Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Want to see a slasher movie at the metroplex? Good luck. The only ones that make it there are misguided, boring films that hate themselves and their audience. (Or remake after remake after remake after... yawn.) Instead, go rent Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, a funny, wonderful high-concept film. Imagine that Jason, Michael and the like are not supernatural bogeymen, but just extremely ambitious serial killers. How would they go about finding a perfect set of victims? Choosing a survivor girl? Adopting a local legend? Selecting gear? Working out? And rigging a murder house? Behind the Mask is at once a slasher movie and an education in modern mythology that tries to do for killers what Watchmen did for heroes.

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