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BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON

Director: Scott Glosserman

U.S.A.| 2006. COLOUR. DIGITAL VIDEO. 92 MIN.


Just when you thought nothing new could be done with the slasher sub-genre in this post-Scream era, along comes director Scott Glosserman’s cleverly constructed mockumentary. Imagine a world in which Freddie Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers are real. Lesley Vernon (Nathan Baesel) wants to follow in the infamous footsteps of that legendary psycho trio. So he has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo. Leslie charms the film-makers as he describes the tricks of his murderous trade, even deconstructing the conventions and archetypes of the horror genre for them. Featuring Robert Englund in a spot-on Donald Pleasance take-off and Scott Wilson as a celebrity slasher past his prime, Behind the Mask is a cool, confident and well-crafted treat for all horror aficionados.

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