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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon ()

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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 - 40 stars)
2. Netflix Instant (public: moderated by somnivore - 26 stars)
3. Directorial debut (public: moderated by djross - 10 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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McCorpse
68T3
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
ribcage ribcage
92T10
panchovilla
75T5
Positive Jon
80T6
metz metz
70T9
tinythedogg tinythedogg
90T10
bob thrillin
45T3
KagnuS KagnuS
54T2
rorybhoy1888
78T2
glm
72T5
71.750
willow
74T7
Thejaff
60T2
shok
2T6
moody_girl moody girl
50T5
Strange
Barthalen Barthalen
69T6
ScreamMan Bites Dog.
ablaze
69T4
mertagabey
67T7
lebnof lebnof
85T10
dominus dominus
60T3
mdoehler
100T6
magikid
79T9
Zen Lunatic
78T6
LazyNinja LazyNinja
65T6
TripleSH TripleSH
90T10
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.
stubar stubar
69T3
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.
CinematicESP CinematicESP
85T7
A great deconstruction of the slasher film. Very clever structure. Nathan Baesel deserves to become a star.
manwich
80T7
FrankBooth
60T2
fact100 fact100
36T3
Bandy Bandy
70T4
mellowthello
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NanashiKairi
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60T4
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85T9
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95T10
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69T6
cdwuestner
90T6
cranky cranky
60T5
FullCollapse
92T10
cthululaw
83T8
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.
bumonkee Huychu
88T7
poltergeist poltergeist
65T7
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.
untrustable
76T6
A fun deconstruction then reconstruction of the slasher genre.
wonbin
40T5
jspidah
9T1
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95T8
thirdeye89
81T4
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73T2
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52T2
KMcNeil KMcNeil
8T9
dgeiser13
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10T1
MrOlivier Mr.Olivier
70T7
Averman004
75T5
mundy767
87T9
1strong
66T7
thefog1331 thefog1331
81T5
KLucas1983
8T7
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.
madiso madiso
65T8
yesistasty yesistasty
76T4
Cliches aren't a good thing in themselves. That's why slashers kinda suck in the first place.
cbogdan
90T8
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45T2
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pomattovich
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onegin3000
85T8
killersmalls
70T4
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.
priex10
0T2
v_koly
7T5
MichaelMalan MichaelMalan
93T7
hellboy76 hellboy76
68T7
Well made, clever, only soft spot is some of the acting.
Gauntlet Gauntlet
60T3
RavynLoony
62T7
cengizhan cengizhan
86T8
roger1
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kyussj
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mayabelle
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60T4
Dustyd
70T7
bogdan
100T10
wizard81
66T2
7akash
85T8
deathtoyou deathtoyou
87T6
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".
marcon65 marco_n65
58T1
CinemaAsia Cinema_Asia
60T4
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.
leviward19
99T10
ScoobyCristi ScoobyCristi
1T1
sebby sebby
65T5
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.
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.
MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
32T5
JMBosch JMBosch
82T7
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80T7
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80T7
albino_rhino
92T10
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58T1
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90T9
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90T9
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35T3
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75T8
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78T9
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100T10
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60T4
thecynic
79T8
VorpalKitten VorpalKitten
80T6
Very clever concept, I really liked this one.
korbenPL korbenPL
62T9
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.
Lagavulin
71T5
aeiou11235
80T6
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90T10
Prismatic Prismatic
52T1
Robertas Robertas
81T9
bat-cow
79T7
mattnawrocki
75T6
soia1979
60T6
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.
IchBinFrei IchBinFrei
73T6
donofthedead
55T3
lyrradsemaj lyrradsemaj
42T2
hoolie
50T2
eangheben
70T7
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.
filmcave
68T3
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.
soybomb42
87T8
Hadleyreis Hadleyreis
68T6
Swinger Swinger
70T7
Reavic
50T6
klea
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
JudgeX
50T3
burksta LB94
81T7
YourNameHere
80T2
Film makers follow a serial killer. Funny, and sort of scary at time. Doesn't take itself too seriously.
gonzalo gonzalo
5T2
moeru
80T7
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85T9
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82T7
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87T7
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60T4
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62T5
Crazy_Jack Crazy Jack
75T7
ZombieBuffet ZombieBuffet
80T10
thesar-2
60T7
stanthecaddy stanthecaddy
84T8
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.
liuk
87T9
paghat paghat
80T7
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87T10
ooh_waffles ooh waffles
7T7
clawx
80T6
volkanya volkanya
29T1
whitejeft whitejeft
78T5
pillowpants
94T10
LordCouture
69T4
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80T8
kez
77T9
D34F PeterdeJ
60T3
rootbeercirc
78T6
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.
joseywales joseywales
81T9
The best thing to happen to the horror/slasher genre in years.
BloodandBeer
90T10
pauloa
30T4
ArloJWiley
90T8
JohnSandwich JohnSandwich
40T2
found it rather dull tbh
Littlepip Littlepip
65T4
spyce
72T6
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40T2
getmoney
79T6
It's weird enough to be 100% worth watching but it's not as groundbreaking as it wants to be.
revolverjgw
84T10
mr_oscar mr oscar
90T6
htiman htiman
75T6
TaLeNDiL TaLeNDiL
8T1
donquixotic
89T10
Grouchy Grouchy
82T6
JohnnyZombie JohnnyZombie
88T8
fenixdown fenixdown
72T5
Entertaining mockumentary about horror tropes and audience participation.
talidrow
85T6
ManyGoblins ManyGoblins
65T8
capitalist capitalist
45T3
Jyan
91T9
bbates2
1T2
rickyafraid rickyafraid
84T8
gogokain gogokain
70T8
Surprisingly entertaining.
bribrihate
70T4
starrie
90T6
autumnbreeze autumnbreeze
87T10
labballin24 labballin24
73T7
10kfilms
57T6
imdb imdb
70T8
ecalder ecalder
61T6
bluetin
90T5
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.
Pugs4Less Pugs4Less
82T6
imajericho
62T3
Sunsplitter
48T5
HyphenateMe HyphenateMe
79T9
A pretty cool twist on the slasher genre, even though it becomes a slasher itself.
lupister lupister
70T9
FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
66T5
Iamjohn
85T5
ericcosta ericcosta
75T8
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90T10
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70T5
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80T5
Barraoc Barraoc
80T9
damil
65T6
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.
KeanuGrieves KeanuGrieves
76T5
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90T9
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70T5
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70T6
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66T7
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60T6
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