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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2007)
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Summary: The world's next great psych-slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo, all the while deconstructing the conventions and archetypes of the horror genre for them. (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Country: USA
Directed By: Scott Glosserman
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na Gordon Cole
66
T5
na filmcave
68
T4
na sealer
80
T8
na cranky
60
T5
na Bruce
50
T4
na imdb
70
T8
na stubar
69
T3
na theshmo
85
T8
Wow. I haven't been this impressed by an actor in years. N. Baesel delivers in the movie as a comical and horrifying killer. One second I was laughing and the next shocked by the speed at which he turned and became a monster. There is nothing better than a lovable villain in a movie and Vernon is the new standard. Early on you get a comical view of a slasher movie from the point of view from the slasher. But then as the film progresses it turns scary and ends with a great twist. Watch this movie
na ticklemonstr
75
T5
na stoner38
82
T7
na jontaylor85
80
T8
na slashergirl
50
T5
Strange
na krakow056
70
T9
na ChrisReynold
58
T4
na bogdan
100
T10
na bbates2
1
T2
na pomattovich
84
T7
na sgdrew
70
T8
na Littlepip
65
T4
na rickyafraid
84
T8
na jspidah
9
T1
na dddddd1225
60
T3
na Supes
77
T8
na echidna
85
T5
na fenixdown
72
T5
Entertaining mockumentary about horror tropes and audience participation.
na eksero
82
T7
na Caleb Juice
80
T7
na HalfJapanese
55
T2
See Man Bites Dog instead. It's decent for what it is, and probably more than decent if you're a fan of the slasher genre (I'm not).
na balbobin
80
T6
na gogokain
70
T8
Surprisingly entertaining.
na ericcosta
75
T8
na caiman
52
T2
na kevin.sheets
65
T2
na Vandelay1
87
T10
Very Nice
na unusuall
74
T7
na wcsae
89
T9
na avgcrtckr
62
T7
na janvanaa
58
T1
na vmboudreau
65
T8
na Squin
93
T10
na AceySaid10%
60
T1
na hoolie
50
T2
na ribcage
92
T10
na sahume2029
87
T9
na PeterdeJ
60
T3
na roger1
90
T8
na Kojiless
84
T10
Good movie. Ending was a little weak, but it does everything else very well. Great casting for the librarian.
na Positive Jon
80
T6
na sweevo
95
T10
na MoonSylver
10
T9
na princemuchao
79
T7
This is a bit late to the self-aware horror game, but I enjoyed it anyway. For the first half I was convinced that it was going to be a full-fledged horror-comedy, but things get darker toward the end. Although I expected it to play out as it did, the tone change was handled very well. This is a movie with lots of rewatchability.
na wonbin
40
T5
na sprinkles23
98
T10
na Meta Critic
66
T7
na kingofjew
72
T4
na 7akash
85
T8
na Cheeseduck
10
T10
na paghat
80
T7
na Cinema_Asia
60
T4
A bit gimmicky and I wasn't terribly impressed with the actor they chose to be Leslie Vernon. It plays with horror conventions and expectations rather well and works as both satire and an homage however it still felt pretty flat most of the time.
na Zeno
73
T4
na deadbydawn
70
T3
na ooh waffles
7
T7
na willow
74
T7
na IMDb-byvotes
69
T5
na arcadia
82
T3
na mellowthello
75
T7
na kurisu1974
65
T6
na trip9
85
T10
na rikolai
60
T6
na Marter
60
T6
Behind the Mask is a smart, witty, and terribly funny deconstruction of the slasher genre. It has an entry barrier -- if you haven't seen at least a few slasher films and you understand their conventions, you're going to miss a lot of the fun of this film -- but if you reach that and you enjoy this genre, you're going to have a good time. It's a lot more enjoyable in its first hour, before it transitions into the genre it's satirizing, but it's still well worth checking out.
na yesistasty
76
T4
Cliches aren't a good thing in themselves. That's why slashers kinda suck in the first place.
na bluetin
90
T5
the whole documentry feel to the movie was kinda annoying at first but i ended up liking it. i like how the movie was written. its like they actually thought about it instead of giving you something that was just thrown up, for example: captivity.
na Hellvis
65
T3
na rhinderman
86
T8
na komois
70
T5
na angela79at
10
T1
na loimprevisto
98
T9
na Iwantham
78
T6
na Ressa
95
T6
na Italo
1
T6
na JohnnyZombie
88
T8
na fact100
36
T2
na donquixotic
89
T10
na jjack229
74
T9
na onegin3000
85
T8
na decathect
4
T7
na ablaze
69
T4
na AdeBrown
90
T9
This film takes the post-modern horror comedy of Scream and makes it funnier AND more horrific. A slasher film from the POV of the slasher may not be unique, but how about if that POV is expressed on camera to a documentary crew? Some excellent nods to the classics (and the less than classic) of the genre.
na aciddtripp
30
T1
na drchainsaw9
90
T9
na Jerky
60
T8
na joseywales
81
T9
The best thing to happen to the horror/slasher genre in years.
na donofthedead
55
T3
na KMcNeil
8
T9
na cbogdan
90
T8
na Swinger
70
T7
na JMBosch
82
T7
na soybomb42
87
T8
na LB94
81
T8
na shok
2
T6
na EvilShoe
50
T3
na Coheed
30
T1
Taking its page from Man Bites Dog, this attempts to deconstruct the slasher film by following the serial killer himself. In attempting to bring together all the clichés of the sub-genre into a realistic world, the film undermines itself because they can be exceptionally silly out of their normal context. A far better film would have embraced the artificiality, but this, despite one or two interesting moments, really doesn't exceed and pales in comparison to the Belgium predecessor.
na ferked
88
T9
na kakivsjok
80
T7
na lebnof
77
T10
na Paxton
84
T9
In dissecting the slasher genre, they breath new life into both the slasher and the documentary method of telling a story. Leslie Vernon is immediately affable, I rooted for him right until I realized he was watching me watch the movie and he knew my every move.
na SickForay
75
T7
na tef
85
T8
Horror movies never work for me because what is considered scary holds no terrors for me. This movie, by virtue of its humor and satirical intent, is satisfying and good.
na Seth FLC
78
T6
na tomelce
6
T7
na thefog1331
81
T5
na AAAutin
50
T6
na YourNameHere
80
T2
Film makers follow a serial killer. Funny, and sort of scary at time. Doesn't take itself too seriously.
na Goatcabin
85
T5
Incredibly fun and clever, especially to those who enjoy the slasher genre. It is a crime that the lead actor has not seen more success.
na stagemadness
85
T9
na Jyan
91
T9
na Beageal
76
T6
na kez
77
T9
na BGJ
20
T3
na MichaelMalan
93
T7
na TaLeNDiL
8
T1
na tinythedogg
90
T10
na M.Robitussin
85
T5
na KLucas1983
60
T5
na blucthulhu
60
T4
na TripleSH
90
T10
See this movie if you haven't. It will make you realize that all the hype they gave to Kevin Williamson for deconstructing the horror genre with the dialogue in Scream is undeserved...because this is what should have been done. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
na Miche\'
60
T6
na MentalCritic
75
T8
na paah
20
T1
na npcdel
88
T10
Fantastic. Funny and (because of the setup) uniquely terrifying. I can't believe this is the lead's first-ever acting gig.
na pillowpants
94
T10
na slain
82
T7
na filmaffinity
60
T5
na sirphibes
55
T2
na mundy767
87
T9
na Crazy Jack
75
T7
na thefriedone
80
T7
na lyrradsemaj
42
T2
na calinki
80
T7
na Dustyd
70
T7
na itschinatown
88
T7
na jewellrunner
64
T4
na Gauntlet
60
T3
na moeru
80
T7
na Naeramarth
75
T6
na Lindsey24
74
T6
na Sunsplitter
48
T5
na Carpetgiant
96
T10
na Bacchanalian
78
T7
na snakeinabox
6
T5
na 1strong
66
T7
na envy
40
T2
na Bandy
70
T4
na priex10
0
T2
na bribrihate
70
T4
na getmoney
79
T6
It's weird enough to be 100% worth watching but it's not as groundbreaking as it wants to be.
na panchovilla
90
T10
na imajericho
62
T3
na loserville
83
T9
na gonzalo
5
T2
na killersmalls
70
T4
na liuk
87
T9
na ecalder
61
T6
na Jlschnei
75
T4
na Hadleyreis
68
T6
na adidawha
80
T8
na Onix Verumi
80
T7
na deathtoyou
87
T6
na matthewreddy
88
T5
na Rocketlucco
70
T7
Overall Enjoyment: 30/40, Plot/Themes: 20/20, Cinematography/Direction: 10/20, Acting/Writing: 10/20 Very clever, original, and hilarious movie if you are a fan of the horror movie genre. I don't want to ruin any of the plot, but it was well done and enjoyable the entire time. It's also relatively short which makes it very re-watchable.
na Huychu
88
T7
na e-ball
90
T10
na Thejaff
60
T2
na heathcliff
49
T3
na CMQuinn
10
T10
na SlantMag
15
T3
"For all of its lame distastefulness, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is a sadly appropriate reflection of its time." - Rob Humanick
na marcovp
80
T5
na northerain
75
T7
na bob thrillin
45
T3
na albino_rhino
92
T10
na damil
65
T6
This film had a pretty cool concept, but the execution of it was far from perfect. It started off pretty well, especially for a low-budget, independent film. However, the 3rd act was pretty lame and kinda ruined all the good stuff that preceded it. A lot of the acting was pretty poor too. It’s a shame, really.
na soia1979
60
T6
na eangheben
70
T7
na Zen Lunatic
78
T6
na Scarface
80
T9
na ladymcdeath
87
T9
Fun and clever.
na Tez Dog NZ
72
T4
na knyttelol
10
T1
na schizotoast
80
T7
na Riptide0
84
T8
An awesome slasher deconstruction film, and the best in a solid decade, in the form of a mockumentry following a would-be slasher villain. There's numerous nods and the way he goes about setting up his kills is great and plays on the entire slasher genre. This is definitely a movie for the fans of Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm St and Halloween. The switch from mockumentary to slasher at the end is cool too, since the film had been teasing us the whole way. Awesome horror flick.
na mattnawrocki
75
T6
na CatScandal
74
T8
i'm not a big fan of video in film or documentary-style filming, but this is a pretty hilarious deconstruction of slashers. the jabs at psychoanalytic film criticism were spot on and hilarious if you've ever read the types of papers that actually think the closet in Halloween is symbolic of the womb. the third act is a little weak since it's so telegraphed and so (intentionally) cliche, but the film is definitely a must-see for slasher fans.
na bentien
55
T5
na spideyman99
86
T8
na Clopinette
50
T2
The first two thirds or so are amazing, there are no words for how much I loved it. Then they drop the mockumentary angle and the whole thing goes to hell. And no, "it's for the satire!" is not an excuse. You do not satirize crappy half-assed slasher endings by making one yourself. The hamfisted climax severely cuts down the rating because I am so sick of hamfisted climaxes ruining perfectly good set-ups.
na MrHallenbeck
76
T6
na furious113
69
T6
na brandonpcv
62
T5
na SDPlissken
18
T2
na hehheh
3
T6
na MadMan
90
T7
na luciusgore
30
T5
"A rather funny "Scream"-like cross between a mockumentary and a direct-to-video slasher movie."
na clawx
80
T6
na Ofterdingen
57
T5
Good fun until the final 1/3 where it turns Into just another (bad) slasher movie.
na gulnur
55
T1
na thirdeye89
81
T4
na Nodscene
75
T5
na Shades.
73
T2
na blinkyinkey
65
T4
na capitalist
45
T3
na demirtas
3
T6
na manwich
80
T7
na Hamido
70
T6
na pboyle
70
T6
na p00q
100
T10
na JohnnyHarker
7
T7
na hellboy76
68
T7
Well made, clever, only soft spot is some of the acting.
na mr oscar
95
T6
na what side
60
T4
na leviward19
99
T10
na rorybhoy1888
78
T2
na ECSR
9
T9
na jimmyjazz
70
T5
na aquila
40
T2
na redfrost
60
T6
na NoSex
75
T6
na jcortez702
88
T8
na stanthecaddy
84
T8
A very fun movie that deconstructs slasher films. As that's the case, your enjoyment may be dependent on how familiar you are with the genre and its conceits. The cast does well all around, though special props go to Nathan Baesel for managing to be both an oddly genial goofball and very sinister- often in the same scene. The conceit of the movie- existence in a world where Freddy, Michael, and Jason are real- is clever, and the nods to their franchises are fun to search for. A great movie.
na korbenPL
62
T9
na vencha
88
T8
na RavynLoony
62
T7
na glm
72
T5
71.750
na mdoehler
100
T6
na Prismatic
52
T1
na Mattsdmf
70
T5
na bat-cow
79
T7
na BloodandBeer
90
T10
na goldman2
78
T9
na Barraoc
80
T9
na Iamjohn
85
T5
na pharaujo
82
T7
na JohnSandwich
40
T2
found it rather dull tbh
na Treeship
79
T8
na Cubal
100
T10
Switching from nerdy and fun analysis of the Slasher horror genre to some of the most spine-chilling horror of the year, Behind the Mask: tRoLV is a roaring hit which haven't gotten nearly as much attention as it does deserve, especially considering the cameo by the man who learned us to fear our dreams, Robert Englund. Leslie Vernon is the slasher above all, and he is portrayed most chillingly while still keeping some sympathic sides. Much more to be said, but alas, 500 leters.
na jonnykuda
96
T10
na tuffghost
69
T7
na KagnuS
54
T2
na louloubunny
68
T6
na nandorizzi
20
T2
Bad movie, great disappointment. It fails as a satire, and as a horror movie it fails. Because of the horrible actings and complete lack of sense, could only be considered just a comedy. But this deconstruction of slasher movies that too was not so original or funny.
na sebfryer
75
T8
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