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Forgotten Frights, Oct. 2: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Posted on the 02 October 2011 by Cinefilles @cinefilles

Forgotten Frights, Oct. 2: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie VernonPhoto: impaawards.com
BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON (2006)
Section of the cinematic cemetery: Indie slasher mocukumentary with a killer twist
Cause of (premature) death: This ingenious gem is just too genre-specific to appeal to a mass audience. Referencing great slasher flicks of the past (and featuring a cameo from Freddy Krueger himself!), this 2006 Toronto After Dark film festival pick is a slice of horror nerd heaven. If you arent on a first name basis with Jason or Michael, then you probably wont get it.
What its tombstone would read: Charming wannabe legendary serial killer (Leslie Vernon) was followed by college camera crew while he followed his new survivor girl and batch of teenage victims.
Why it should be revived: This is unlike any mainstream horror movie you've ever seenone part straight-up faux documentary and one part-straight-up slasher. It sides with the murderer, almost making you root for him and his merciless pursuit of his pubescent prey. One minute Leslies calmly describing the challenges of his career (hes got to do so much cardio to be able to look like hes walking everywhere), the next hes putting on his super creepy mask and going in for the totally heinous kill. And hes not the standard, anti-social super freak you see in most killers POV movies, either. Hes friendly, attractive and funny. By the end of this hysterically horrifying ride, you are unsure where you stand, which makes the final kills even more chilling. (And it wasnt awesome enough, the theme song is definitely the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer”.)


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