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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 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)  »

Also Known As:

A Máscara do Terror  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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

The town the movie is set in, Glen Echo, is based off a real neighborhood in Montgomery County, MD, near where the director grew up. A notable feature of the area being a turn of the century amusement park that stood mostly abandoned for several decades as it deteriorated and earned a fitting "haunted" reputation among locals. The carousel which the park is known for is also referenced in the Glen Echo Entertainment's (Glosserman's production company) logo. 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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The Credits say "Only one animal was killed during production" as a spoof of the normal practice of saying that no animals were killed during production. See more »

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References The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) See more »

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Psycho Killer
Written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz (as Christopher Frantz) and Tina Weymouth (as Martina Weymouth)
Performed by The Talking Heads
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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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