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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 27, 2015's ultimately the underwhelming execution that confirms the movie's place as an almost total misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 11, 2014
[A] terrific little pearl of a satiric horror-comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A pure horror film masterpiece, and slasher fans would be best to acknowledge it.
Lucius Gore
August 4, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
August 9, 2007
Other than displaying a textbook awareness of its ancestors, Behind the Mask offers next to nothing
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Cornelius
July 19, 2007
A mini-masterpiece... one of the best indie films in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 30, 2007
has it weak parts but also some very strong ones
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
June 25, 2007
While kudos and curtseys belong to the filmmakers and the whole cast, the real standout is Nathan Baesel as the title character.
Christopher Null
June 22, 2007
Fun stuff, though the jokes ultimately miss as much as they hit
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 30, 2007
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 | Original Score: 85/100
March 23, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 22, 2007
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.
| Original Score: B
Ken Fox
TV Guide
March 16, 2007
Lacks the bitter resonance of its obvious predecessor, Belgian filmmaker Remy Belvaux's 1992 Man Bites Dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
March 16, 2007
About two-thirds in, the movie shifts gears disastrously. Made me want to haul someone into the cutting room for revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Hemphill
March 16, 2007
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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 16, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 16, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 16, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
March 16, 2007
[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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 16, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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