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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 rikolai
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na Bandy
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na thefog1331
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na filmcave
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na Exidor
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na hehheh
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na matthewreddy
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na SDPlissken
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na donofthedead
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na kez
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na Sheldrake
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na Meta Critic
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na fenixdown
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Entertaining mockumentary about horror tropes and audience participation.
na autumnbreeze
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na 1strong
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na bribrihate
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na jimmyjazz
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na marco_n65
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na killersmalls
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na slashergirl
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Strange
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na FullCollapse
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na whitejeft
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na calinki
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na Marter
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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 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 KLucas1983
60
T5
na Hamido
70
T6
na Scarface
80
T9
na capitalist
45
T3
na Vandelay1
87
T10
Very Nice
na imajericho
62
T3
na filmaffinity
60
T5
na Mattsdmf
70
T5
na BGJ
20
T3
na HyphenateMe
79
T9
A pretty cool twist on the slasher genre, even though it becomes a slasher itself.
na Kojiless
84
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Good movie. Ending was a little weak, but it does everything else very well. Great casting for the librarian.
na Jyan
91
T9
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 untrustable
76
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A fun deconstruction then reconstruction of the slasher genre.
na mjcarruthers
85
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na yesistasty
76
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Cliches aren't a good thing in themselves. That's why slashers kinda suck in the first place.
na mertagabey
67
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na Italo
1
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na BloodandBeer
90
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na Serie 9
70
T4
na thecynic
79
T8
na pharaujo
82
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na nandorizzi
20
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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 hellboy76
68
T7
Well made, clever, only soft spot is some of the acting.
na IMDb-byvotes
69
T5
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 Dustyd
70
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na jontaylor85
80
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na JohnnyZombie
88
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na Lagavulin
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na mayabelle
0
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na unusuall
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na pomattovich
84
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na YourNameHere
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Film makers follow a serial killer. Funny, and sort of scary at time. Doesn't take itself too seriously.
na Averman004
75
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na lyrradsemaj
42
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na angela79at
10
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na tomelce
6
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na joseywales
81
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The best thing to happen to the horror/slasher genre in years.
na AceySaid10%
60
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na imdb
70
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na janvanaa
58
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na bluetin
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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 avgcrtckr
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na ssczus
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na redfrost
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na eksero
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na ezpkns34
22
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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 Gordon Cole
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na sebby
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na jewellrunner
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na Gladstone
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na Treeship
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na gonzalo
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na labballin24
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na LB94
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na Jlschnei
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na dgeiser13
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na Squin
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na damil
65
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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 Barkinson
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na wizard81
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na wonbin
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na Rocketlucco
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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 Cronos
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na paah
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na mathiasa
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na Shades.
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na Positive Jon
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na LazyNinja
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na sgdrew
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na SlantMag
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"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 Euronymous
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na RetinaScan
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na what side
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na Hellvis
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na bbates2
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na Tez Dog NZ
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na furious113
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na luciusgore
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"A rather funny "Scream"-like cross between a mockumentary and a direct-to-video slasher movie."
na JohnSandwich
40
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found it rather dull tbh
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 Fantastika
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na bearjazz
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na JohnnyHarker
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na jbyn
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na manwich
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na Littlepip
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na Prismatic
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na Grouchy
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na ticklemonstr
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na wcsae
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na arcadia
82
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na priex10
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na ChrisReynold
58
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na CRAYON
55
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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 sirphibes
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na Zen Lunatic
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na amccaffrey
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na TripleSH
90
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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 rorybhoy1888
78
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na ScoobyCristi
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na komois
70
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na Goatcabin
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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 brandonpcv
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na TroyAnderson
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na rhinderman
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na sealer
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na Coheed
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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 moeru
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na Sunsplitter
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na PeterdeJ
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na ecalder
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na drchainsaw9
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na eangheben
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na schizotoast
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na Cubal
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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 louloubunny
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na dddddd1225
60
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na sweevo
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na M.Robitussin
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na stagemadness
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na Crazy Jack
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na p00q
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na Seth FLC
78
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na Nodscene
75
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na roger1
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na jspidah
9
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na jcortez702
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na loimprevisto
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na ribcage
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na MentalCritic
75
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na ooh waffles
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na willow
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na v_koly
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na sebfryer
75
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na cengizhan
86
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na RNG
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na xyilythingre
90
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na Iwantham
78
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na ferked
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na AAAutin
50
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na AdeBrown
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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 sh4dow
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na Doomsayer
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na mightysparks
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na tuffghost
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na Matthulhu
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na onegin3000
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na bat-cow
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na balbobin
80
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na GoreGalore
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na cranky
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na gabehabash
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na trung_
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na Swinger
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na theshmo
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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 SickForay
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na kevin.sheets
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na Jeb
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na CaptMal
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na sacrilicious
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na deadbydawn
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na Supes
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na loserville
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na princemuchao
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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 IchBinFrei
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na Bacchanalian
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na albino_rhino
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na poltergeist
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na kakivsjok
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na KMcNeil
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na CatScandal
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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 Iamjohn
85
T5
na bogdan
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na ZombieBuffet
80
T10
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 trip9
85
T10
na magikid
85
T10
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 clawx
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na snakeinabox
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na slain
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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 Barraoc
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T9
na FreddieQuell
66
T5
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 KagnuS
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na mattnawrocki
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na MichaelMalan
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na real8
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na leviward19
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na krakow056
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na rickyafraid
84
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na Carpetgiant
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na echidna
85
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na Naeramarth
75
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na liuk
87
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na NanashiKairi
40
T2
na fact100
36
T2
na tinythedogg
90
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na RavynLoony
62
T7
na pboyle
70
T6
na Ressa
95
T6
na ablaze
69
T4
na soybomb42
87
T8
na Cheeseduck
10
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na decathect
4
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na korbenPL
62
T9
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