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5.0 out of 5 stars Slashing for Dummies ;-)...., 17 Feb 2010
This review is from: Behind the Mask - the Rise of Leslie Vernon [DVD] (DVD)
A group of filmmakers (College Students?) decide to make a documentary on how the most infamous serial killers of all time (Jason, Freddy, Michael, who all exist in the movie's universe) do what they do, so they meet up with one Leslie Vernon to see how he does his work. A Simple premise that takes off from the moment Leslie steps on the screen. The thing that makes this movie so entertaining is the fact that it doesn't take itself seriously in the slightest. Even the last quarter of the movie where it switches from documentary style to the standard stationary camera is very tongue in cheek. The way Leslie explains the little details and sleight of hands that are necessary to being a serial killer is very convincing and funny. The documentary portion of Behind The Mask does no less than a brilliant job of deconstructing all those legendary slasher movie staples. Ever wonder why a door always seems to close behind slasher movie protagonists? Behind The Mask will explain it. How the killers always seem to manage to escape fates that should be their deaths? Even how they always seem to catch up to their prey so readily even though they never move faster than a brisk walk? All of these questions are answered, in a fashion that's actually believable. Let me be clear. This is utterly, utterly original. There is not, that I can recall anything to compare this to. It's like a cross between Man Bites Dog and Halloween. Perhaps even better than all this is the appearance of the brilliant Robert Englund, he's clearly channeling Donald Pleasance as Doc Loomis here and when you see him act this part out, you should be as convinced as I am. If he wanted to, he could be the Doc Loomis in any new Halloween he wanted. There's just no two ways about it. The ending is a marvelous destabilization, with a twist you only might see coming. It's pure slasher flick ending with plenty of innovation thrown in to keep it spicy. The special features include commentary tracks, a making of featurette, a casting of featurette, deleted and extended scenes, a screenplay, audio options, English closed captions and some trailers. All in all, Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is going to be, without question one of the best horror movies you see all year. If you're even vaguely into horror, you must see this.
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