Thursday, October 22, 2009

31 Days of Horror 2: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

October 22, 2009: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
This movie is awesome, well awesome isn't even the word it's more than that. You will laugh, scream and jump and you'll have a blast with it all the way to the end.
The film adds elements of The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986), and centers on a grad student named Taylor (Angela Goethals). Taylor is making a documentary about Leslie Vernon (Nathan Baesal), a killer-in-the-making who has a dark legend surrounding him in his small Maryland hometown. Leslie's plan incorporates all the necessary factors to put him in the same situations that allowed his heroes Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers to continue killing through sequel after sequel, right down to singling out the virginal heroine who will be the one to stop him after he knocks off her promiscuous friends. Unfortunately, Taylor has a larger role in Leslie's plans than she knows, but when she finally realizes that she can't just sit back and film his killing spree, it may be too late to stop him.
This is simply one of my favorite movies of all time and still a lot of people have not heard of it. It's funny, gory and one hell of a ride through out. It makes fun of all the slasher cliches and then uses them to scare us. It's just great, this movie in my mind is a 10 out of 10.
Scott Glosserman was the director of this film and he does a tremendous job. Scott if by any rare chance you are reading this, you need to make more movies! You know exactly how to make a good slasher and make fun of it at the same time and I really would love to see a sequel to this one (put me in it, that would be awesome).
If you have not seen this movie, forget about every film I mentioned on this list and just go get this one. Don't rent it, buy it!
Oh and one more thing, why isn't Nathan Baesel in more movies? This guy is hilarious.

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