Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

by Tom Ingram

Genre Comedy; Thriller; Horror; Mockumentary
People Nathan Baesel; Robert Englund; Angela Goethals; Kate Lang Johnson; Scott Wilson; Zelda Rubinstein
/10 8

A documentary crew follows a Jason Vorhees-style serial killer (Baesel) as he prepares to murder a group of teenagers.

This hilarious and silly sendup of horror tropes comes on strong for the first hour or so. When it seems like the humour can’t possibly sustain any more movie, it twists round in a brilliant and inevitable way and promptly finishes. Behind the Mask doesn’t screw around, and at a meagre hour and a half (the perfect length for most movies, to my mind), it doesn’t stretch beyond its capabilities.

Numerous references are made to the unusually self-aware slasher horror genre. The cast of mostly unknown actors includes Zelda Rubinstein from Poltergeist and Robert Englund, who played Freddy Krueger, this time in a Donald Pleasence-inspired role. In particular, fans of the genre will enjoy this movie, but it’s a good time for anyone passingly familiar with slasher movies and horror symbolism.

1h32m; 2006; Colour