Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Directed by Scott Glosserman
In this clever mockumentary, a camera crew follows an aspiring slasher movie killer as he prepares to slaughter a group of teens. Leslie Vernon always dreamed of joining the ranks of Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger. But if he wants to become the next great psycho slasher, he's got to do lots of preparation -- from weapons practice to lots and lots of cardio. Fans of SCREAM and THE CABIN IN THE WOODS shouldn't miss this hilarious slasher satire, which features horror icons Robert Englund, Kane Hodder and Zelda Rubenstein in supporting roles.
In this clever mockumentary, a camera crew follows an aspiring slasher movie killer.
Cast: Robert Englund, Angela Goethals, Nathan Baesel
This was a brilliant love letter to the Slasher genre!
cool idea. great cast. just a little off on some of the execution. the middle kind of drags but it has a nice third/final act. hardcore horror fans will love, decent late night popcorn flick for a rainy night.
Definitely watch this sober. I'll give it three stars at least because of the clever first half, but when the movie changes directions it gets REALLY weird and I honestly am still tripped out by the whole thing. Not sure what to feel...
A wonderful spoof that works because it has a commonly forgotten element most successful parodies need- affection for its source. That pure love radiates through its titular character. Nathan Baesel is charismatic from start to finish because he, like Leslie, loves what he does. Leslie Vernon is an artist showing his craft, and that's what makes the mockumentary work so well. In this slightly off-kilter world where slashers are real and ubiquitous, there's a certain kind of sense to documenting the work behind it. That creative spark and unbridled passion of a man who loves his life's work and has bet everything on his dream is what makes him both so charming and unnerving. His chemistry with Angela Gotheals is electric and an oft unmentioned centerpiece of the film. The twist isn't hard to pick up on, but that in a way only works in its favor. The connection between the monster and their final girl isn't just talked up; you get to see it form, something oddly compelling and intimate about it. Don't let this overwrought analysis fool you though; the film is devilishly clever and wry both with its foreshadowing, and the references and deconstruction of the slasher flick. Sadly, the reconstruction isn't quite as effective. The crew know all the pieces like the back of their hand, and yet can't quite fit the actual slasher sequence into anything more than passable. The character work from Gotheals still propels the film, and behind the mask Baesel still acts his eyes off. Credit to to the costuming and make-up team- his aesthetic here truly warps him into another character entirely. Still, I think one more real monologue from Leslie would've done wonders for the climax. That said, it's only a small part of the film all things considered, and the rest of it is delightful enough to well warrant a watch.