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

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 13, 2006
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A smart mockumentary that presents a gory, funny, and obviously affectionate skewering of the slasher genre.

Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews's ultimately the underwhelming execution that confirms the movie's place as an almost total misfire.

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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times

About two-thirds in, the movie shifts gears disastrously. Made me want to haul someone into the cutting room for revenge.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

[A] terrific little pearl of a satiric horror-comedy.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

[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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A pure horror film masterpiece, and slasher fans would be best to acknowledge it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Behind the Mask is a brilliant low budget Slasher film that reinvents the wheel and offers genre fans something truly original to watch. Successfully combining… More
Ken Stachnik
I liked it more as a comment on the genre than a film of the genre it self. That said, Behind the Mask is well worth checking out for anyone who enjoys a good… More
Kevin M. Williams
Nice guy-next-door invites film crew over to document the fulfillment of his own little personal dream: to one-up Freddy Kruegar, Michael Myers and Jason… More
Reid Volk
Surprising little gem
Cory Taylor
Smug self-satisfaction is what one takes away from this glib, unfunny mockumentary that might have been fertile territory for Christopher Guest to lampoon, but… More
jd cryptic
Ever wonder what Jason, Freddy Krueger, and Michael Myers do on their time off? Well, Leslie Vernon shows us. "Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie… More