Thursday, January 21, 2010

BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON

Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Movie Review

Have you ever, as have I, wondered how movie serial killers such as Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers prepare for their killing sprees, are able to know exactly where the victims will go next, what they will do next, and how they were able stay to a couple steps ahead at all times? If so, this mockumentary is for you. Killer Leslie Vernon (Nathan Baesel) hires a documentary crew headed by reporter Taylor Gentry (Angela Goethals of 24) to film him in preparation for his big night of killing teenagers in his former house. He explains everything that goes into preparing for this, from how he chose his victims to how he will kill them to how his Ahab (Robert Englund of the A Nightmare On Elm Street series) will come to the rescue of the virgin survivor girl who will either kill him in the end or escape.

Cardio is very important

This is an absolutely hysterical and smart horror movie spoof. Englund is gold as Doc Halloran, a direct homage to Dr. Loomis of the Halloween series. Throw in other classic horror references and cameos (Kane Hodder of the Friday The 13th Series, Zelda Rubinstein of Poltergeist) and a wonderful performance by Baesel as a happy-go-lucky killer, and you can’t go wrong. You will laugh for the first hour and ten minutes, and then the movie suddenly turns into an actual horror movie (albeit with a few laughs left in it) with a bit of gore. There have been a ton of horror spoof movies come along and most are not actually funny (Scary Movie comes to mind)--this one is incredibly funny and, with the many references throughout, is a must see for horror fans. This is not quite on the level of Shaun Of The Dead (though nothing is yet) but it is certainly at least as good as Black Sheep (not the Spade/Farley movie). I highly recommend this movie.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 9

Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Movie Trailer

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