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


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When Leslie first takes Taylor and her crew to meet Eugene and his wife, the car parked in Eugene's driveway is the same color, make and model as the car seen in The Evil Dead (1981) films.
Zelda Rubinstein's last movie.
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).
The first time Taylor interviews Eugene and his wife, a Lament Configuration puzzle box from Hellraiser (1987) can be seen sitting on a table.
When Leslie and the graduate students are scoping out potential victims at the school, Leslie makes eye contact with a young woman. As this happens, three girls can be spotted playing jump rope in the background. This is a reference to the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series.
Leslie's real surname is exposed to be Mancuso. Frank Mancuso Jr. is the producer of most "Friday the 13th" movies.
Doc Halloran's wardrobe (and beard) is nearly identical to that of Donald Pleasence's character Doctor Loomis from the Halloween films.
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.
Zelda Rubinstein uses her signature voice from Poltergeist while telling the legend of Leslie Vernon to the girl in the library.
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.
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).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees) is seen walking into 1428 Elm Street. This was the address that Nancy lived in, in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

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