Behind The Mask [Blu-ray]
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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?
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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I've spent a lot of time telling people about Behind the Mask. I've also spent some time re-watching it.
I have some issues with it, and it's not perfect, but I love this movie.
That said, it's starting to feel dated. I think the themes have now been explored by other movies to varying degrees of success to the point where if you didn't know this was there first you might feel that it's a weird mashup of a few other more popular movies.
Synopsis: 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.
The story of how Leslie Vernon became a ghost legend in the town of Glen Echo has no trace of originality, but this does not diminish the work, as if it follows old patterns in some questions, makes up for in originality in many other points. In fact, the script often we are led to question what is real and what information can be invention of the Leslie's mind, although he seems to have a great self-control emotional front of the cameras, he is still a lunatic.
In addition to the mockery with the cliches, there are some valuable tips of Leslie Vernon how to survive a situation in which we find a serial killer who follow the molds of which he is a fan. This is a treat for people who, like me, love and sometimes perceive themselves spending hours debating horror movies.
Another good word must to be said about the DVD with plenty of extra contents.
I am so glad I did! This low budget movie is very well written, well acted and hysterically funny in parts. Well funny if you have a warped sense of humor like I do. ;) There are also bunches of little gems thrown in for horror fans.