History Film / BehindTheMaskTheRiseOfLeslieVernon

22nd Oct '17 10:55:25 PM SasquatchJim
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* RetiredMonster: Eugene is almost literally this, a prolific slasher-killer who has mellowed out to essentially become a genial CoolOldGuy. Could also double as an EvilMentor for Leslie.
23rd Aug '17 2:37:18 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* FinalGirl: Referred to as a "survivor girl." Played with, in that the girl Leslie has been setting up as the FinalGirl [[spoiler:turns out not to be a virgin, and thus [[DeathBySex not the designated survivor]]. It's ''Taylor'', the maker of the documentary, who was his intended FinalGirl all along.]]

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* FinalGirl: Referred to as a "survivor girl." Played with, in that the girl Leslie has been setting up as the FinalGirl [[spoiler:turns out not to be a virgin, and thus [[DeathBySex not the designated survivor]]. It's ''Taylor'', the maker of the documentary, who was his intended FinalGirl all along.]]]] It's also implied that Jamie, Eugene's wife, had once been his survivor girl.



* RedHerring: [[spoiler: Kelly isn't the FinalGirl, instead the interviewer was.]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Leslie isn't Leslie Vernon at all, he never existed. He's just some guy using the Vernon urban legend to get famous.]]

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* RedHerring: [[spoiler: Leslie describes his first murder, that of the librarian, as this, designed to set up the conflicte later in the movie. [[spoiler:Pay attention to his choice of words, though, and you can spot that he's letting slip that Kelly isn't the FinalGirl, instead the interviewer was.]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Leslie isn't Leslie Vernon at all, he never existed. He's just some guy using the Vernon urban legend to get famous.
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* TheReveal: Two of them.
** The first, revealed about halfway in, is that [[spoiler: Leslie isn't Leslie Vernon at all, but a guy named Leslie ''Mancuso'' from Reno, Nevada. He's just some guy using the Vernon urban legend to get famous, while Doc Halloran is hunting him because of his past as Mancuso.]]
** The big one, however, is that [[spoiler:Taylor, not Kelly, is the FinalGirl. Leslie agreed to do the documentary in order to get close to her.]]
* RewatchBonus: It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but when Leslie takes Taylor and her film crew to Eugene and Jamie's place, it almost resembles a ''Film/MeetTheParents'' scenario. Especially when Eugene tells Leslie that Taylor's "a regular little spitfire". [[spoiler:This implies that not only does Leslie knows that Taylor's the real final girl by that point, but that Eugene and Jamie figured it out also.]]
23rd Aug '17 2:26:10 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* DoingInTheWizard: While horror icons like Freddy, Jason, and Meyers exist the movie indicates that they're regular human beings instead of the supernatural slashers of their respective franchises.

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* DoingInTheWizard: While horror icons like Freddy, Jason, and Meyers Michael exist the movie indicates that they're regular human beings instead of the supernatural slashers of their respective franchises.



* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On Her]]: [[spoiler: Kelly, built up to be the virginal survivor girl throughout the movie, is caught having sex and using a fairly advanced position. The crew then decides they need to protect Kelly before Leslie can discover that [[MyGirlIsNotASlut his girl isn't quite the virgin he believed.]] Kelly, about to become completely central to the resolution of the plot, is instead unceremoniously dispatched when she attempts to crawl out the second-story window onto a [[ChekhovsGun sabotaged tree branch]]... and falls to her death.]]

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* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On Her]]: [[spoiler: Kelly, built up to be the virginal survivor girl throughout the movie, is caught having sex -- and using a fairly advanced position. going by the position she's using, it's probably not her first time. The crew then decides that they need to protect Kelly before Leslie can discover that [[MyGirlIsNotASlut his girl isn't quite the virgin he believed.]] Kelly, about to become completely central to the resolution of the plot, is instead unceremoniously dispatched when she attempts to crawl out the second-story window onto a [[ChekhovsGun sabotaged tree branch]]... and falls to her death.]]



* FinalGirl: Referred to as a "survivor girl." Played with, in that the girl Leslie has been setting up as the FinalGirl [[spoiler:turns out not to be a virgin, and thus [[DeathBySex not the designated survivor]] -- Taylor, the woman making the documentary, was his intended FinalGirl all along]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are many clues dropped throughout that [[spoiler:Taylor, not Kelly, is Leslie's real intended "survivor girl". Taylor is seen turning down a beer when visiting Eugene's house, she's squicked out when Leslie describes a sex scene in detail, and she's clueless as to the phallic metaphors Leslie invokes -- all indicators that she's sexually inexperienced and otherwise "innocent". Kelly, meanwhile, is seemingly dressed like a modest final girl... except for her willingness to [[ShesGotLegs show off her long legs]], which Todd even comments on.]]
* FreudWasRight - Many of Leslie's claims about the final battle between a slasher and his survivor girl revolve around phallic and yonic symbolism. For example, he claims that when the survivor girl fights back with a long, hard weapon, she's "empowering herself... [[CompensatingForSomething with cock]]."

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* FinalGirl: Referred to as a "survivor girl." Played with, in that the girl Leslie has been setting up as the FinalGirl [[spoiler:turns out not to be a virgin, and thus [[DeathBySex not the designated survivor]] -- Taylor, survivor]]. It's ''Taylor'', the woman making maker of the documentary, who was his intended FinalGirl all along]].
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are many clues dropped throughout that [[spoiler:Taylor, not Kelly, is Leslie's real intended "survivor girl". Taylor is dressed fairly plainly and doesn't wear makeup, she's seen turning down a beer when visiting Eugene's house, she's squicked out when Leslie describes a sex scene in detail, and she's clueless as to the phallic metaphors Leslie invokes -- all indicators that she's sexually inexperienced and otherwise "innocent". Kelly, meanwhile, is seemingly dressed like a modest final girl... except for her willingness to [[ShesGotLegs show off her long legs]], legs]] in a [[ZettaiRyouiki tiny miniskirt]], which Todd even comments on.]]
* FreudWasRight - FreudWasRight: Many of Leslie's claims about the final battle between a slasher and his survivor girl revolve around phallic and yonic symbolism. For example, he claims that when the survivor girl fights back with a long, hard weapon, she's "empowering herself... [[CompensatingForSomething with cock]]."



** ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'': The murders at Crystal Lake are also discussed during the opening scene, and Jason Voorhees is mentioned a few times. There's also a slow-motion shot in a barn near the end that appears to be an homage to a shot in ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartIII Part III]].'' [[spoiler:Leslie Vernon's real surname is Mancuso, possibly related to Frank Mancuso, Jr., who produced all of the ''Friday The t3th'' sequels and [[Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries the related TV series]].]]

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** ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'': The murders at Crystal Lake are also discussed during the opening scene, and Jason Voorhees is mentioned a few times. There's also a slow-motion shot in a barn near the end that appears to be an homage to a shot in ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartIII Part III]].'' [[spoiler:Leslie Vernon's real surname is Mancuso, possibly related to Frank Mancuso, Jr., who produced all of the ''Friday The t3th'' 13th'' sequels and [[Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries the related TV series]].]]



* StatuesqueStunner: Kelly, the girl that Leslie spends much of the movie stalking, is both very attractive and ''very tall'', especially noticeable when standing next to Taylor, who is played by the [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0324462/ 5'4" Angela Goethals]]. Her height is never pointed out in the film. The closest the film comes is in the audio commentary, when some of the filmmakers seem to notice it for the first time.

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* StatuesqueStunner: [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1567202/ Kate Lang Johnson]], the actress who plays Leslie's survivor girl Kelly, the girl that Leslie spends much of the movie stalking, is both very attractive and ''very tall'', tall''. It's especially noticeable when she's standing next to Taylor, who is played by the [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0324462/ 5'4" Angela Goethals]]. Her height is never pointed out in the film. The closest the film comes to doing so is in the audio commentary, when some of the filmmakers seem to notice it for the first time.
23rd Aug '17 7:40:36 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are many clues dropped throughout that [[spoiler:Taylor, not Kelly, is Leslie's real intended "survivor girl". Taylor is seen turning down a beer when visiting Eugene's house, she's squicked out when Leslie describes a sex scene in detail, and she's clueless as to the phallic metaphors Leslie invokes -- all indicators that she's sexually inexperienced and otherwise "innocent".]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are many clues dropped throughout that [[spoiler:Taylor, not Kelly, is Leslie's real intended "survivor girl". Taylor is seen turning down a beer when visiting Eugene's house, she's squicked out when Leslie describes a sex scene in detail, and she's clueless as to the phallic metaphors Leslie invokes -- all indicators that she's sexually inexperienced and otherwise "innocent". Kelly, meanwhile, is seemingly dressed like a modest final girl... except for her willingness to [[ShesGotLegs show off her long legs]], which Todd even comments on.]]


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* ShesGotLegs: Todd remarks quite approvingly about Kelly's long legs. [[spoiler:The fact that [[ZettaiRyouiki she shows them off so much]] is one of the first clues that she's not the virgin Leslie is building her up to be -- and not his real survivor girl.]]
2nd Jan '17 2:13:28 AM SeptimusHeap
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* FreudWasRight - Many of Leslie's claims about the final battle between a slasher and his survivor girl revolve around phallic and yonic symbolism. For example, he claims that when the survivor girl fights back with a long, hard weapon, she's "empowering herself... [[CompensatingForSomething with cock]]."
12th Nov '16 5:34:28 AM Dutchtica
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* WeaponOfChoice: Though he uses some other tools here and there, most of Leslie's kills are performed with a handheld scythe.
12th Nov '16 2:37:27 AM Dutchtica
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* StartOfDarkness: Both played straight and played with. The movie is one for Leslie, while Leslie's "backstory" of a young boy forced to cut grass for his abusive parents several decades ago is a fabricated one.
12th Nov '16 2:32:03 AM Dutchtica
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* RedHerring: [[spoiler: Kelly isn't the FinalGirl, instead the interviewer was.]]
11th Nov '16 5:41:33 PM Dutchtica
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** The anti-bruising jelly Leslie puts on to reduce lacerations and bleeding is also flame retardant.
5th Sep '16 7:13:20 PM Theriocephalus
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* DoingInTheWizard: While horror icons like Freddy,Jason, and Meyers exist the movie indicates that they're regular human beings instead of supernatural slashers of their respective franchises.

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* DoingInTheWizard: While horror icons like Freddy,Jason, Freddy, Jason, and Meyers exist the movie indicates that they're regular human beings instead of the supernatural slashers of their respective franchises.
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