FLASHBACK 2010 PICK – 10/18/10 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #18 – Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.

Behind the Mask

The art of the faux-documentary is a tricky bit. When they work, they’re absolutely fantastic; when they don’t, they just blow. Behind The Mask just works. It dances right along that extremely fine line of balancing comedy and horror, and keeps both intact. If you’re a slasher movie fan and thought that Scream had a monopoly on the post-modern gags about the “rules” of a slasher movie, you definitely have to watch this. In this underappreciated gem, we join along with a documentary film crew as they follow around young Leslie Vernon, who wants to be the next horror villain. His energy and enthusiasm is so contagious that you can’t help but root for the guy. But in order to be the next Jason, Freddy, or Michael, a lot of work has to be put in. We witness every step of his journey from the opposite POV as we’re used to. A personal favorite is his segment on physical fitness and how much effort you have to exert in order to move fast, but still appears as if you’re only walking. It’s really a ton of fun. And trust me, just when you think you’ve got this film figured out, it starts to play a few surprising tricks on you. It’s clever stuff and highly enjoyable.

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