Sunday, 22 January 2012

Behind the Mask

[This was a Movie Bob recommendation.]

Well, we have serial killers, especially those that keep returned after they are supposedly killed. Such greats as Freddy, Jason, Michael... so why not make a documentary about one? Involving actually following them around as they go about their business of terrorising students and setting up a house for them to be killed in?

Which is what this movie does. It so wants to be a movie deconstructing slasher movies, and it also wants to eat its cake as well. Which is where the problem sets in. Aside from not being that brilliant a dissection of slasher pics, it switches over to actually being a slasher pic... and goes extremely traditionally, even when it's trying not to be. You end up doing something else waiting for the movie to run its course.

The main stars are... people I haven't heard of before. But we do get cameos from Robert Englund and Zelda Rubinstein! And it's not surprising that Kate Lang Johnson is also in a bunch of other movies, being so pretty and all. And Angela Goethals is also in a lot of other productions, although I can't remember who Maya Driscoll in 24 was... (but it was a long time ago).

It looks like there's a prequel in the works, but to be honest, Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) isn't that watchable.


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