Well, it’s another horror movie recommendation for you this weekend, but this one is just a little different. It falls squarely into the category of horror-comedies. And believe me, “Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon” is one of the funniest slasher movies I’ve ever seen.
It tells the story of an aspiring serial killer, his mentor, the plan he has to perpetrate a horror movie type massacre, and, of course, the documentary crew that is following his attempts. Yes, you read that correctly. “Behind the Mask” is a satire of slasher movies, and it is told through the conceit of a documentarian following the main character as he stalks and later attempts to kill his chosen prey.
Once you buy into the movie’s premise, it is endlessly clever as it sends up the various cliches of the horror genre. It even includes horror legend Robert Englund (a.k.a. Freddy) as the “Ahab” to the titular Leslie Vernon. (Want to know what an “Ahab” is? Watch the film. It’s just one of the helpful horror movie terms defined for you.)
So, if y0u’re in the mood for a slasher movie, but you’re tired of the same old predictable stuff, why not try a different kind of movie. A movie that will explain to you just exactly why the handle of the ax the heroine is swinging at the killer ALWAYS breaks or why on earth the foolish young teenagers will think they can hide in the barn. If you want to know the answers, you need to see “Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.”