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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 mdoehler
100
T6
na louloubunny
68
T6
na TripleSH 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 stubar stubar
69
T3
na jspidah
9
T1
na calinki calinki
80
T7
na Naeramarth Naeramarth
75
T6
na ribcage ribcage
92
T10
na burksta LB94
81
T8
na tinythedogg tinythedogg
90
T10
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 BGJ
20
T3
na snakeinabox
6
T5
na mjcarruthers
85
T8
na Hadleyreis Hadleyreis
68
T6
na jonas01radio jonas01radio
80
T6
na AdeBrown 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 Jeb Jeb
75
T6
na demirtas
3
T6
na KagnuS KagnuS
54
T2
na kurisu1974 kurisu1974
65
T6
na Jlschnei
75
T4
na Littlepip Littlepip
65
T4
na GentlemanRC GentlemanRC
51
T4
na SickForay SickForay
75
T7
na goldman2 goldman2
78
T9
na caiman caiman
52
T2
na HalfJapanese 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 zupmat
60
T3
na RNG
27
T3
na mattnawrocki
75
T6
na JennSicu79
76
T7
na Averman004
75
T6
na xyilythingre xyilythingre
90
T6
na Positive Jon
80
T6
na rorybhoy1888
78
T2
na sahume2029
87
T9
na donquixotic
89
T10
na JohnSandwich JohnSandwich
40
T2
found it rather dull tbh
na tuffghost tuffghost
69
T7
na mundy767
87
T9
na MrHallenbeck MrHallenbeck
76
T5
na Gauntlet Gauntlet
60
T3
na bbates2
1
T2
na Miche\'
60
T6
na filmaffinity filmaffinity
60
T5
na Iwantham Iwantham
78
T6
na hellboy76 hellboy76
68
T7
Well made, clever, only soft spot is some of the acting.
na ScoobyCristi ScoobyCristi
1
T1
na Bacchanalian Bacchanalian
78
T7
na jimmyjazz
70
T5
na sprinkles23
98
T10
na roger1
90
T8
na sweevo sweevo
95
T10
na sealer
80
T8
na mertagabey
67
T7
na Zeno
73
T4
na pboyle
70
T6
na stanthecaddy 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 8raz 8raz
47
T3
na KMcNeil KMcNeil
8
T9
na janvanaa
58
T1
na AAAutin AAAutin
50
T6
na ooh_waffles ooh waffles
7
T7
na real8 real8
60
T6
na slain
82
T7
na JohnnyZombie JohnnyZombie
88
T8
na 1strong
66
T7
na Doomsayer
75
T8
na FullCollapse
92
T10
na Jyan
91
T9
na revolverjgw
84
T10
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 Sheldrake Sheldrake
60
T6
na JimmyLeresky JimmyLeresky
70
T5
na ticklemonstr
75
T5
na aciddtripp
30
T1
na heathcliff
49
T3
na seventwelve
85
T8
na pharaujo
82
T7
na sstrack
89
T7
na labballin24 labballin24
73
T7
na vencha
88
T8
na manwich
80
T7
na LazyNinja LazyNinja
65
T6
na rickyafraid rickyafraid
84
T8
na glm
72
T5
71.750
na sebby sebby
65
T5
na itschinatown
88
T7
na sirphibes sirphibes
55
T2
na Shades.
73
T2
na osmanliemre Hamido
70
T6
na Meta_Critic Meta Critic
66
T7
na lebnof lebnof
85
T10
na loimprevisto
98
T9
na Fantastika
92
T8
na AceySaid10 AceySaid10%
60
T1
na stagemadness
85
T9
na cosmic_bus
60
T4
na metaller
70
T6
na spideyman99
86
T8
na Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
66
T5
na trung_
95
T8
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 gabehabash gabehabash
90
T10
na Hellvis Hellvis
65
T3
na Barraoc Barraoc
80
T9
na roigroigroig roigroigroig
70
T5
na mathiasa
70
T8
na hubies hubies
65
T4
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 Supes
77
T8
na autumnbreeze autumnbreeze
87
T10
na jbyn jbyn
78
T7
na shok
2
T6
na NanashiKairi
40
T2
na 7akash
85
T8
na Crazy_Jack Crazy Jack
75
T7
na ablaze
69
T4
na Killfast37
88
T10
na CRAYON 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 drchainsaw9 drchainsaw9
90
T9
na matthewreddy
88
T5
na Caleb Juice
80
T7
na Darko Vandelay1
87
T10
Very Nice
na Nodscene
75
T5
na VorpalSmiles VorpalSmiles
85
T8
Very clever concept, I really liked this one.
na Exidor
60
T3
na vmboudreau vmboudreau
65
T8
na CaptMal
90
T7
na korbenPL korbenPL
62
T9
na eksero
82
T7
na thecynic
79
T8
na theshmo 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 jhmee8
33
T1
na bob thrillin
45
T3
na willow
74
T7
na envy envy
40
T2
na brandonpcv brandonpcv
62
T5
na FrankBooth
60
T2
na JMBosch JMBosch
82
T7
na hehheh
3
T6
na CMQuinn CMQuinn
10
T10
na www.com.br
74
T8
na Barthalen Barthalen
69
T5
ScreamMan Bites Dog.
na blucthulhu
60
T4
na cranky cranky
60
T5
na Infenso paah
20
T1
na amccaffrey amccaffrey
83
T9
na MadMan MadMan
90
T7
na Serie 9
70
T4
na Onix Verumi
80
T7
na adidawha adidawha
80
T8
na bat-cow
79
T7
na CinemaAsia 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 moeru
80
T7
na wonbin
40
T5
na arcadia
82
T3
na soia1979
60
T6
na mightysparks mightysparks
80
T10
na p00q p00q
100
T10
na rhinderman rhinderman
86
T8
na D34F PeterdeJ
60
T3
na kingofjew kingofjew
72
T4
na Beageal Beageal
76
T6
na Iamjohn
85
T5
na jontaylor85
80
T8
na IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
69
T5
na jcortez702
88
T8
na Jerky Jerky
60
T8
na what_side what side
60
T4
na tomelce tomelce
6
T7
na gogokain gogokain
70
T8
Surprisingly entertaining.
na echidna
85
T5
na Barkinson
65
T8
na clawx
80
T6
na joseywales joseywales
81
T9
The best thing to happen to the horror/slasher genre in years.
na Paxton 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 Grouchy Grouchy
82
T6
na trip9
85
T10
na FreddieQuell
66
T5
na ssczus ssczus
45
T2
na leviward19
99
T10
na gulnur gulnur
55
T1
na kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
65
T7
na DocBrowne
90
T9
na deadbydawn
70
T3
na RetinaScan RetinaScan
60
T3
na adouble 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 bogdan
100
T10
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 blinkyinkey blinkyinkey
65
T4
na priex10
0
T2
na v_koly
7
T5
na stoner38
82
T7
na knyttelol
10
T1
na RavynLoony
62
T7
na Prismatic Prismatic
52
T1
na yesistasty yesistasty
76
T4
Cliches aren't a good thing in themselves. That's why slashers kinda suck in the first place.
na Thejaff
60
T2
na imajericho
62
T3
na NoSex NoSex
75
T6
na Daveski
87
T7
na unusuall
74
T7
na DanseMacabre
90
T10
na Italo
1
T6
na hoolie
50
T2
na paghat paghat
80
T7
na soybomb42
87
T8
na kevin.sheets
65
T2
na MichaelMalan MichaelMalan
93
T7
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 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 kez
77
T9
na Lonewolf2003
80
T7
na KLucas1983
60
T5
na e-ball
90
T10
na rikolai
60
T6
na gonzalo gonzalo
5
T2
na MRobitussin M.Robitussin
85
T4
na pomattovich
84
T7
na jjack229
74
T9
na mr_oscar mr oscar
90
T5
na hondo11008
80
T6
na thefog1331 thefog1331
81
T5
na TroyAnderson
89
T10
na Kojiless Kojiless
84
T10
Good movie. Ending was a little weak, but it does everything else very well. Great casting for the librarian.
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 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
62
T7
na fact100 fact100
36
T2
na Bandy Bandy
70
T4
na decathect decathect
4
T8
na panchovilla
90
T10
na krakow056 krakow056
70
T9
na SlantMag 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 CinematicESP CinematicESP
85
T7
A great deconstruction of the slasher film. Very clever structure. Nathan Baesel deserves to become a star.
na Euronymous Euronymous
60
T5
na yawkcorb yawkcorb
88
T8
na Tez_Dog_NZ Tez Dog NZ
72
T4
na ecalder ecalder
61
T6
na sh4dow
80
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 northerain
75
T7
na Seth FLC
78
T6
na bribrihate
70
T4
na GoreGalore
75
T8
na thirdeye89
81
T4
na ChrisReynold ChrisReynold
58
T4
na Clopinette 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 ZombieBuffet ZombieBuffet
80
T10
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