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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 arcadia
82
T3
na BloodandBeer
90
T10
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 northerain
75
T7
na madiso
65
T8
na gogokain
70
T8
Surprisingly entertaining.
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 e-ball
90
T10
na TaLeNDiL
8
T1
na sebfryer
75
T8
na aquila
40
T2
na bogdan
100
T10
na Matthulhu
85
T7
na bearjazz
90
T9
na schizotoast
80
T7
na Zen Lunatic
78
T6
na bribrihate
70
T4
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 revolverjgw
84
T10
na BGJ
20
T3
na FullCollapse
92
T10
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 HyphenateMe
79
T9
A pretty cool twist on the slasher genre, even though it becomes a slasher itself.
na kangadoodoo
65
T7
na deathtoyou
87
T6
na NanashiKairi
40
T2
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 Miche\'
60
T6
na itschinatown
88
T7
na gonzalo
5
T2
na redfrost
60
T6
na Jyan
91
T9
na loimprevisto
98
T9
na mightysparks
80
T10
na Sunsplitter
48
T5
na komois
70
T5
na Barraoc
80
T9
na rorybhoy1888
78
T2
na willow
74
T7
na Hadleyreis
68
T6
na wonbin
40
T5
na calinki
80
T7
na JimmyLeresky
70
T5
na matthewreddy
88
T5
na PeterdeJ
60
T3
na donofthedead
55
T3
na rhinderman
86
T8
na Jerky
60
T8
na mayabelle
0
T6
na Italo
1
T6
na IMDb-byvotes
69
T5
na hehheh
3
T6
na brianrobot
4
T7
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 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 blucthulhu
60
T4
na jspidah
9
T1
na labballin24
73
T7
na 8raz
47
T3
na hondo11008
80
T6
na filmcave
68
T4
na ablaze
69
T4
na TroyAnderson
89
T10
na ooh waffles
7
T7
na slain
82
T7
na trung_
95
T8
na vmboudreau
65
T8
na dddddd1225
60
T3
na sirphibes
55
T2
na sealer
80
T8
na ticklemonstr
75
T5
na xyilythingre
90
T6
na louloubunny
68
T6
na jimmyjazz
70
T5
na avgcrtckr
62
T7
na Treeship
79
T8
na NoSex
75
T6
na Cronos
80
T9
na mr oscar
95
T6
na lebnof
77
T10
na Carpetgiant
96
T10
na ssczus
45
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 aciddtripp
30
T1
na manwich
80
T7
na Sheldrake
60
T6
na killersmalls
70
T4
na KMcNeil
8
T9
na Grouchy
82
T6
na janvanaa
58
T1
na Supes
77
T8
na Averman004
75
T6
na pharaujo
82
T7
na ZombieBuffet
80
T10
na mjcarruthers
85
T8
na GoreGalore
75
T8
na Zeno
73
T4
na Hölle
73
T4
na tinythedogg
90
T10
na Nodscene
75
T5
na MrHallenbeck
76
T6
na MadMan
90
T7
na sweevo
95
T10
na paah
20
T1
na whitejeft
78
T5
na Daveski
87
T7
na SDPlissken
18
T2
na echidna
85
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 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 AAAutin
50
T6
na filmaffinity
60
T5
na Barkinson
65
T8
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 eksero
82
T7
na Ressa
95
T6
na Squin
93
T10
na gabehabash
90
T10
na M.Robitussin
85
T5
na amccaffrey
83
T9
na tomelce
6
T7
na 7akash
85
T8
na ECSR
9
T9
na RetinaScan
60
T3
na kurisu1974
65
T6
na cosmic_bus
60
T4
na stubar
69
T3
na Hellvis
65
T3
na krakow056
70
T9
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 furious113
69
T6
na rikolai
60
T6
na albino_rhino
92
T10
na Killfast37
88
T10
na deadbydawn
70
T3
na p00q
100
T10
na Gauntlet
60
T3
na tipkin
56
T3
na LazyNinja
65
T6
na Thejaff
60
T2
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 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 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 liuk
87
T9
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 mertagabey
67
T7
na sahume2029
87
T9
na dgeiser13
1
T6
na seventwelve
85
T8
na soybomb42
87
T8
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 shok
2
T6
na yesistasty
76
T4
Cliches aren't a good thing in themselves. That's why slashers kinda suck in the first place.
na adidawha
80
T8
na decathect
4
T7
na pboyle
70
T6
na eangheben
70
T7
na magikid
85
T10
na ChrisReynold
58
T4
na Exidor
60
T3
na RNG
27
T3
na kingofjew
72
T4
na Beageal
76
T6
na Tez Dog NZ
72
T4
na cengizhan
86
T8
na thirdeye89
81
T4
na bat-cow
79
T7
na thefriedone
80
T7
na priex10
0
T2
na EvilShoe
50
T3
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 jjack229
74
T9
na cranky
60
T5
na bob thrillin
45
T3
na snakeinabox
6
T5
na cthululaw
83
T8
na drchainsaw9
90
T9
na Zygrunte
70
T7
na FreddieQuell
66
T5
na FrankBooth
60
T2
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 autumnbreeze
87
T10
na soia1979
60
T6
na pillowpants
94
T10
na capitalist
45
T3
na Huychu
88
T7
na LB94
81
T8
na Gordon Cole
66
T5
na mathiasa
70
T8
na jcortez702
88
T8
na landpwner
54
T3
na envy
40
T2
na kreid
75
T6
na ferked
88
T9
na Dustyd
70
T7
na wcsae
89
T9
na mattnawrocki
75
T6
na Prismatic
52
T1
na hellboy76
68
T7
Well made, clever, only soft spot is some of the acting.
na wizard81
66
T3
na Bacchanalian
78
T7
na AceySaid10%
60
T1
na ladymcdeath
87
T9
Fun and clever.
na JMBosch
82
T7
na rickyafraid
84
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 imdb
70
T8
na JohnSandwich
40
T2
found it rather dull tbh
na Bandy
70
T4
na joseywales
81
T9
The best thing to happen to the horror/slasher genre in years.
na mdoehler
100
T6
na unusuall
74
T7
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 blinkyinkey
65
T4
na Crazy Jack
75
T7
na fact100
36
T2
na jontaylor85
80
T8
na YourNameHere
80
T2
Film makers follow a serial killer. Funny, and sort of scary at time. Doesn't take itself too seriously.
na kakivsjok
80
T7
na sgdrew
70
T8
na hubies
65
T4
na tuffghost
69
T8
na fenixdown
72
T5
Entertaining mockumentary about horror tropes and audience participation.
na heathcliff
49
T3
na ScoobyCristi
1
T1
na sstrack
89
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 MentalCritic
75
T8
na KagnuS
54
T2
na zupmat
60
T3
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 Meta Critic
66
T7
na Iwantham
78
T6
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 jewellrunner
64
T4
na demirtas
3
T6
na JohnnyZombie
88
T8
na what side
60
T4
na onegin3000
85
T8
na ericcosta
75
T8
na hoolie
50
T2
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 paghat
80
T7
na pomattovich
84
T7
na MichaelMalan
93
T7
na panchovilla
90
T10
na v_koly
7
T5
na uniform
62
T6
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 CaptMal
90
T7
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