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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 7akash
85
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na decathect
4
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na Fantastika
92
T8
na Cronos
80
T9
na gabehabash
90
T9
na luciusgore
30
T5
"A rather funny "Scream"-like cross between a mockumentary and a direct-to-video slasher movie."
na LB94
81
T8
na FrankBooth
60
T2
na thirdeye89
81
T4
na KMcNeil
8
T9
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 seventwelve
85
T8
na IchBinFrei
73
T5
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 Miche\'
60
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na M.Robitussin
85
T4
na gulnur
55
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na Shades.
73
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na pharaujo
82
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na Barkinson
65
T8
na untrustable
76
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A fun deconstruction then reconstruction of the slasher genre.
na marco_n65
58
T1
na MrHallenbeck
76
T5
na poltergeist
65
T6
na sealer
80
T8
na sahume2029
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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 CaptMal
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na roger1
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na ticklemonstr
75
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na Caleb Juice
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na EvilShoe
50
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na JohnnyHarker
7
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na avgcrtckr
62
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na JimmyLeresky
70
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na marcovp
80
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na ECSR
9
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na e-ball
90
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na Beageal
76
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na NanashiKairi
40
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na aciddtripp
30
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na stagemadness
85
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na demirtas
3
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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 JohnnyZombie
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na ribcage
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na ZombieBuffet
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na unusuall
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na cranky
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na real8
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na jimmyjazz
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na Vandelay1
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Very Nice
na echidna
85
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na kez
77
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na clawx
80
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na kangadoodoo
65
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na Trey1
51
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na balbobin
80
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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 wonbin
40
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na redfrost
60
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na JMBosch
82
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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 Meta Critic
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T7
na thefriedone
80
T7
na PeterdeJ
60
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na Zen Lunatic
78
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na NoSex
75
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na calinki
80
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na furious113
69
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na donofthedead
55
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na FreddieQuell
66
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na mellowthello
75
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na ScoobyCristi
1
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na mjcarruthers
85
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na deathtoyou
87
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na JennSicu79
76
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na amccaffrey
83
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na jbyn
78
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na mattnawrocki
75
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na hehheh
3
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na gogokain
70
T8
Surprisingly entertaining.
na labballin24
73
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na Lindsey24
74
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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 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 trung_
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na Zygrunte
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na autumnbreeze
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na ChrisReynold
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na schizotoast
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na HalfJapanese
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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 snakeinabox
6
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na thefog1331
81
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na Crazy Jack
75
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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 RavynLoony
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na envy
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na moeru
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na mundy767
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na donquixotic
89
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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 Gladstone
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na gonzalo
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na slashergirl
50
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Strange
na sh4dow
80
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na Swinger
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na zupmat
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na Iamjohn
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na soybomb42
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na sebby
65
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na Zeno
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na Marter
60
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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 aquila
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na Dustyd
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na KagnuS
54
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na ferked
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na ooh waffles
7
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na Italo
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na deadbydawn
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na sebfryer
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na Scarface
80
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na trip9
85
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na p00q
100
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na jonas01radio
80
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na capitalist
45
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na wcsae
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na lyrradsemaj
42
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na jewellrunner
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na hubies
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na Matthulhu
85
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na janvanaa
58
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na imdb
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na Jlschnei
75
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na LazyNinja
65
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na Squin
93
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na vencha
88
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na GoreGalore
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na filmaffinity
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na Serie 9
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na cosmic_bus
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na dddddd1225
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na Jeb
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na Thejaff
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na hoolie
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na jontaylor85
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na bob thrillin
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na TroyAnderson
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na shok
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na knyttelol
10
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na mertagabey
67
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na roigroigroig
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na Nodscene
75
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na bogdan
100
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na Carpetgiant
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na stoner38
82
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na ForrestQ
50
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na paah
20
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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 RetinaScan
60
T3
na paghat
80
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na IMDb-byvotes
69
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na fact100
36
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na Mattsdmf
70
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na cthululaw
83
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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 spideyman99
86
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 mightysparks
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na arcadia
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na Barraoc
80
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na slain
82
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na MichaelMalan
93
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na pboyle
70
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na adouble
85
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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 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 joseywales
81
T9
The best thing to happen to the horror/slasher genre in years.
na soia1979
60
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na priex10
0
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na ablaze
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na revolverjgw
84
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na whitejeft
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na panchovilla
90
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na bentien
55
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na YourNameHere
80
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Film makers follow a serial killer. Funny, and sort of scary at time. Doesn't take itself too seriously.
na Bruce
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na mr oscar
90
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na goldman2
78
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na 8raz
47
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na DanseMacabre
90
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na tomelce
6
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na vmboudreau
65
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na mayabelle
0
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na AAAutin
50
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na leviward19
99
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na pillowpants
94
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na loserville
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na thecynic
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na imajericho
62
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na jhmee8
33
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na heathcliff
49
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na ladymcdeath
87
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Fun and clever.
na Supes
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na drchainsaw9
90
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na Clopinette
50
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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 fenixdown
72
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Entertaining mockumentary about horror tropes and audience participation.
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 kurisu1974
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na adidawha
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na sprinkles23
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na bat-cow
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na magikid
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na KeanuGrieves
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na MadMan
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na liuk
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na xyilythingre
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na komois
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na jspidah
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na willow
74
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na Seth FLC
78
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na bluetin
90
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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 caiman
52
T2
na Barthalen
69
T5
ScreamMan Bites Dog.
na landpwner
54
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na bribrihate
70
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na ericcosta
75
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na Gordon Cole
66
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na korbenPL
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na angela79at
10
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na hondo11008
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na krakow056
70
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na Hadleyreis
68
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na Gauntlet
60
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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 Littlepip
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na Paxton
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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 Rocketlucco
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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 stubar
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na dgeiser13
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na filmcave
68
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na jcortez702
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na rhinderman
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na 1strong
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na Positive Jon
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na MentalCritic
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na onegin3000
85
T8
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 tuffghost
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na madiso
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na blucthulhu
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