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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 bat-cow
79
T7
na roigroigroig
70
T5
na hubies
65
T4
na mundy767
87
T9
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 Doomsayer
75
T8
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 envy
40
T2
na dgeiser13
1
T6
na sweevo
95
T10
na CaptMal
90
T7
na krakow056
70
T9
na ladymcdeath
87
T9
Fun and clever.
na Barkinson
65
T8
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 goldman2
78
T9
na drchainsaw9
90
T9
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 willow
74
T7
na Zygrunte
70
T7
na Eignarom
85
T9
na GoreGalore
75
T8
na matthewreddy
88
T5
na Cheeseduck
10
T10
na labballin24
73
T7
na TroyAnderson
89
T10
na Gladstone
8
T10
na sealer
80
T8
na NanashiKairi
40
T2
na pharaujo
82
T7
na ssczus
45
T2
na rhinderman
86
T8
na FrankBooth
60
T2
na deathtoyou
87
T6
na blinkyinkey
65
T4
na sirphibes
55
T2
na sgdrew
70
T8
na Jlschnei
75
T4
na shok
2
T6
na Fantastika
92
T8
na ScoobyCristi
1
T1
na MichaelMalan
93
T7
na ecalder
61
T6
na ablaze
69
T4
na JohnnyZombie
88
T8
na louloubunny
68
T6
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 brandonpcv
62
T5
na Hellvis
65
T3
na tinythedogg
90
T10
na kingofjew
72
T4
na Hadleyreis
68
T6
na Swinger
70
T6
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 mightysparks
80
T10
na LazyNinja
65
T6
na Supes
77
T8
na IchBinFrei
73
T4
na zupmat
60
T3
na ezpkns34
22
T1
Didn't really watch it, but I could tell from the opening 10 minutes that it just wasn't gonna be for me. Definitely will be a hit or miss movie for people
na Jyan
91
T9
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 JohnSandwich
40
T2
found it rather dull tbh
na yesistasty
76
T4
Cliches aren't a good thing in themselves. That's why slashers kinda suck in the first place.
na JMBosch
82
T7
na Sheldrake
60
T6
na MrHallenbeck
76
T6
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 bogdan
100
T10
na mathiasa
70
T8
na priex10
0
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na Euronymous
60
T5
na SickForay
75
T7
na Jeb
75
T6
na janvanaa
58
T1
na thirdeye89
81
T4
na killersmalls
70
T4
na jonas01radio
80
T6
na lebnof
77
T10
na AAAutin
50
T6
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 aquila
40
T2
na seventwelve
85
T8
na IMDb-byvotes
69
T5
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 knyttelol
10
T1
na cengizhan
86
T8
na luciusgore
30
T5
"A rather funny "Scream"-like cross between a mockumentary and a direct-to-video slasher movie."
na jspidah
9
T1
na soia1979
60
T6
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 CRAYON
55
T2
Everything in this movie felt forced. The lead actor annoyed me because it's like he was told "be likable", and he tried his damnedest. The best part was when the movie was setting up the murders, but if I had never seen a slasher movie it wouldn't have been nearly as funny. The last third is just bad. I was watching because of the slasher deconstruction, I had no interest in actually watching a shitty slasher. Also, if you don't see the twist a mile away then you weren't paying attention.
na mr oscar
95
T6
na mertagabey
67
T7
na tomelce
6
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 Naeramarth
75
T6
na Nodscene
75
T5
na kangadoodoo
65
T7
na Onix Verumi
80
T7
na JudgeX
50
T3
na 8raz
47
T3
na Bandy
70
T4
na stagemadness
85
T9
na ooh waffles
7
T7
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 mayabelle
0
T6
na clawx
80
T6
na Seth FLC
78
T6
na cthululaw
83
T8
na jimmyjazz
70
T5
na eangheben
70
T7
na FullCollapse
92
T10
na Bruce
50
T4
na paghat
80
T7
na Cronos
80
T9
na Lindsey24
74
T6
na Sunsplitter
48
T5
na Barraoc
80
T9
na rorybhoy1888
78
T2
na CinematicESP
85
T7
A great deconstruction of the slasher film. Very clever structure. Nathan Baesel deserves to become a star.
na RetinaScan
60
T3
na pomattovich
84
T7
na whitejeft
78
T5
na gabehabash
90
T9
na eksero
82
T7
na e-ball
90
T10
na Prismatic
52
T1
na balbobin
80
T6
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 joseywales
81
T9
The best thing to happen to the horror/slasher genre in years.
na FreddieQuell
66
T5
na northerain
75
T7
na what side
60
T4
na mellowthello
75
T7
na kakivsjok
80
T7
na AceySaid10%
60
T1
na loserville
83
T9
na Matthulhu
85
T7
na LB94
81
T8
na sstrack
89
T7
na stubar
69
T3
na mattnawrocki
75
T6
na McCorpse
68
T3
it was a cool idea, kind of like a both cabin in the woods and man bites dog, how it deconstructs what makes a horror movie and both mocks and becomes one at the same time. pretty well done
na ticklemonstr
75
T5
na dddddd1225
60
T3
na xyilythingre
90
T6
na bob thrillin
45
T3
na hoolie
50
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na hondo11008
80
T6
na panchovilla
90
T10
na SDPlissken
18
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na kevin.sheets
65
T2
na poltergeist
65
T6
na slain
82
T7
na thefriedone
80
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 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 mdoehler
100
T6
na yawkcorb
88
T8
na Miche\'
60
T6
na brianrobot
4
T7
na TaLeNDiL
8
T1
na Iamjohn
85
T5
na Scarface
80
T9
na trung_
95
T8
na sebby
65
T5
na imajericho
62
T2
na jontaylor85
80
T8
na sacrilicious
0
T1
na loimprevisto
98
T9
na onegin3000
85
T8
na hellboy76
68
T7
Well made, clever, only soft spot is some of the acting.
na ZombieBuffet
80
T10
na Exidor
60
T3
na unusuall
74
T7
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 Meta Critic
66
T7
na jonnykuda
96
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 spideyman99
86
T8
na Ofterdingen
57
T5
Good fun until the final 1/3 where it turns Into just another (bad) slasher movie.
na komois
70
T5
na Huychu
88
T7
na lyrradsemaj
42
T2
na bribrihate
70
T4
na Zen Lunatic
78
T6
na tuffghost
69
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na deadbydawn
70
T3
na itschinatown
88
T7
na sprinkles23
98
T10
na bbates2
1
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na kez
77
T9
na Caleb Juice
80
T7
na KagnuS
54
T2
na gogokain
70
T8
Surprisingly entertaining.
na KMcNeil
8
T9
na arcadia
82
T3
na schizotoast
80
T7
na capitalist
45
T3
na EvilShoe
50
T3
na ForrestQ
50
T2
na jcortez702
88
T8
na gulnur
55
T1
na Beageal
76
T6
na albino_rhino
92
T10
na vencha
88
T8
na Littlepip
65
T4
na filmaffinity
60
T5
na gonzalo
5
T2
na rickyafraid
84
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na madiso
65
T8
na manwich
80
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na Gauntlet
60
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na Bacchanalian
78
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na Shades.
73
T2
na donquixotic
89
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na demirtas
3
T6
na Italo
1
T6
na Tez Dog NZ
72
T4
na JennSicu79
76
T7
na MadMan
90
T7
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 roger1
90
T8
na tipkin
56
T3
na Killfast37
88
T10
na kurisu1974
65
T6
na filmcave
68
T4
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 HyphenateMe
79
T9
A pretty cool twist on the slasher genre, even though it becomes a slasher itself.
na cranky
60
T5
na marco_n65
58
T1
na fact100
36
T2
na jewellrunner
64
T4
na Spunkie
60
T7
Playing on the line of mockumentary, this is a clever discourse of teen-slashers which I have little interest in. Reverse engineering main absurdities of slashers is nicely done, but psychological confessions of Leslie sometimes get out of the limit; "closet represents the womb".
na Averman004
75
T5
na BGJ
20
T3
na RNG
27
T3
na KLucas1983
60
T5
na Iwantham
78
T6
na heathcliff
49
T3
na PeterdeJ
60
T3
na YourNameHere
80
T2
Film makers follow a serial killer. Funny, and sort of scary at time. Doesn't take itself too seriously.
na marcovp
80
T5
na DanseMacabre
90
T10
na moeru
80
T7
na Grouchy
82
T6
na calinki
80
T7
na wizard81
66
T3
na Carpetgiant
96
T10
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