Today’s recommendation is Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.
Released in 2006, Behind the Mask is a refreshing and intelligent deconstruction of horror movie tropes. Filmed documentary style, the movie follows an ametur film crew as they interview and document the activities of Leslie Vernon.
Wanting to be like the great slashers in history (e.g. Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger) Leslie is preparing his grand slaughter of the innocents, the event that will catapult him into the major leagues of psycho killers.
The screenplay is very clever in it’s trope subversion, showing us why victims in horror movies never seem to be able to open doors, why they always go up staircases rather than out the front door, and why the slow-walking killer always catches the sprinting victim.
Take some time out of your day this week and give it a whirl. Whether you’ve seen it before or not it’s an enjoyable hack n slash that will leave you smiling at the end.
P.S. In-credit sequence is awesome…
Qu’est-ce que c’est?
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Run, run, run, run, run, run, run away