This film takes a very different approach to viewing a psycho killer character, which I thought was just wonderful. Anyone who grew up on a healthy diet of films in the slasher horror genre will appreciate the clever humor of it all and you should see this movie ASAP.
Now, for my relatively saner readers, here’s the skinny…
The character of Leslie Vernon is just precious, not at all the typical slasher villain. He’s very charismatic and clever with a great sense of humor. And we get to follow him around as he sets up for his big night of slaughtering a group of kids that represent the stereotypical horror movie victim pool. If you ever wondered how the killers always got so lucky when it comes to being able to contain six or more victims in one place and pick them off one-by-one, this film explains it all.
If you are horror-movie savvy, it’s a very predictable film in a very intentional way. Hell, it’s literally spelled out right for you within the first thirty minutes. But this doesn’t by any means ruin the fun of watching it all unfold.
For all intents and purposes, it is a comedy in a twisted sort of way that devotees of the likes of Jason Vorhees and Michael Myers can truly appreciate, very unlike the usual Scary Movie spoofs we see pop up every few years. It’s been a while since a movie made me laugh so hard, at least when it was appropriate to.
Film information: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon