BEHIND THE MASK: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon

With Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals, Robert Englund, Kate Lang Johnson, Kane Hodder, Britain Spellings, Ben Pace, Zelda Rubinstein

Written by Scott Glosserman & David J. Stieve
Directed by Scott Glosserman

With a darkly tinged sense of humour, this mocumentary has a camera crew following a killer preparing to start a reign of terror along the lines of real life career- and celebrity "madmen" Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers. He takes them through the plotting, planning, build-up and staging of events which is far from random as the filmed versions of their deeds may seem. The building and creation of a legend is as important as the choice of victims and the luring of the traditional saviour.
All the characters have names from legendary slasher and horror movies, like Last House On The Left and Halloween, with cameos appearances from people like the current Jason Voorhees actor (Hodder) and the tiny lady from Poltergeist (Rubinstein) - and of course Robert Englund (aka Freddy Krueger).
As with movies like Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, and Rec (plus its remake Quarantine), it is always cool when the documentary-style, home-video and found-footage theme is approached with a new and entertaining angle.
While the subject matter is not new (already outdone over a decade before by movies like Man Bites Dog), it serves up some interesting situations and some performances surpassing that which one would expect from a low budget slasher movie.

3 / B
- Paul Blom

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A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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