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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

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The next great psycho horror 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 ... See full summary »

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The next great psycho horror 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. Written by press release

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Jason, Freddy, Myers. We All Need Someone To Look Up To.


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Rated R for horror violence, language, some sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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13 October 2006 (USA)  »

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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon  »

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$38,500 (USA) (16 March 2007)

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$38,500 (USA) (16 March 2007)
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At the beginning Taylor is standing in front of the Red Rabbit Pub. This is reference to the Red Rabbit matchbook found by Dr. Loomis in Halloween (1978). See more »

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When Taylor Gentry is running into the apple orchard near the end of the film you can see the set lights at the top of the screen. See more »

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Doc Halloran: Expect to see more of me.
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An Entertaining Mockumentary that works as thriller too.
2 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

Leslie Vernon, a highly-enthusiastic wannabe "supernatural" serial killer, along the lines of Halloween's Michael Meyers or Friday the 13th's Jason, invites a film crew along to document his initial spree this original horror comedy that allows you to see a killing spree from the point of view of the killer. The film crew soon finds itself rooting for the likable Leslie, well-played by Nathan Baesel, who has planned his spree to the last detail. The crew slowly moves from documenting the events to aiding and abetting them, but it has second thoughts as the reality of the events overwhelm them. They discover too late that Leslie isn't exactly who he claims to be, and he has worked out everything, including their last minute hesitations, into his meticulous plan.

The documentary approach gives the filmmakers enough distance from the events to successfully spoof the conventions of slasher genre. However, the filmmakers managed to restore genuine tension by limiting that distance by making the witnesses, the filmmakers, into participants. That's why this film succeeded where other spoofs and "found footage" failed. It delivers both narrative perspective and intimacy.

Well done.


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