Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
  Directed by:  Scott Glosserman


Taylor Gentry (Angela Goethals) a news journalist sets out on a quest to get a behind the scenes look at serial killers.  With greats in the industry like Freddy, Mike Myers, and Jason - Taylor has been granted an opportunity to document the "soon to be famous" upcoming serial thrasher known as Leslie Vernon.  This movie is shot documentary style and explores the intricate details and planning that goes into an epic kill.  Leslie portrayed by Nathan Baesel, is a direct result of a local urban legend in which a young bastard child is killed by getting thrown over a waterfall.  Leslie's motive is simple - create havoc in this small little town that took his life.  Leslie teaches Taylor about how to select victims, create a story, and how to make the victims flow into his desired path.  The only problem is that Leslie past doctor Doc Halloran (Robert Englund) is hot on his trail and plans to end this maniac forever.  The story is concluded by scenes of the actual killings of Vernon - but will everything go as plan or will Halloran stop the notorious Vernon?

I chose not to dive too much into the summary because this is a must see movie for all horror fans.  I would recommend not reading any articles on Wiki or IMDB prior to viewing.  Nathan Baesel's portrayal of Leslie Vernon is phenomenal.  The directing and writing of Scott Glosserman and David J. Stieve is top notch.  This movie starts out a little slow (first 15 minutes), but once it picks up the viewers will be delighted in learning what makes Leslie tick.  As far as I know, this is an original concept and Glosserman with Baesel hit a homerun.  A must for every horror fan and I am certain this will rank high in your all-time favorites.  Since the movie has a campy factor for the most part, the movie still is able to deliver horror elements, great dialogue and the creation of great slasher killer.  The story flow is smooth without any over explanation, which is common in newer horror movies.  The fact that this still remains a hidden gem is a mystery.  Thank you Glosserman and Stieve for producing a great movie, slasher, documentary style horror classic.

Bloody Buckeye Rating:
4 of 5
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