Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
On the surface, Leslie Vernon seems like your average small town, nice guy. He has goals, ambition and aspirations to follow in the footsteps of his long-time hero Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and Jason Vorhees, and be the world's next great psycho-slasher. A true self-promoter, Leslie gives documentary filmmaker Taylor Gentry and her crew exclusive access to his life as he plans and executes his next great reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo, all the while deconstructing the constructions and archetypes of the horror genre for them.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"A deconstructionist horror comedy that owes a debt to Scream and the 1992 Belgian film Man Bites Dog, Mask nevertheless has enough pitch-perfect wit to lay claim to its own patch of postmodern, movie-loving snarkiness."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"If Scott Glosserman's witty slasher spoof had celebrities, it would probably be a success like Scream or Scary Movie. As an indie, it's more apt to be a cult fave. Either way, it's a must for those who like thrills laced with humor."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"[A] terrific little pearl of a satiric horror-comedy."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Other than displaying a textbook awareness of its ancestors, Behind the Mask offers next to nothing"
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"While kudos and curtseys belong to the filmmakers and the whole cast, the real standout is Nathan Baesel as the title character."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"About two-thirds in, the movie shifts gears disastrously. Made me want to haul someone into the cutting room for revenge."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"There is a lot of cleverness at work here, especially when the movie switches from the Blair Witch-style shaky camera to more accomplished and atmospheric low-budget lensing."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"A pure horror film masterpiece, and slasher fans would be best to acknowledge it."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A mini-masterpiece... one of the best indie films in recent memory."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Fun stuff, though the jokes ultimately miss as much as they hit"
‑ Christopher Null,
"The script's laughs are too widely spaced. Even before the plot takes a third-act turn into the land of kill-by-the-numbers slasher movies, the jokes drip when they should be gushing."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"[Director] Glosserman can't match the wit of Scream, the fright of The Blair Witch Project or the satire of journalism seen in Series 7."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"A rather funny "Scream"-like cross between a mockumentary and a direct-to-video slasher movie, "Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon" is custom-made for horror fans, but it isn't remotely scary and people that aren't already steeped in the lore of t"
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"has it weak parts but also some very strong ones"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Behind the Mask isn't a bad movie, but it is a decidedly minor one, a short pumped up to feature length that impales itself on its own hook: After you've explained all the tricks, it's impossible to have your act perceived as genuine magic."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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