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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly (as Kate Lang Johnson)
Hart Turner ...
Krissy Carlson ...
Travis Zariwny ...
Dr. Meuller
Stoned Guy
Matt Bolt ...
Slightly More Stoned Guy
Jenafer Brown ...
Virgin Girl


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. Written by press release

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Máscara do Terror  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several character names are references to classic Horror films. For instance, Doc Halloran is a mash-up of Danny Torrence's nickname (Doc) in "The Shining" (1980) and Dick Halloran from the same movie, and Jamie being a reference to Jamie Lee Curtis, who was the final girl in several slasher movies such as "Halloween" (1978) and "Prom Night" (1980). See more »


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 »


Leslie Vernon: This is the living room. There's Church and Zoe. They are my little sweeties. Actually, he's not. Don't put your finger anywhere near him.
Taylor Gentry: [whispers] Okay.
Leslie Vernon: But you can pet *him*. He's a sweetie. I'm so terrible with these guys. I go away for days, forget to feed 'em. Little bastards just won't die.
Taylor Gentry: Turtles are good that way, very feng shui.
Leslie Vernon: Yeah yeah, plants and turtles. Plants and turtles. I only keep pets I can eat.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Dragonetti the Ruthless Contract Killer (2010) See more »


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Written by Venice Maki
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User Reviews

A gem in the mud I had no idea existed
25 November 2013 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

Hard to place this film in category. The best, I think, would be thriller, but this is a very different beast to other movies in the category. It is NOT really a slasher movie, nor a parody of one. It all starts with a young female journalist coming to a small town to report and document the birth of a legendary serial killer myth. The killer explains to her how he chooses his victim, how he plans and sets the stage for the whole sadistic game and how he executes it in his attempt to become the successor of Meyers, Kruger and Vorhees.

In a way, the movie reminded me of Cabin in the Woods with the way it explains elements from most slashers. It's monumentally funny to see a very likable character, all nervous and excited and making tremendous professional effort to be the best in "the business".

Now I can't spoil the movie by telling you too much about the film, but enough to say that I found the main character to be a very promising actor and the film having a high quality that I didn't expect. Not many movies today make the effort to create an ingenious script that uses hints and clues that are left for the viewer to also figure out. This one did.

Too bad the marketing for the movie was not to the level of its quality. I wish I had known about it sooner. I highly recommend it.

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