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Behind The Mask

The Rise Of Leslie Vernon


*DVD Plot Summary*

~Jason, Freddy, Myers. We All Need Someone To Look Up To.

The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo, all the while deconstructing the conventions and archetypes of the horror genre for them.~

-----I saw this DVD sitting on the shelve at Best Buy and, no shit, it called out to me. The box and back looked like any other new horror film but for some reason it seemed different. Even given that I still was skeptical until I looked at the cast. After seeing one name, Robert Englund, I decided to give it a go and man was I blown away. From the get go this flick had a quality about it. Not quite the 80s feel that we all know and love so much, but it had a unique aura to it. I loved how you got into this film by getting into the killer's head. It honestly made Vernon play somewhat of a Hero part in the film. But what was the greatest part of the film was how much of an actual badass Leslie Vernon is...he had every detail of his murderous rampage planned and calculated. Also the writer played they cast perfectly, because you actually get emotionally involved with some of the characters, while some you aren't which makes their deaths much more enjoyable.

One thing that I enjoyed about this film was throwback to all old slasher flicks. They mentioned Crystal Lake, Elm Street and Haddonfield like they were real events and our Hero, Vernon is creating his legacy. Besides for the mention you had a few throwbacks from Zelda Rubinstein, Kane Hodder (Living on Elm Street HA!) and of course Robert Englund, which gave this movie an even more classic feel to it.

All in all, as prowrestler Curt Hennig would say this movie was absolutely "Perfect". From the classic score, excellent setting and memorable characters that you care about this film did not disappoint at all. I suggest you go out and purchase this gem because nowadays they are few and far between.

- Jeff Hagen -

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