Laid to Rest is a 2009 Slasher Movie 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/Blu-ray September 20th, 2011.
This series provides examples of the following tropes:
Abusive Parents: 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.
All Hallows' Eve: In 2, Tommy watches some home movies of him and Anthony made one Halloween, and the actual film seems to end on the holiday.
Batman Gambit: 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.
Batter Up: 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.
Big Bad Wannabe: In 2, Preston has aspirations to replace ChromeSkull, going so far as to don his outfit and get his tattoo... and then he gets brutally murdered.
Black Eyes of Evil: The mask somehow causes this, even though there doesn't actually seem to by an kind of barrier between it and the eyes.
Blank Slate: Princess is even described as such by Tommy in 2.
Bulletproof Vest: A blink and you'll miss it scene at the end of 2 reveals ChromeSkull has taken to wearing one.
Camera Abuse: 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.
Darkness Equals Death: 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 his eye.
Eye Scream: ChromeSkull sustains a lot of damage to his right eye, while Deputy Russell's body is missing his left one. 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.
He types normally when conversing with Spann, though.
No Name Given: Princess and ChromeSkull, though with the latter Princess finds outs that ChromeSkull's name is Jesse Cromeans, which at first could be an alias. However, during The Stinger of 2, his wife was introduced as Mrs. Cromeans, cementing that his name is in fact Jesse Cromeans.
Only Known by Their Nickname: Princess and ChromeSkull again. 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.
In the teaser clip for the sequel, ChromeSkull is seen getting his mask while whistling "Spanish Ladies". Of course, it takes on another meaning when you consider his propensity for murdering women... though in the film, ChromeSkull's associate Preston is the one doing the whistling.
The Stinger: After the credits in 2, 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.
To the Pain: "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."
Tracking Device: Getting your hands on one of ChromeSkull's cellphones is actually a bad thing, since they can synch up.
Trunk Shot: Used when Tucker, Steven and Princess are digging through Steven's trunk.
The Unreveal: Princess's real name is blurred out on her missing persons sheet, though just enough is visible to discern that it might be Amy, or some variation of Ann (Anne, Anna, Annie, etc). We also never see ChromeSkull's face, or learn his cellphone password.