BEHIND THE MASK: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Blu-ray Review
Nice, normal-looking Leslie Vernon (Nathan Baesel) has an obsession with movie-style slashers like Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger. Leslie decides to follow in the footsteps of his heroes, and, ever the self-promoter, invites a documentary filmmaker (Angela Goethals) and her crew to follow him around as he constructs his own grisly legacy.
Directed By: Scott Glosserman
Written By: Scott Glosserman & David J. Stieve
Starring: Nathan Baesel (Leslie Vernon), Angela Goethals (Taylor Gentry), Robert Englund (Doc Halloran), Scott Wilson (Eugene), Zelda Rubinstein (Mrs. Collinwood), Bridgett Newton (Jamie), Kate Miner (Kelly), Ben Pace (Doug), Britain Spellings (Todd), Hart Turner (Shane), Krissy Carlson (Lauren), Travis Zariwny (Dr. Meuller), and more.
New Interviews with Cast and Co-Writer/Producer David Stieve
Audio Commentary by Actors Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals, Britain Spellings, and Ben Pace
Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Scott Glosserman, Moderated By Filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch (The Movie Crypt Podcast)
The Making of Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
The Casting of Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Deleted and Extended Scenes
I give the Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Blu-ray a B.
Have you ever wanted to see the day in the life of a Serial Killer (Jason, Freddy, etc.)? Well, here is your chance. This film follows the daily routine of Leslie Vernon. He seems like a normal guy but he has some tricks up his sleeves. This film was actually originally released in 2006 and if you haven’t seen this, you should definitely check it out.
I’m not much of a fan of shaky cam type point of view films (similar to The Blair Witch Project) but It had that film student/college student type vibe to it with a hint of a news reporter. The main focus of this film was, of course, Leslie Vernon but also the women interviewing him, Taylor (played by Angela Goethals). As Taylor and her crew were documenting Vernon, they were amazed that the scenarios he had given them actually worked.
I did like Vernon’s look when he became his alter ego. It was creepy and had this simple look to it. It was interesting to see how he prepared for the attack and the scenarios he would give his documenters. I actually didn’t know that this film was originally released in 2006 (when I saw this), so when Zelda Rubinstein appeared on screen (played Mrs. Collinwood in this film and notably Tangina in The Poltergeist films), I did a double take as she passed away in 2010. It’s definitely a lower budgeted film, that did drag a bit in some parts but I did like the simple, raw, and feel of it. There are a few faces you will recognize: Scott Wilson (Hershel, The Walking Dead) and Robert Englund (Freddy, A Nightmare on Elm Street).
Catch Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon out on Blu-ray March 27th!