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Movie Review: Behind the Mask – The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Nathan Baesel, who stars as Leslie Vernon, makes his feature film debut in this clever and funny horror flick. This film is a combination of Scream and The Blair Witch Project that takes you on a scavenger hunt for potential murder victims.

It all starts with ambitious filmmaker Taylor Gentry (Angela Goethals) and her film crew Doug (Ben Pace) and Todd (Britain Spellings), who arrive in the town of Glen Echo. They were asked by Leslie to accompany him as he takes them on a tutorial journey on how to attack, terrorize, and kill people in the style of cinematic serial killers Jason, Freddy Krueger, and Michael Myers. Leslie claims to be the heir to the throne of terror. Leslie's educational process is broken down into steps:

  • Step 1. Establish the location.
  • Step 2. Find the target girl with the right friends.
  • Step 3. Make a preliminary contact by having the target girl feel she is being watched.
  • Step 4. Stage the scene by rigging the fuse box and sabotage the means of escape, and look like you're walking while everyone is frantically running.

During the preliminaries of the documentary-style shooting process, Leslie introduces the crew to his friend Eugene (Scott Wilson), who is a well-respected retired psychotic slasher, who likes to brag about his exploits. Each moment I believed to be serious turned out to be another side-holding crazy and funny scene. The action and the characters are made to seem real, but remember — this is a hilarious slant on the horror genre.

There is another little twist to this quirky movie and that is Doc Holloran (Robert Englund), a guy set on stopping Leslie from preying on his victims. Robert Englund has a comedic side to him that is very entertaining. This mockumentary establishes director Scott Glosserman as a sheer genius. This is a must-see flick.

Directed by: Scott Glosserman
Run time: 93 mins.
Release date: March 16, 2007
Genre: Comedy and Suspense/Horror
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

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