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

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Thriller  |  13 October 2006 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly (as Kate Lang Johnson)
Krissy Carlson ...
Travis Zariwny ...
Dr. Meuller
Teo Gomez ...
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, all the while deconstructing the conventions and archetypes of the horror genre for them. Written by press release

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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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Did You Know?


When Leslie is applying his makeup while being interviewed about his target, the song playing in the background is the same as that heard at the end of The Shining (1980), where Jack Torrence appears in the photo: ''Midnight, The Stars and You,'' sung by Al Bowlly with the Ray Noble Orchestra, 1934. 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 »


Taylor Gentry: That boy is about to seek revenge over the town that murdered him. He knows this, he says, because he himself is the heir apparent to that throne of terror so long held by the likes of Voorhees, Myers and Krueger. This man's name is Leslie Vernon.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits crawl over the video of security camera at the morgue. When they end the final destiny of Leslie Vernon is revealed. See more »


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


Psycho Killer
Written by David Byrne, Christopher Frantz, and Martina Weymouth
Performed by The Talking Heads
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Absolutely fun and exciting slasher throwback
1 October 2014 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

Hoping for an exclusive look at serial killers, a film crew follows a fanatical killer as he prepares to slaughter a group of small-town teens before getting caught up in their ethics and try to stop his rampage.

This was an utterly enjoyable slasher effort. One of the more impressive aspects of this one is the fact that there's plenty of utterly clever send-ups of what's at stake in a slasher film that aren't all that obvious which gets spelled out here. From the pointing out the clique that gets targeted to all the pre-attack tormenting that takes place around the town, training and working out for the chase as well as the behind-the-scenes planning for the whole event at the location and how to plan out a typical slasher-film style battle is all unique and quite original in concept and execution. Both of those areas are explored fully in here as the attempt to explain the thinking behind what is obviously a heat-of-the-moment type of situation that doesn't really inspire a lot of thinking when it really comes down to it makes for a rather engaging series of events throughout here as he goes about his plans. The actual execution of the plan, both in the early attack scene at the library as well as the ambushes at the diner make for some rather great stuff, while the big moment here is the actual final stalking of the group in the house as the crew attempts to help them deconstruct the evening before it happens as they try to stop him from going after the group and killing them which is all done in fine fashion with a lot to like here throughout this with a lot of explosive stalking, fantastic action and plenty of wonderful deconstructions of the slasher film norms that allows for a frenetic sequence that's tense, chilling and quite fun. While some of the stuff doesn't work here, namely the fact that this is supposed to be funny when it clearly isn't as the comedy instead comes from the absurdity of the situation rather than anything really done in the film itself so it can get rather annoying thinking this is funny when it really isn't, and as well the fact that the majority of the gore comes off-screen does get old a little fast. Otherwise, this was a rather impressive and enjoyable outing.

Rated R: Language, Violence, Brief Nudity, a mild sex scene and drug use.

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