March 26, 2010

Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (Scott Glosserman, 2006)

WHAT IT IS: Leslie Vernon, a serial-killer aficionado, explains to a news crew how he plans to create his very own supernatural killing-spree, like his role-models Krueger, Myers and Voorhees.

HOW IT IS: A smart, reflexive take on 80s horror, Behind the Mask supposes that all the horror stories that haunt Elm Street or Crystal Lake are really elaborate hoaxes that elevate their authors to legendary status. In his own bid for glory, Leslie Vernon creates for himself a supernatural persona as he demystifies his 'profession' for our viewing pleasure. With appearances from Zelda Rubenstein and Robert Englund, at times touching, funny and bloody, BtM is a must for horror fans and those who've ever wondered how Freddy kills in dreams and Jason comes back from the dead.

IF YOU LIKED: Friday the 13th, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Candyman, Scream.