.
* SlowMotionPassBy: Between Tommy and Mrs. Cannon in ''2''.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: There's only one female law enforcement official of any importance in ''2''.
* SnuffFilm
* SoundOnlyDeath: The responding officers getting shot at the beginning of ''2''.
* SpikyHair: Anthony.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: They can't seem to decide if it is Stephen or Steven.
* StandardEvilOrganizationSquad: [=ChromeSkull=]'s minions in ''2''.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: Jesse '''Chrome'''ans.
* StockingFiller: Allie in ''2''.
* TheStinger: After the credits in ''2'', [[spoiler:it's revealed that [=ChromeSkull=] has a pregnant wife who believes her husband keeps going on extended business trips. When confronted with what he's really doing by the FBI, she kills herself]].
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler:Princess]] at the beginning of ''2''.
* SwissBankAccount: Doctor Kerr in ''2''.
* SwordSparks: When [=ChromeSkull=] is rattling the cage with his new weapon in ''2''.
* TakeMeInstead: Tucker tries this when [=ChromeSkull=] captures Cindy, to no avail.
* TantrumThrowing: Tucker, upon returning home, trashes his bedroom.
* TattooedCrook: [=ChromeSkull=], and Preston in ''2''.
* TearsOfBlood: The eye injury Princess gave [=ChromeSkull=] acts up at the sheriff's station.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: BRING THE TAPE NOW BITCH.
** "Can't get to the phone right now, so leave a message, biatch."
* ThoseTwoGuys: Anthony and Tommy.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: But only if you are the villain.
* TitleIn: 3 Months Later in ''2''.
* TooDumbToLive
* TortureCellar: The barn in ''Laid to Rest'', and the factory in ''2''.
* ToThePain: "You know what? You're so lucky... that he's not here to taste you yet. You're really fucked tonight. You're really fucking tough. He's gonna do horrible shit to you. You know that? Horrible fucking things. Gross, gross fucking things. I mean, they make me sick."
* TrackingDevice: Getting your hands on one of [=ChromeSkull=]'s cellphones is actually a bad thing, since they can synch up.
* TrunkShot: Used when Tucker, Steven and Princess are digging through Steven's trunk.
* TurnOfTheMillennium
* TheUnreveal: Princess's real name is blurred out on her missing persons sheet, though just enough is visible to discern that it might be [[spoiler:Amy, or some variation of Ann (Anne, Anna, Annie, etc)]]. We also never see [=ChromeSkull=]'s face, or learn his cellphone password.
* VideoPhone: There's one set up in the factory in ''2'', though [=ChromeSkull=], being [[SilentAntagonist ChromeSkull]], only types.
* TheVoiceless
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Tommy throws up when he uncovers [[spoiler:Princess]]'s body in ''2''.
* WaitHere
* WallOfWeapons: The cage in ''2''.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Tommy's fate at the end of ''2'' is left ambiguous.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Mr. Jones, who was letting [=ChromeSkull=] use his barn and coffins for money.
* YouLookFamiliar: Johnathon Schaech, who played Johnny in ''Laid to Rest'', also plays Agent Sells in ''2''.
* YouAreAlreadyDead: Jamie manages to run to the house and spot Cindy's body before realizing she has been disemboweled.
* YourHeadASplode: The deaths of store clerk (via shotgun) and [[spoiler:Steven]] (via tire sealant).
* YouWakeUpInARoom: Or a coffin, to be precise.

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