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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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joseywales joseywales
81T9
The best thing to happen to the horror/slasher genre in years.
mattnawrocki
75T6
getmoney
79T6
It's weird enough to be 100% worth watching but it's not as groundbreaking as it wants to be.
SlantMag SlantMag
15T3
"For all of its lame distastefulness, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is a sadly appropriate reflection of its time." - Rob Humanick
loimprevisto
98T9
MrHallenbeck MrHallenbeck
79T7
muratkrks muratkrks
74T7
e-ball
90T10
Tez_Dog_NZ Tez Dog NZ
72T4
bat-cow
79T7
Rocketlucco
70T7
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.
wcsae
89T9
onegin3000
85T8
SickForay SickForay
75T7
kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
65T7
dgeiser13
1T6
calinki calinki
80T7
JennSicu79
76T7
Bandy Bandy
70T4
NanashiKairi
40T2
SunMonkey SunMonkey
65T2
jewellrunner jewellrunner
64T4
Gauntlet Gauntlet
60T3
AdeBrown AdeBrown
90T9
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.
Cheeseduck Cheeseduck
10T10
pboyle
70T6
caiman caiman
52T2
tuffghost tuffghost
69T7
jimmyjazz
70T5
korbenPL korbenPL
62T9
sprinkles23
98T10
GentlemanRC GentlemanRC
51T4
whitejeft whitejeft
78T5
itschinatown
88T7
kosmasp
90T10
Grouchy Grouchy
82T6
Exidor
60T3
sweevo sweevo
95T10
CMQuinn CMQuinn
10T10
IchBinFrei IchBinFrei
73T6
Wolfbrother Wolfbrother
92T9
sirphibes sirphibes
55T2
Kojiless Kojiless
88T9
Good movie. Ending was a little weak, but it does everything else very well. Great casting for the librarian.
Italo
1T6
osmanliemre Hamido
70T6
janvanaa janvanaa
58T1
leviward19
99T10
FullCollapse
92T10
rhinderman rhinderman
86T8
stagemadness
85T9
Barthalen Barthalen
69T5
ScreamMan Bites Dog.
aeiou11235
80T6
ForrestQ ForrestQ
50T2
jwmartin
67T3
snakeinabox
6T5
Averman004
75T5
TroyAnderson
89T10
bentien
55T5
Gladstone Gladstone
8T10
bob thrillin
45T3
ooh_waffles ooh waffles
7T7
Euronymous Euronymous
60T5
mr_oscar mr oscar
90T6
thirdeye89
81T4
kyussj
60T5
Coheed
30T1
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 clich├ęs 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.
mjcarruthers
85T8
Killfast37
88T10
albino_rhino
92T10
Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
66T5
zupmat
60T3
RavynLoony
62T7
willow
74T7
Sunsplitter
48T5
gogokain gogokain
70T8
Surprisingly entertaining.
RNG
27T3
CinematicESP CinematicESP
85T7
A great deconstruction of the slasher film. Very clever structure. Nathan Baesel deserves to become a star.
pillowpants
94T10
Scarface Scarface
80T9
CatScandal
72T8
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.
knyttelol
10T1
ferked
88T9
balbobin balbobin
80T7
mdoehler
100T6
metz metz
70T9
Positive Jon
80T6
amccaffrey amccaffrey
83T9
mertagabey
67T7
Ofterdingen
57T5
Good fun until the final 1/3 where it turns Into just another (bad) slasher movie.
ezpkns34
22T1
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
RetinaScan RetinaScan
60T3
jhmee8
33T1
vencha
88T8
Cubal Cubal
100T10
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.
thesar-2
60T7
VentureForth VentureForth
70T8
Lagavulin
71T5
CRAYON CRAYON
55T2
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.
adidawha adidawha
80T8
thecynic
79T8
roger1
90T6
lebnof lebnof
85T10
MRobitussin M.Robitussin
85T4
donofthedead
55T3
htiman htiman
75T6
rootbeercirc
78T6
soia1979
60T6
Littlepip Littlepip
65T4
YourNameHere
80T2
Film makers follow a serial killer. Funny, and sort of scary at time. Doesn't take itself too seriously.
northerain
75T7
te18 te18
6T7
ladymcdeath ladymcdeath
87T9
Fun and clever.
dominus dominus
60T3
Paxton Paxton
84T9
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.
priex10
0T2
Jlschnei
75T4
magikid
85T10
Reavic
50T6
ericcosta ericcosta
75T8
SDPlissken SDPlissken
18T2
Eignarom Eignarom
85T9
brandonpcv brandonpcv
62T5
kez
77T9
trung_
95T8
Fantastika
92T8
gabehabash gabehabash
90T10
moody_girl moody girl
50T5
Strange
CowherPower
90T10
filmaffinity filmaffinity
60T5
lyrradsemaj lyrradsemaj
42T2
Spunkie Spunkie
60T7
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".
Robertas Robertas
81T9
Clopinette Clopinette
50T2
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.
unusuall
74T7
FlashCallaha
60T4
panchovilla
75T5
jspidah
9T1
sealer
80T8
untrustable
76T6
A fun deconstruction then reconstruction of the slasher genre.
KineticSeoul
80T10
tef
85T8
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.
theshmo theshmo
85T8
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
kreid
75T6
Onix Verumi
80T7
Hellvis Hellvis
65T3
Shades.
73T2
Meta_Critic Meta Critic
66T7
real8 real8
60T6
thefog1331 thefog1331
81T5
Squin
93T10
rickyafraid rickyafraid
84T8
imdb imdb
70T8
GoreGalore
75T8
JohnnyHarker
7T7
Iwantham Iwantham
78T6
donquixotic
89T10
capitalist capitalist
45T3
marcon65 marco_n65
58T1
killersmalls
70T4
alakota alakota
73T5
adouble adouble
85T8
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.
AAAutin AAAutin
50T6
npcdel npcdel
88T10
Fantastic. Funny and (because of the setup) uniquely terrifying. I can't believe this is the lead's first-ever acting gig.
coldesser
80T6
sacrilicious
0T1
Lindsey24 Lindsey24
74T6
DocBrowne
90T9
MoonSylver MoonSylver
10T9
Inkerictus Inkerictus
70T5
Barkinson
65T8
echidna
85T5
KLucas1983
8T7
Nodscene
75T5
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.
spideyman99
86T8
Doomsayer
75T8
starrie
90T6
manwich
80T7
Pugs4Less Pugs4Less
82T5
lochu99
74T7
feralgreen
80T8
XellosPY
70T7
FrankBooth
60T2
envy envy
40T2
JudgeX
50T3
Iamjohn
85T5
fenixdown fenixdown
72T5
Entertaining mockumentary about horror tropes and audience participation.
gulnur gulnur
55T1
bribrihate
70T4
shok
2T6
hellboy76 hellboy76
68T7
Well made, clever, only soft spot is some of the acting.
ablaze
69T4
Prismatic Prismatic
52T1
sstrack
89T7
Lonewolf2003
80T8
aquila
40T2
Miche
60T6
Cronos
80T9
sh4dow
80T6
angela79at
10T1
JMBosch JMBosch
82T7
hehheh
3T6
fact100 fact100
36T3
EvilShoe EvilShoe
50T3
eangheben
70T7
JimmyLeresky JimmyLeresky
70T5
ChnUnsal ChnUnsal
85T7
rikolai
60T6
D34F PeterdeJ
60T3
Thejaff
60T2
goldman2 goldman2
78T9
aciddtripp
30T1
marcovp
80T5
Matthulhu
85T7
cengizhan cengizhan
86T8
stubar stubar
69T3
BGJ
20T3
Goatcabin
85T5
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.
mellowthello
75T7
redfrost
60T6
FlashCalahan
60T4
Ressa Ressa
95T6
Daveski
87T7
wonbin
40T5
TaLeNDiL TaLeNDiL
8T1
MadMan MadMan
90T7
mayabelle
0T6
yawkcorb yawkcorb
88T8
ModernMillie ModernMillie
85T9
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.
mightysparks mightysparks
80T10
labballin24 labballin24
73T7
bogdan
100T10
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.
Bacchanalian Bacchanalian
78T7
7akash
85T8
metaller
70T6
thesar2
60T7
Sheldrake Sheldrake
60T6
KagnuS KagnuS
54T2
nicolino
40T1
poltergeist poltergeist
65T6
tinythedogg tinythedogg
90T10
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92T10
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50T2
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72T6
AceySaid10 AceySaid10%
60T1
cthululaw
83T8
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60T4
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70T5
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85T10
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