Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Reviews

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October 29, 2019
It's cool to see that he didn't chain himself to the limitations of the mockumentary format. I've actually never seen a film shot like this, so that's pretty cool.
May 11, 2019
a witty, smart, often very funny killer thriller, reverse-engineered so that all its workings show
May 1, 2019
This film proves why deconstructing a genre you love isn't always necessarily a negative. It can help us learn how to love it even more.
March 27, 2018
The movie is a lot of fun, as well as a prime example of how to pump new life into an old formula.
September 11, 2014
[A] terrific little pearl of a satiric horror-comedy.
February 8, 2011
April 29, 2009
A pure horror film masterpiece, and slasher fans would be best to acknowledge it.
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
July 19, 2007
A mini-masterpiece... one of the best indie films in recent memory.
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.
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.
March 23, 2007
Unfortunately, we've seen this jolly inventory of slasher-flick clichs 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.
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.
March 16, 2007
The wait is over. Endlessly imaginative, rigorously crafted, and extremely frightening, Behind the Mask is as good as horror gets.
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.
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.
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.
March 15, 2007
Behind the Mask is original and weirdly delicious, and executed with gory aplomb.
March 15, 2007
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.
March 15, 2007
At its best, Behind the Mask offers some, um, cutting insights about mass-media blood lust and the cult of the serial killer.
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