Toronto After Dark International Film Festival

Festival Program

Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon

Scott Glosserman, USA, 2005 - 92 Minutes

Toronto Premiere - Closing Night Gala - Co-Presented with Rue Morgue Magazine
Director Scott Glosserman In Attendance

Behind The Mask

"A masterpiece... the best horror movie to come by in years" - Film Threat
"Spectacular... capable of playing to an art house crowd and diehard horror fans" - Dread Central

Set in an alternate reality where Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, Mike Myers and all the great slasher icons of yore are real, actual people Scott Glosserman's debut feature Behind the Mask introduces a new icon to the mix: Leslie Vernon. A troubled soul with a horrific past Vernon is in training to join the ranks of the great slasher villains. His mythology is in place, the setting is chosen, the target has been selected. Vernon lacks only one thing: publicity. And so the aspiring mass murderer invites a documentary crew to visit him and chronicle his training regimen, the night of his assault and, ultimately, the rise of his legend.

Behind the Mask begins as a viciously smart deconstruction of the slasher film, a nuts and bolts breakdown of the formula that made the genre in the first place, all presented to the audience by Leslie Vernon, a friendly, funny, eminently likable young man who just so happens to want to kill people. But as the film progresses it slowly warps and mutates until it ceases to be a meta-film about slasher films and becomes a ripping slasher picture itself. In Leslie Vernon writer-director Glosserman has created such a strong, iconic character that by the time Robert Englund -- that's the real life Freddy Krueger, for you neophytes -- turns up, he's just icing on the cake. - Todd Brown

  • Winner, Audience Choice Award - Fantasia Film Festival, Montreal
  • Winner, Audience Choice Award - Gen Art Film Festival, New York
Screening Details
Oct. 24, 9.30pm, Bloor Cinema
Includes short film screening, and free entry to the Closing Night Party (Must be over 19)
Tickets: $10 or $8 for Students / Bloor Cinema Members
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