Hall's style unevenly shifts from being atmospherically hellish, effectively creating a sense of nightmarish isolation, annoyingly music video-style cutting, and hamhandedness. The plot is creative in its concept, yet the storytelling is very uneven. Finally, the main characters are developed enough for tension, but the victims aren't. While the horror is gloriously brutal, if unsuspenseful. Its pace is also a bore.
Despite its shallow plotting, "Laid to Rest" has a surprisingly potent atmosphere. It really feels like these characters are trapped in a nocturnal Hell with a crazed killer, as civilized safe-haven is nowhere to be found, even if the lack of contact via phone and internet comes off as ridiculous. The practical effects are a welcome commodity, giving it an old-school slasher feel.