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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.


Scott Glosserman
5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Baesel ... Leslie Vernon
Angela Goethals ... Taylor Gentry
Robert Englund ... Doc Halloran
Scott Wilson ... Eugene
Zelda Rubinstein ... Mrs. Collinwood
Bridgett Newton ... Jamie
Kate Miner ... Kelly (as Kate Lang Johnson)
Ben Pace ... Doug
Britain Spellings ... Todd
Hart Turner Hart Turner ... Shane
Krissy Carlson Krissy Carlson ... Lauren
Travis Zariwny Travis Zariwny ... Dr. Meuller
Teo Gomez Teo Gomez ... Stoned Guy
Matt Bolt Matt Bolt ... Slightly More Stoned Guy
Jenafer Brown 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

13 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Máscara do Terror See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,500, 18 March 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Doc Halloran's wardrobe (and beard) is nearly identical to that of Donald Pleasence's Doctor Loomis from the Halloween film franchise. 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 »


Doug Johnson: What kind of a survivor girl passes out in a pinch?
Todd Best: Passes out? What kind of survivor girl hops on the nerdy kid's johnson like it's a pogo stick?
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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 »


Referenced in Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2012) See more »


Bound To Crash
Written by Venice Maki
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Absolutely fun and exciting slasher throwback
1 October 2014 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee 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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