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

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) — This film is set in the same world where Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger have carried on their reigns of terror. Leslie Vernon is the man who wants to follow in their footsteps. The structurally patters itself somewhat on the Belgian film Man Bites Dog, in which a documentary film crew follow around a serial killer as he explains his methodology. Behind the Mask doesn’t take quite so realistic an approach, rather exploring the technique of movie slasher. Dark comedy ensues. Leslie is really kind of a dork and his obsession is kind of analogous to the obsessive fandom spawned by horror films in general. His explanations are the whys and wherefores of the slasher trade are a thinly veiled analysis of the slasher genre itself. For most of its runtime Behind the Mask is less a horror film than a post-modern comment on horror films, until in the final half hour it becomes the exact type of movie it’s commenting on. If you’re the type of person who has seen all the Friday the 13th movies (or any comparable series) this film comes highly recommended.

One Response to “Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)”
  1. never came across this before. thanks for the recommend!

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