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Jason, Freddy, Myers. We All Need Someone To Look Up To.,
This review is from: Behind the Mask - the Rise of Leslie Vernon [DVD] (DVD)
Leslie Vernon is going to be the next Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, or Michael Myers, and he's allowing a film crew to follow and record him. He has been planning it for months, and now they can document his plan come to fruition. The crew follow him as he shows them how to pick your "leading lady", he talks them through how he'll kill certain people leading others to go where he needs them to go. The first half of the film is mainly showing Leslie's preparations, how he has to keep himself really fit so he can walk after victims that run away. As a big fan of horror, the first half was really fun to watch.
The second half then switches to your more standard slasher film, it's excellent because he's already told us what should happen, but will it work out that way? It's kind of like a cross between Scream and Man Bites Dog, everything that would seem like a typical cliche isn't, because he's talked us through how it's going to happen already.
I'd never heard of him or seen him in anything before, but Nathan Baesel gives an outstanding performance as Vernon. Angela Goethals was also very good as Taylor, the female lead of the film crew. There's very welcome support from genre actors Robert Englund and Zelda Rubinstein, and Scott Wilson is very funny as a retired killer that's almost a father figure to Vernon. Englund is clearly playing an almost identical role to Donald Pleasence as Sam Loomis in Halloween, he was fun to watch as always.
Very few people seem to have heard of this, even less have seen it. It seems a great shame that this movie hasn't reached a wider audience, it's a film of two halves and both are really good. B4TM (Before The Mask) is currently in pre production, not sure how that's going to work, but if it's anywhere near as good as this, then I can't wait for it.
If you're a horror fan, especially slasher films, then I can't imagine you not enjoying at least aspects of Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon. The film gets extra marks for having the Talking Heads song Psycho Killer in it. Whether it is or isn't, this film managed to seem very original.