Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon caught me with my pants around my ankles. I added it to my Netflix queue a couple of years ago because the description looked enticing and I wanted to try something new (a documentary on a fictional masked killer? I’m in). When it came in the mail, I waited a few days to pop it in, I was expecting the familiar low budget slasher flick that made it points by trying desperately to appease fans with pointless nudity and horrible looking CGI kills. When I did finally watch it, what I saw was one of the funniest and most intelligent horror films I haven’t seen since Scream. Behind the Mask was not afraid to make fun of itself or the community that it represented but at the same time it empowered the community and defined a whole new generation of low budget horror/films (this is a positive thing). I think about that movie constantly and wondered when were they going to create a sequel, given the ending which alluded to another film to be in the works (or at least talked about).
My wish was answered and the next movie in the Leslie Vernon mythos is trying to get underway. As it seems to be with horror films I want to see, there are some problems with financing and the team behind Before the Mask: The Return of Leslie Vernon needs your help and a couple of your dollars. All you have to do is go to their Facebook page (linked below as well) and pre-order something from their list of options. You will not be billed until the movie actually gets greenlit and you shouldn’t have any reservations about parting with a few bucks if you loved the first entry to this series.
I am a personally close friend with John Squires, creator and owner of Freddy In Space and he did a post not too long ago reviewing another shit zombie movie. At the end of the review, John talks about how we need to get better films made and stop complaining about the horrible ones. John and I have talked about this before and we’re always dumbfounded as to why horrible movies can be pumped out every week but one movie that everyone wants to see has to get funding, it has to come forward and ask. It’s not fair. We don’t want to see another generic torture porn film, we want the endearing and murderous nature of Leslie Vernon.
I get tired too of all the mediocrity that is put on the market, Scott Glosserman (the director) is testing us, the community. He wants to know if we want to see an amazing movie or just sit back and wade through the shit, forever pointing fingers but never taking a stand. Do something with your love of movies, horror movies, and pre-order something from their page. They are getting really close to their goal and the sooner we get there, the sooner Leslie can start racking up that body count.
A message from Leslie himself, well, you know.