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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon [Blu-ray] (2006)

Angela Goethals , Zelda Rubinstein , Scott Glosserman  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Angela Goethals, Zelda Rubinstein, Scott Wilson, Robert Englund, Nathan Baesel
  • Directors: Scott Glosserman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002QVFOQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,558 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Audio Commentary with Author Tim Lucas; Mario Bava Bio; End of the Road: Making RABID DOGS and KIDNAPPED

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If Christopher Guest turned his satiric eye to the horror genre, the end result might be something like Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. An amusing and affectionate nod to slasher-movie franchises like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, Behind the Mask purports to exist in a world where Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers are not just movie icons but real individuals--and a huge influence on aspiring maniac Leslie Vernon (Nathan Baesel). The epitome of the "nice young man" turned homicidal maniac, Leslie is also possessed with a working knowledge of horror movie conventions and stereotypes, and bends them to his advantage as he stalks his prey. Writer-director Scott Glosserman's enthusiasm for the subject matter is palpable, even if his gags don't always work, and there are tongue-in-cheek cameos from Robert Englund (channeling Donald Pleasance in Halloween), Zelda Rubenstein (Poltergeist), and a particularly funny Scott Wilson as Leslie's serial killer mentor. -- Paul Gaita

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Leslie Vernon, good-natured killing machine and the next great psycho 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. When the actual carnage begins, where do you draw the line between voyeuristic thrills, mythic evil and good old-fashioned slasher movie mayhem?

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome spoof October 7, 2007
Format:DVD
With every horror film I've watched recently, I've had my reservations. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but my partner warned my that it wouldn't be like anything we'd watched together thus far. I laughed through the whole thing. The documentary feel to the beginning of the movie REALLY worked for me. Our killer has a sense of humor, a personality, and seems like such a sweet guy. When he jumped out of the closet to commit the murders, my jaw just kinda hit the floor. I guess I knew he'd go through with his plans but it was still kinda shocking... I LOVED IT!
The music was well done, it was just spooky enough at the end. The juxtaposition of the two moods were perfect. It wasn't a gradual change which made it even more noticable.
Basically, I thought it was well done. Great characters, great mood, great everything on this one. I definately recommend this one with a solid two thumbs up. :-)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant October 23, 2008
Format:DVD
One evening I decided to pick out a Horror title at the store. The criteria was to pick something that I have never heard of. I picked up Behind the Mask. This resulted in finding one of my favorite movies of all time!

The movie starts as a Documentary about the next "Supernatural Serial Killer." They mention Jason, Freddy, and Michael Myers. Now...Leslie Vernon. This movie is truly made for the fans. They cover every cliche in the Slasher sub-genre. Leslie Vernon is so funny and charming. The documentary crew follows him as he sets up his own legend. They interview him about all of the tricks of the trade. It is wonderful dialogue and acting. You learn about how a supernatural serial killer makes it look like he is walking but somehow keeps up with his victims. They even talk about all of the symbolism that occurs as the lead girl becomes the heroin. Absolutely brilliant!

The movie actually changes tone drastically at a certain point. I will not spoil it for you though.

Like I said, the movie is for the fans. Someone accused this movie of being unoriginal and cliche. I must say "yes, it is." That is the point! They created a movie about the cliches in Slasher Films. Therefore it is original. Watch this movie and have fun! It is truly amazing if you watch it carefully, you find all sorts of throwbacks to Friday the 13th, Halloween, and Nightmare on Elm St.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for fans of slasher flicks August 2, 2007
Format:DVD
This is one of those movies I wound up watching just to try to see what all the fuss was about. I was incredibly happy that I did. "Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon" is an incredibly inventive mockumentary/slasher flick. Most of the film is from the point of view of a group of a grad student named Taylor Gentry who is filming a documentary about Leslie Vernon, an up-and-coming slasher hoping to make his name along with the greats like Krueger, Voorhees and Myers. Leslie is far from your typical slasher, though -- he's clever, funny, charming and extremely pleasant. It's not until he puts on the mask that his slasher persona takes over.

In the "film within a film", Leslie details for Taylor exactly how he goes about constructing his "legend," choosing victims and even stages his murders in meticulous detail, all the while keeping that good-natured charm. The movie is funny and disturbing at the same time: funny because of how carefully the filmmakers parody the conventions of the slasher genre and disturbing because of how genuinely likable Leslie is even as he's explaining how he's going to slaughter innocent teenagers.

The few weak points come towards the end, after the film within a film is dropped and we go into the real slasher parts. While the writing is still just as smart and clever, some of the effects are a little weak. Still, this is a lot of fun and well worth it for fans of slasher movies looking for the next Freddy or Jason.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I saw this back in January of 2007 or perhaps it was last fall in '06, and the director attended the screening and answered questions afterwards. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, it was very well done in a self aware, wink to the audience, breaking the fourth wall kind of way. Very funny for the first half or two thirds of the movie as a film crew follows "Leslie Vernon" around, documenting why and how a serial killer/slasher does what he does. There were so many in-jokes for fans of the genre, you won't be disappointed, it's very funny.
Around two thirds of the way thru the film, the director switches gears and actually turns the movie from mockumentary into straight forward slasher flick, no more shaky camera work or wise-cracking. As the killer has set things up for the viewer in the documentary portion, you figure you know what's going to happen once the killing begins, but not so! There are still plenty of surprises left in store!
Nathan Baesel as the title character is the perfect mix of humorous, spastic, and creepy as a wanna-be killer who idolizes the likes of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers (who incidentally are all real live killers and not fictional creations in the context of this movie). Baesel reminds me a bit of Jim Carrey. My friend who attended the movie with me and who dislikes Carrey disagreed on the similarity but still found Baesel's performance enjoyable as well.
The movie has a different approach to it than other satires or homages to the slasher flick in that the movie worked better separating the serious portion of the film from the humorous element, in order to maximize both (or at least the humorous element). At least, I thought so.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love
Love, love, love this movie!! Fantastic dark comedy that finishes off as a good old fashioned slasher. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Tracy Carpenter
3.0 out of 5 stars Damaged item
DVD showed up scratched and the last 30 minutes don't work. Very disappointed with this purchase.
Published 1 month ago by Phil Kulengosky
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Great movie ! I liked the idea , the execution of the idea and the overall movie itself . Great entertainment !
Published 4 months ago by Wilyum101
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of purchase by any horror fan.
This is a movie I really wish more people knew about. It takes an interesting look into Leslie Vernon, who is a new slasher film character. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike M.
5.0 out of 5 stars MOVE 5 STARS *Blu Ray 1 STAR*
I love the movie, and I couldn't give it 1 star, the blu ray sucks! No special features, not even a title menu? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lovely
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie, horrendous blu-ray release.
There are no special features on the blu-ray. I mean zero. When you put the disc in, the movie starts. There is no menu. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. J. Fleming
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Slasher Meta-Horror
As a longtime fan of the slasher film, and child of the 80's who grew up with Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Kreuger, I really enjoyed "Behind the Mask". Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Girod
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie is one of the greatest low budget horror movies today,
Behind the mask the rise of Leslie Vernon is a movie that a lot of horror fans love i mean you got a lot of horror stars in the film and plus this movie was a low budget film but... Read more
Published 6 months ago by thomas henry
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype.
Sure, it was ahead of "Dexter" but man, that's about it. I mean the only saving grace about this movie is the "short" appearance by Robert England and even he... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Y. Nomura
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror fans NEED to see this movie!
Different take on the whole slasher films, HUGE fan of this movie! A must see for ANY horror fan out there. Not much blood & gore, great story!
Published 9 months ago by DeConte Figures & Collectibles
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