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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)

Genres: Comedy, Suspense/Thriller, Horror

Country: USA

Directed By: Scott Glosserman

Written By: Scott Glosserman, David J. Stieve

Starring: Robert Englund, Scott Wilson, Zelda Rubinstein, Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals, Bridgett Newton, Kate Lang Johnson, Ben Pace, Britain Spellings, Hart Turner, Krissy Carlson, Travis Zariwny

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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon belongs to 19 collections
1. boobs (public: moderated by Pickpocket - 39 stars)
2. Netflix Instant (public: moderated by somnivore - 26 stars)
3. Directorial debut (public: moderated by djross - 9 stars)
4. Mockumentary (public: moderated by Spunkie - 6 stars)
5. Slasher (public: moderated by Moribunny - 6 stars)
6. Filmsite.org - Sex in the Movies, An Illustrated History (public: moderated by afx237vi - 2 stars)
7. After Dark Film Festival 2006 (public: moderated by sophie)
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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
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Matthew_Parkinson Matthew Parkinson (The Escapist)
60T7
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.
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Spunkie Spunkie
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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".
Gladstone Gladstone
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TripleSH TripleSH
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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.
Crazy_Jack Crazy Jack
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Entertaining mockumentary about horror tropes and audience participation.
ModernMillie ModernMillie
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One of the scripts featured in the documentary Dreams On Spec. More fun than I'd thought it would be. Reminded me in ways of Cabin In The Woods. Watch thru the credits.
BGJ
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nandorizzi nandorizzi
20T2
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.
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A fun deconstruction then reconstruction of the slasher genre.
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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.
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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.
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A pretty cool twist on the slasher genre, even though it becomes a slasher itself.
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Film makers follow a serial killer. Funny, and sort of scary at time. Doesn't take itself too seriously.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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It's weird enough to be 100% worth watching but it's not as groundbreaking as it wants to be.
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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.
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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.
stanthecaddy stanthecaddy
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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.
Daveski
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yesistasty yesistasty
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Cliches aren't a good thing in themselves. That's why slashers kinda suck in the first place.
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69T5
JohnSandwich JohnSandwich
40T2
found it rather dull tbh
CowherPower
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brandonpcv brandonpcv
62T5
wcsae
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manwich
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aquila
40T1
Clopinette Clopinette
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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.
ladymcdeath ladymcdeath
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Fun and clever.
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A great deconstruction of the slasher film. Very clever structure. Nathan Baesel deserves to become a star.
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Ofterdingen
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Good fun until the final 1/3 where it turns Into just another (bad) slasher movie.
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damil
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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.
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McCorpse
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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
EricDSnider2 EricDSnider2
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Cubal 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.
Carpetgiant Carpetgiant
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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.
Ressa Ressa
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The best thing to happen to the horror/slasher genre in years.
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