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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A pure horror film masterpiece, and slasher fans would be best to acknowledge it.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Lucius Gore

A rather funny "Scream"-like cross between a mockumentary and a direct-to-video slasher movie, "Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon" is custom-made for horror fans, but it isn't remotely scary and people that aren't already steeped in the lore of t

Full Review Source: ESplatter | Original Score: 3/4

August 4, 2008
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Other than displaying a textbook awareness of its ancestors, Behind the Mask offers next to nothing

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

August 9, 2007
David Cornelius

A mini-masterpiece... one of the best indie films in recent memory.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

July 19, 2007

has it weak parts but also some very strong ones

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 30, 2007
Staci Layne Wilson

While kudos and curtseys belong to the filmmakers and the whole cast, the real standout is Nathan Baesel as the title character.

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June 25, 2007
Christopher Null

Fun stuff, though the jokes ultimately miss as much as they hit

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

June 22, 2007
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Behind the Mask isn't a bad movie, but it is a decidedly minor one, a short pumped up to feature length that impales itself on its own hook: After you've explained all the tricks, it's impossible to have your act perceived as genuine magic.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 85/100

March 30, 2007

Unfortunately, we've seen this jolly inventory of slasher-flick clichés before, in other parodies dating back to "Scream." And with not much new to contribute, "Behind the Mask" starts running out of narrative momentum about two-thirds of the way through.

Full Review Source: MTV | Original Score: 3/5

March 23, 2007
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A deconstructionist horror comedy that owes a debt to Scream and the 1992 Belgian film Man Bites Dog, Mask nevertheless has enough pitch-perfect wit to lay claim to its own patch of postmodern, movie-loving snarkiness.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

March 22, 2007
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Lacks the bitter resonance of its obvious predecessor, Belgian filmmaker Remy Belvaux's 1992 Man Bites Dog.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 16, 2007
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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About two-thirds in, the movie shifts gears disastrously. Made me want to haul someone into the cutting room for revenge.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 16, 2007
Jim Hemphill

The wait is over. Endlessly imaginative, rigorously crafted, and extremely frightening, Behind the Mask is as good as horror gets.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

March 16, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The script's laughs are too widely spaced. Even before the plot takes a third-act turn into the land of kill-by-the-numbers slasher movies, the jokes drip when they should be gushing.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 16, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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If Scott Glosserman's witty slasher spoof had celebrities, it would probably be a success like Scream or Scary Movie. As an indie, it's more apt to be a cult fave. Either way, it's a must for those who like thrills laced with humor.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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There is a lot of cleverness at work here, especially when the movie switches from the Blair Witch-style shaky camera to more accomplished and atmospheric low-budget lensing.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2007
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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[Director] Glosserman can't match the wit of Scream, the fright of The Blair Witch Project or the satire of journalism seen in Series 7.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 16, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The dialogue has wit, and the rug gets pulled out from under us and the characters in several short, sharp jolts. At a certain point, Behind the Mask loses the tatty digital-video and immerses us in cinema.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2007
Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
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Behind the Mask is original and weirdly delicious, and executed with gory aplomb.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 15, 2007
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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The movie has more cleverness than violence, and its breakdown of cliches is vivid and witty. Baesel is an extraordinary presence, holding the film together with his mesmerizing performance, charm and openness, and Goethals measures up to him.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 15, 2007
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