It's more than 9 years since I saw this, the one and only time and let me tell you, I was too harsh with my 6/10 Stars review. This movie not only held up, but quickly shot to one of my now favorite horror movies of all time.Heard a lot of people speak about this again, including my dear friend, Kevin Carr of Fat Guys at the Movies fame, so I thought I would give it another (second) shot in a decade. So sorry it took me this long to revisit it. This movie is amazing and perfect for a Slasher fan like me.Everything worked for it, from the mockumentary first half to the somewhat predictable, albeit satisfying conclusion. Like even ONE of the Myers, Krueger, Chucky or Voorhees movies and you'll LOVE this gem. Here are my original thoughts from February 15, 2009, though I certainly evolved from then...I totally loved the second half as much as the first half and now, I give the whole experience 9/10 Stars:Slashing for Dummies...BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON (3½/5 Stars.) After recently watching the cliché-filled but fun Hatchet and the well, just cliché-filled Friday the 13th reboot, it was great to watch what's (literally, though imaginary) Behind the Mask, in this case, The Rise of Leslie Vernon. The first half of the movie is great: a lot of humor, mentions of the other great slashers (even going as far as stating Freddy, Jason, Michael and Chucky are real life terrors) and an interesting take on how much prep work goes into to stalking and dicing young fools. I loved the homage to the other series on which this is based, including the characters treating the screen legends as heroes, the different names used: Frederick, Jay, Mike, etc and even going as far as to find identical locations to the other films. In addition, I liked the documentary take and the is-it-real-or-not mystery. Unfortunately, comes the second half, and if there was any question or mystery, it's wiped clean and the actual clichés and predictable scenes pop up. Well, yeah, you get all you really need to know/learn from the first half, but I was enjoying myself, finding myself laugh out loud at a few scenes and lines, hoping that it might turn into another April Fool's Day or just continue with the faux pas documentary. I guess they felt a real movie was in order, so the light switch was hit and we fall into familiar (to slasher fans) grounds with a masked man stalking no-nothing young kids. Yet, it's (mostly) original (at least to America,) downright hilarious, a neat trick/twist and a wonderful first half. Typically, the first half of any slasher is the set-up, where we learn the booooring backgrounds of the kids we never end up caring about. Finally, they made the buildup worth the whole package.Additional notes: I realize in any slasher film, it's not wise to look too deep, but I can't help myself. All the way through, I couldn't think of how much the documentary crew would be in trouble - i.e. accessories or at least, not reporting this all to the police. They could've easily been partially blamed for some of the carnage. Also, I liked how the director who seemed to want to thank everyone he's ever met in the credits made sure you read all their names by extending the movie into (again, familiar and predictable territory) the final second of credits. Yes, you see what's coming, but then again, they put a twist on it, a completely different POV. I liked that.
To start Behind the Mask, namesake stemming from Behind the Music, is an extremely clever idea for a fun serial killer documentary. Right off the bat the film takes a very light tone pitching the horror icons of Jason Vorhees, Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers as real-life serial killers. There are all sorts of funny little digs at typical horror clichés, for example moments of the victims running while the villain is walking happens often, therefore cardio for a killer is very important. In the meantime, the flow of the story is well-timed and Nathan Baesel was consistently great. There is a predictability about the film, which can be quickly picked up on but the real problem was the switch of point of view and film making toward the end. The supporting cast around Baesel was weak and there never was a good ending climax. Besides the letdown the film is still very much worth a watch with quality comedy and a cool looking horror villain in Leslie Vernon.
The next psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the town of Glen Echo...All the while explaining and deconstructing the conventions and archetypes of the horror genre for them....It's a sound idea, having someone pretend to be an invincible entity such as Freddy, Jason et al, but sometimes, the film is just too clever for it's own good, and promises more than it delivers.homaging Halloween more than anything else, the movie is a treat for anyone who grew up on these sort of movies from the eighties, as it does every single element of the slasher genre by the book.Which means ultimately, it feels a little samey. The cast are great, and at times it's really funny, but the lead girl just reminded me of Home Alone all the time, and every time she spoke, I was expecting her to say the line 'Your what the french call Les Incompetente'.Englund is the Loomis character in all this, and the final third turns into full slasher mode.If Scream hadn't of been made ten years prior, this would have been something special,