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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 Gauntlet
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na Matthulhu
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na Jerky
60
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na mertagabey
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na Coheed
30
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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 ecalder
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T6
na Gladstone
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na Hamido
70
T6
na xyilythingre
90
T6
na tinythedogg
90
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na aciddtripp
30
T1
na p00q
100
T10
na ericcosta
75
T8
na tomelce
6
T7
na calinki
80
T7
na demirtas
3
T6
na Seth FLC
78
T6
na sgdrew
70
T8
na hellboy76
68
T7
Well made, clever, only soft spot is some of the acting.
na ticklemonstr
75
T5
na Beageal
76
T6
na imdb
70
T8
na northerain
75
T7
na FreddieQuell
66
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na KMcNeil
8
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na Zeno
73
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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 LB94
81
T8
na donquixotic
89
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 sweevo
95
T10
na SDPlissken
18
T2
na stubar
69
T3
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 Ofterdingen
57
T5
Good fun until the final 1/3 where it turns Into just another (bad) slasher movie.
na stoner38
82
T7
na wonbin
40
T5
na slain
82
T7
na paah
20
T1
na Daveski
87
T7
na thefog1331
81
T5
na killersmalls
70
T4
na Cheeseduck
10
T10
na ZombieBuffet
80
T10
na thirdeye89
81
T4
na CMQuinn
10
T10
na RNG
27
T3
na JohnnyHarker
7
T7
na landpwner
54
T3
na ablaze
69
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na AAAutin
50
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na Zen Lunatic
78
T6
na gonzalo
5
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na HyphenateMe
79
T9
A pretty cool twist on the slasher genre, even though it becomes a slasher itself.
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 e-ball
90
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na bob thrillin
45
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na trip9
85
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na Onix Verumi
80
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na NoSex
75
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na IchBinFrei
73
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na gabehabash
90
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na echidna
85
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na cranky
60
T5
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 fact100
36
T2
na Cubal
100
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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 loimprevisto
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na MadMan
90
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na ForrestQ
50
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na Nodscene
75
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na kangadoodoo
65
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na sacrilicious
0
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na Littlepip
65
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na Squin
93
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na Serie 9
70
T4
na rorybhoy1888
78
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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 Vandelay1
87
T10
Very Nice
na DanseMacabre
90
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na stagemadness
85
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na rickyafraid
84
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na LazyNinja
65
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na kreid
75
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na IMDb-byvotes
69
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na filmaffinity
60
T5
na Riptide0
84
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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 balbobin
80
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na liuk
87
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na 8raz
47
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na jcortez702
88
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na eksero
82
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na mr oscar
95
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na MichaelMalan
93
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na avgcrtckr
62
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na itschinatown
88
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na komois
70
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na mdoehler
100
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na Lindsey24
74
T6
na roigroigroig
70
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na bentien
55
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na gogokain
70
T8
Surprisingly entertaining.
na ssczus
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na priex10
0
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na Bacchanalian
78
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na bogdan
100
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na Jeb
75
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na tef
85
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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 ooh waffles
7
T7
na ribcage
92
T10
na kakivsjok
80
T7
na Naeramarth
75
T6
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 Fantastika
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na Dustyd
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na lebnof
77
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na kez
77
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na adidawha
80
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na sstrack
89
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na thecynic
79
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na paghat
80
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na KLucas1983
60
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na PeterdeJ
60
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na deathtoyou
87
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na yawkcorb
88
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na Hadleyreis
68
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na Grouchy
82
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na furious113
69
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na npcdel
88
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Fantastic. Funny and (because of the setup) uniquely terrifying. I can't believe this is the lead's first-ever acting gig.
na blinkyinkey
65
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na www.com.br
74
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na rhinderman
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na SlantMag
15
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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 Shades.
73
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na Lagavulin
71
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na McCorpse
68
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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 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 JohnnyZombie
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na spideyman99
86
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na Killfast37
88
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na 1strong
66
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na JennSicu79
76
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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 Tez Dog NZ
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na autumnbreeze
87
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na sealer
80
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na Carpetgiant
96
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na zupmat
60
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na albino_rhino
92
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na bat-cow
79
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na CatScandal
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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 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 hoolie
50
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na Spunkie
60
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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 SickForay
75
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na AceySaid10%
60
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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 marcovp
80
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na Gordon Cole
66
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na knyttelol
10
T1
na Eignarom
85
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na mattnawrocki
75
T6
na Bandy
70
T4
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 cosmic_bus
60
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na KagnuS
54
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na kevin.sheets
65
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na Positive Jon
80
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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 bbates2
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na sirphibes
55
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na whitejeft
78
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na tipkin
56
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na Hellvis
65
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na Prismatic
52
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na snakeinabox
6
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na TroyAnderson
89
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na Jyan
91
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na wizard81
66
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na luciusgore
30
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"A rather funny "Scream"-like cross between a mockumentary and a direct-to-video slasher movie."
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 MrHallenbeck
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na arcadia
82
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na filmcave
68
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na thefriedone
80
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na ScoobyCristi
1
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na cthululaw
83
T8
na BloodandBeer
90
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na RetinaScan
60
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na Crazy Jack
75
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na trung_
95
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na soia1979
60
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na poltergeist
65
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na rikolai
60
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na soybomb42
87
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na Barraoc
80
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na amccaffrey
83
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na schizotoast
80
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na jewellrunner
64
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na sebfryer
75
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na fenixdown
72
T5
Entertaining mockumentary about horror tropes and audience participation.
na louloubunny
68
T6
na bearjazz
90
T9
na Swinger
70
T6
na mayabelle
0
T6
na Averman004
75
T5
na cbogdan
90
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na mightysparks
80
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na JudgeX
50
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na deadbydawn
70
T3
na M.Robitussin
85
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na vmboudreau
65
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na jbyn
78
T7
na JimmyLeresky
70
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na Italo
1
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na Zygrunte
70
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na ladymcdeath
87
T9
Fun and clever.
na Thejaff
60
T2
na krakow056
70
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na sebby
65
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na blucthulhu
60
T4
na vencha
88
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na dddddd1225
60
T3
na Miche\'
60
T6
na dgeiser13
1
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na Scarface
80
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na heathcliff
49
T3
na real8
60
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na clawx
80
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na shok
2
T6
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 BGJ
20
T3
na korbenPL
62
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na angela79at
10
T1
na Doomsayer
75
T8
na Iwantham
78
T6
na Sunsplitter
48
T5
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 bribrihate
70
T4
na KeanuGrieves
8
T7
na drchainsaw9
90
T9
na roger1
90
T8
na joseywales
81
T9
The best thing to happen to the horror/slasher genre in years.
na hehheh
3
T6
na Barkinson
65
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na sprinkles23
98
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na Meta Critic
66
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na envy
40
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na slashergirl
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