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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 mundy767
87
T9
na GoreGalore
75
T8
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 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 soia1979
60
T6
na avgcrtckr
62
T7
na kakivsjok
80
T7
na kurisu1974
65
T6
na Prismatic
52
T1
na eksero
82
T7
na donofthedead
55
T3
na clawx
80
T6
na RetinaScan
60
T3
na yesistasty
76
T4
Cliches aren't a good thing in themselves. That's why slashers kinda suck in the first place.
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 Seth FLC
78
T6
na Hellvis
65
T3
na Nodscene
75
T5
na sebby
65
T5
na MichaelMalan
93
T7
na e-ball
90
T10
na slain
82
T7
na Exidor
60
T3
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 louloubunny
68
T6
na Vandelay1
87
T10
Very Nice
na sebfryer
75
T8
na TroyAnderson
89
T10
na Zeno
73
T4
na decathect
4
T7
na tinythedogg
90
T10
na knyttelol
10
T1
na xyilythingre
90
T6
na cengizhan
86
T8
na zupmat
60
T3
na tuffghost
69
T7
na sirphibes
55
T2
na autumnbreeze
87
T10
na Eignarom
85
T9
na Littlepip
65
T4
na bat-cow
79
T7
na arcadia
82
T3
na jimmyjazz
70
T5
na poltergeist
65
T6
na Miche\'
60
T6
na CinematicESP
85
T7
A great deconstruction of the slasher film. Very clever structure. Nathan Baesel deserves to become a star.
na schizotoast
80
T7
na jonas01radio
80
T6
na bearjazz
90
T9
na madiso
65
T8
na willow
74
T7
na mattnawrocki
75
T6
na labballin24
73
T7
na echidna
85
T5
na yawkcorb
88
T8
na pillowpants
94
T10
na Beageal
76
T6
na liuk
87
T9
na kangadoodoo
65
T7
na Treeship
79
T8
na imdb
70
T8
na Zen Lunatic
78
T6
na pomattovich
84
T7
na Mattsdmf
70
T5
na korbenPL
62
T9
na Naeramarth
75
T6
na roger1
90
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 janvanaa
58
T1
na kingofjew
72
T4
na NanashiKairi
40
T2
na mjcarruthers
85
T8
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 Doomsayer
75
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 EvilShoe
50
T3
na blinkyinkey
65
T4
na pboyle
70
T6
na IMDb-byvotes
69
T5
na real8
60
T6
na thefriedone
80
T7
na Huychu
88
T7
na BloodandBeer
90
T10
na drchainsaw9
90
T9
na ecalder
61
T6
na cbogdan
90
T8
na Dustyd
70
T7
na SickForay
75
T7
na krakow056
70
T9
na ablaze
69
T4
na joseywales
81
T9
The best thing to happen to the horror/slasher genre in years.
na hondo11008
80
T6
na glm
72
T5
71.750
na Onix Verumi
80
T7
na unusuall
74
T7
na mathiasa
70
T8
na marcovp
80
T5
na bogdan
100
T10
na Cheeseduck
10
T10
na Sheldrake
60
T6
na slashergirl
50
T5
Strange
na hubies
65
T4
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 cthululaw
83
T8
na northerain
75
T7
na tipkin
56
T3
na wizard81
66
T3
na sacrilicious
0
T1
na MentalCritic
75
T8
na rorybhoy1888
78
T2
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 ECSR
9
T9
na paah
20
T1
na loimprevisto
98
T9
na Matthulhu
85
T7
na filmcave
68
T4
na amccaffrey
83
T9
na albino_rhino
92
T10
na Jeb
75
T6
na calinki
80
T7
na FullCollapse
92
T10
na Barkinson
65
T8
na Ressa
95
T6
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 gogokain
70
T8
Surprisingly entertaining.
na ericcosta
75
T8
na thecynic
79
T8
na Scarface
80
T9
na aciddtripp
30
T1
na Caleb Juice
80
T7
na Killfast37
88
T10
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 mellowthello
75
T7
na Lindsey24
74
T6
na JohnnyZombie
88
T8
na Jyan
91
T9
na AAAutin
50
T6
na Thejaff
60
T3
na mertagabey
67
T7
na Hadleyreis
68
T6
na redfrost
60
T6
na balbobin
80
T6
na rhinderman
86
T8
na furious113
69
T6
na Iwantham
78
T6
na jcortez702
88
T8
na priex10
0
T2
na Hamido
70
T6
na paghat
80
T7
na Bandy
70
T4
na dgeiser13
1
T6
na p00q
100
T10
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 Kojiless
84
T10
Good movie. Ending was a little weak, but it does everything else very well. Great casting for the librarian.
na jspidah
9
T1
na brandonpcv
62
T5
na bob thrillin
45
T3
na rickyafraid
84
T8
na KLucas1983
60
T5
na Tez Dog NZ
72
T4
na jewellrunner
64
T4
na sahume2029
87
T9
na ooh waffles
7
T7
na Gordon Cole
66
T5
na JennSicu79
76
T7
na Crazy Jack
75
T7
na LB94
81
T8
na capitalist
45
T3
na tomelce
30
T9
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 adouble
85
T8
A really fun little indy movie that unfortunately has a throughly unsatisfying ending. Nathan Baesel is great in the lead role, coming across as so charming and funny it's hard not to like him. The way the movie plays with the genres cliches is a lot of fun, but unfortunately that all flies out the window in the last 20 minutes when the movie becomes a generic slasher flick with no satire in sight.
na marco_n65
58
T1
na envy
40
T2
na sealer
80
T8
na AceySaid10%
60
T1
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 dddddd1225
60
T3
na ticklemonstr
75
T5
na deathtoyou
87
T6
na Swinger
7
T5
na ChrisReynold
58
T4
na Shades.
73
T2
na filmaffinity
60
T5
na jhmee8
33
T1
na sgdrew
70
T8
na hehheh
3
T6
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 cosmic_bus
60
T4
na JohnSandwich
40
T2
found it rather dull tbh
na McCorpse
68
T4
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 jbyn
78
T7
na Fantastika
92
T8
na manwich
80
T7
na komois
70
T5
na hellboy76
68
T7
Well made, clever, only soft spot is some of the acting.
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 FreddieQuell
66
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 ZombieBuffet
80
T10
na gonzalo
5
T2
na stagemadness
85
T9
na kevin.sheets
65
T2
na MadMan
90
T7
na bbates2
1
T2
na mdoehler
100
T6
na Gauntlet
60
T3
na Serie 9
70
T4
na pharaujo
82
T7
na ssczus
45
T2
na NoSex
75
T6
na RNG
27
T3
na kreid
75
T6
na killersmalls
70
T4
na mayabelle
0
T6
na Positive Jon
80
T6
na JMBosch
82
T7
na ferked
88
T9
na Bacchanalian
78
T7
na shok
2
T6
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 adidawha
80
T8
na seventwelve
85
T8
na TaLeNDiL
8
T1
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 donquixotic
89
T10
na CMQuinn
10
T10
na mr oscar
95
T6
na magikid
85
T10
na mightysparks
80
T10
na landpwner
54
T3
na caiman
52
T2
na roigroigroig
70
T5
na Barraoc
80
T9
na rikolai
60
T6
na wonbin
40
T5
na what side
60
T4
na BGJ
20
T3
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 jjack229
75
T9
na trip9
85
T10
na gabehabash
90
T9
na sstrack
89
T7
na sprinkles23
98
T10
na Italo
1
T6
na deadbydawn
70
T3
na FrankBooth
60
T2
na Meta Critic
66
T7
na leviward19
99
T10
na imajericho
62
T2
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