Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
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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. :-)
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.
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.
Here's the scoop. Leslie Vernon wants to make a name for himself as an iconic serial killer. He knows the tricks of the trade in regard to his predecessors Michael Myers, Freddy Kruger, et al. He trains and works hard to set scenarios up so he can work them just like they do in the movies. He hires on a college film crew to document everything but not everything is as it seems.
I was of two minds while watching this. It certainly is a clever idea. They poke fun at the genre and it's cliches. The mockumentary style is handled well with the use of two hand held cameras. The viewer does get the sense of being there with these people. What bothered me was that, not only were these people Okay with the idea of Leslie killing people, some of the characters were thrilled. I didn't believe it and it kept me from enjoying it fully. I doubt anyone, serial killer or not, is thrilled with what they do.
What really works is the hairpin turn in the story. When this shakes loose things begin to light up. As clever as most of the movie is, this really works. Things turn dead serious and I liked the way it was handled and the resolve. The acting was generally decent and the production values were good enough. Overall this was a good effort. It's maybe more three and a half stars as opposed to the three I gave it. I can recommend seeing this. It's a good movie. It just might not be THAT good.
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So nice to see the old horror gang! Jason, Tangena from Poltergeist and Freddy, I wish we could have seen one of the guys who plays Michael, but all in all, I liked the movie. Read morePublished 4 days ago by kimberlyrav
This movie is extremely clever and pushes the envelope between spoof and satire. the intensity on both ends on comedy and horror were perfect it's worth the rent or the buy.Published 15 days ago by Rick B.
I can't believe it took me ten years to discover this film. It's good. It's original. A comedic homage to horror movie cliches. As well as a thorough dissection of said cliches. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Movie came early . I had the movie built up from previews I had seen on other movies. It was OK . Just one of those movies that when you fight to the end you think hmmmm.Published 1 month ago by goony
This movie let's you see the human side of masked killers. Jason, Freddy, Michael... they all just want one thing...Published 1 month ago by Kristofer Erichsen
Definitely a modern classic. A twist on the slasher film genre. However, if your looking for something fast paced, look elsewhere.Published 1 month ago by Caleb Dalton
Such a lovely movie it's nice to see a horror movie from the opposite side of the screen for once by that I mean from the Killers perspective. I LOVE the huge twist at the end.Published 2 months ago by ShylohsRedShadow