Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is a bizarre movie that crosses movie franchises. The tag line states “Everyone needs someone to look up too,” and as the movie unfolds we learn that they mention Freddy Kruger, Michael Meyers, and Jason Voorhees are all discussed as popular news events. Both Kane Hodder and Robert Englund are in the movie. As a bonus, Zelda Rubinstein, the woman responsible for saving Carol Anne in the Poltergeist is also in the movie.
In Kane’s first appearance he is shown in a short scene as being Freddy’s next door neighbor. Robert is seen going into the diner. Zelda Rubinstein plays the tiny librarian who helps the target find the planted microfiche of the fake article he created. The movie is loaded with horror icons.
The actual story is similar to that of Jason and Freddy. As a young child, a group of townspeople mobbed his home and threw him into the falls where he drowned. Only, somehow he comes back to life to talk about how he’s planning on terrorizing people. The news reporter follows him and discusses how he wishes to live up to the legacy of Meyers, Voorhees, and Kruger. He may have been drowned as a child like Jason and returned to life like Kruger.
He analyzes how, where, and who to kill like serial killers. Meyers kills babysitters. Voorhees killed sexually active teenagers who drank and did drugs. Kruger kills with impunity all of the children who live on one street.
It’s a frightening somewhat how to documentary of a serial killer or a man stealing the identity of murdered child in order to kill in the style of his horror heroes.
Robert returns as Leslie attempts to make his first kill, Zelda is his first victim, of course after she explains the backstory. Robert, for once is playing the hero as he pulls what appears to be a .38 snub nose revolver and calls the girl to him in a protective manner. He is Doc Halloran, which then links Leslie to Michael Meyers. Meyers had a psychiatrist named “Dr. Loomis” and Leslie has Halloran.
I think Leslie’s mentor, Eugene is Tobin Bell, better known to horror fans as “Jigsaw.”
The Rise of Leslie Vernon is a trippy movie filmed in an documentary style. The camera work is a little better than St. Francisville Horror and Blair Witch and its just my opinion but I liked it better than the Blair Witch.
The irony is, the underlying one sided love that develops with the grad student doing the documentary and the killer. It is bizarre not seeing Robert Englund or Kane Hodder as the killer.
However, there is a bizarre twist to the end that makes the movie worth seeing.