Friday, October 28, 2011

My Halloween Movie of the Day: Day 28

37. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon - I actually saw this movie before I saw most of the movies it references, and is part of why I wound up watching them. This is a fun sort of parody of slasher movies, done in a mockumentary style that has some problems, but is enjoyable overall. It works best in the first 2/3s of the movie, when it's fully devoted to its style (other than a fairly distracting divergence), with some nice cameos (though it's weird to see Robert Englund as a good guy), as a pretty clever dissection of the genre and its history. Leslie even manages to be pretty likable, even knowing all along, and being consistently reminded of, what he's planning on doing. It eventually breaks format to become a fairly standard, if relatively tame, slasher in and of itself. It makes sense in-movie why the shift happens, and it would have been much harder to justify maintaining the same style, and being able to do it well, but it still gives the whole thing an unfortunately disjointed feel. As self-aware slasher movies go, despite it's problems, I might even put this above Scream, though those movies are a little scarier.

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