[[caption-width-right:213:Lace up your boots, kiddies. It's going to get wet.]]

DeconstructiveParody, LampshadeHanging and metahumor are the name of the game in ''Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon'', in which charming psycho killer Vernon brings a film crew along to document the series of murders that will cement his name in the slasher hall of fame along with [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]], [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] and [[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Michael Myers]].

Interviewed by a student journalist named Taylor Gentry, Leslie details the extensive preparations that slashers go through in order to make a killing spree possible, especially setting up his [[FinalGirl survivor girl]]: a blonde {{virgin|Power}} named Kelly. When it comes time for the actual murders, though, the documentary crew finally realizes what they've gotten themselves into and opt out at the last minute. [[spoiler:Not realizing that their "last minute" has already passed.]]

Though a Kickstarter campaign was unsuccessful, funding is still being sought for a [[http://www.facebook.com/BeforeTheMask/app_129044847175105 sequel]]

Not to be confused with the PlayByPost game PlayByPostGames/BehindTheMask.
!!This film provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbandonedArea - According to Leslie, the first step in being a slasher is to have "an anchor for your legend." In this case, the Vernon legend revolves around an [[HauntedHouse old scary house]] built on an abandoned apple orchard.
* AffablyEvil - Leslie Vernon is so charming and friendly that the filmmakers completely forget that their new buddy is an aspiring mass murderer. This seems to be par for the course for killers. Eugene, the [[RetiredMonster retired slasher]], is also very personable.
* AllMythsAreTrue - Variation. All ''{{slasher movie}}'' characters are real. Subverted, however, in that Leslie Vernon [[spoiler:turns out to be Leslie ''Mancuso'', a mortal man who's simply using the urban legend of slain Leslie Vernon to instill fear in the townsfolk and implying, by extension, that Freddy, Jason, ''et al'' were similarly lacking in supernatural powers]].
* AndShowItToYou - One of the [[TheStoner stoners]] gets it with a post-hole digger.
* AscendedFanboy - Leslie looked up to the great slashers of the past as his idols, and now he gets to be one.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil - [[spoiler:Leslie's driving force, and the alleged driving force of many a serial killer out there. In order for good to triumph over evil, there needs to be evil, and Leslie feels it is his duty to provide it.]]
* BatmanGambit - Leslie is ''really'' good at predicting what people will do.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick - Leslie has a habit of discussing murder in the same sentence as he might discuss his favorite food or his pets. One of his comments suggests that his favorite food and his pets may be [[EatTheDog one and the same.]]
* BuriedAlive - Eugene, the [[RetiredMonster retired slasher]], has this done to himself ''deliberately.'' Apparently it's a form of meditation that helps him [[MasterOfYourDomain slow his heart rate and breathing]] to [[FakingTheDead undetectable levels]]. He's first introduced after Leslie and the unseen camera crew have to unearth him. Leslie has also studied the trick.
* CaptainErsatz - Doc Halloran dresses and wears his beard the same as [[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Dr. Samuel Loomis]]. They also have the same occupation and relationship with their killer patients. His name, however, is a reference to ''Film/TheShining''.
* ChekhovsGun
** The cider press. Leslie indicates that it will be of some importance, though does not say for what. [[spoiler:Taylor uses it to "kill" Leslie.]]
** The tree branches near the second story of Leslie's house.
* ChekhovsSkill - The mentor showing that he can feign death by meditating in his sensory deprivation chamber.
* CoolMask - Leslie, of course.
* CrazyPrepared - The bulk of the film is dedicated to Leslie's preparation for every possible scenario.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy - Leslie has studied everything there is to know about slasher killings, and has prepared his oeuvre using all of his collected knowledge.
* DeadlineNews - [[spoiler:The crew loses a cameraman to the killer.]]
* DeadpanSnarker - Todd, the camera man.
* DeathBySex - [[DiscussedTrope Discussed well in advance]] and eventually [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by Leslie when he begins his killing spree. It's even [[JustifiedTrope justified]] since the reason Leslie kills the copulating young couple first is because they are both [[DistractedByTheSexy distracted]] and [[LetsSplitUpGang away from the central group.]]
* DeconstructorFleet - Takes apart the slasher genre bit by bit and [[DeconReconSwitch pieces it back together again]].
* {{Determinator}} - Doc Halloran, Leslie's "[[MobyDick Ahab]]".
* [[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.]]
* EvilPlan- Leslie's plan is [[spoiler:ultimately to be defeated by his final girl.]]
* EyesAlwaysShut - The two stoners.
* 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]].
* GoThroughMe - Doug, one of the camera operators, at least puts forth the effort.
* GodivaHair - [[spoiler: When Kelly, the supposed survivor girl, hops on the nerdy kid's johnson like it's a pogo stick.]]
* LoveMakesYouCrazy
** In the sense that Leslie Vernon loves his intended [[FinalGirl Survivor Girl]]. Of course, when asked about it, he says "I love the ''idea'' of her."
** Leslie takes the documentary crew to visit his best friends, Eugene and Jamie, a [[HappilyMarried married couple]] who are strongly implied to have started as a slasher-survivor girl relationship.
* MayDecemberRomance - There's at least twenty years between Eugene and Jamie, and probably more than thirty.
* MenacingStroll - Explained in a deleted scene. The killer runs while the victim isn't looking and slows to a power walk when the victim turns around.
* MetaGuy - Leslie, of course.
* {{Mockumentary}} - A bunch of graduate students follow around a slasher as he prepares for a supernatural killing spree.
* MoodWhiplash - The last 15 minutes or so are played as a straight slasher.
* MyCarHatesMe - Justified in this case. One of Leslie's tricks is to remove spark plugs.
* NotQuiteDead - [[spoiler:Guess who wakes up in the credits.]]
* OffscreenTeleportation - Used extensively by Leslie. He explains this tactic as stage magic, having learned it by studying the likes of Houdini, as well as extensive cardio.
* OldMaster - Eugene, a [[RetiredMonster retired slasher]] and Leslie's best friend.
* PantyShot - The camera watches one of the girls ascending a ladder. [[FanService Twice.]]
* PeekABooCorpse - It wouldn't be a slasher homage without one.
* ReferenceOverdosed - Even beyond the more obvious {{shout out}}s, there are ''dozens'' of far more subtle references to various horror movies, particularly [[SlasherMovie slashers.]]
** ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'': The opening scene discusses the events of these movies in Haddonfield, Illinois, as real. Michael Myers is mentioned a few times. Doc Halloran's role, occupation, and style are nearly the same as those of Dr. Sam Loomis. There's also an opening shot with Taylor that shows the Red Rabbit Pub. Not to mention, Eugene's wife is Jamie, and Kelly's family name is Curtis. [[JamieLeeCurtis Sounds familiar]]?
** ''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 13th'' sequels and [[Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries the related TV series]]]]
** ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'': Not only are Freddy Krueger's killings mentioned during the opening, the house featured in [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 the original movie]] is shown with Creator/KaneHodder as a briefly-shown resident. Additionally, there's a shot of three little girls in white playing jumprope.
** ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'': A puzzle box is visible at Eugene and Jamie's house.
** ''Film/PetSematary'': Leslie's turtles, Church and Zoe, are named after the pets in both this movie and its sequel.
** ''Film/{{Maniac}}'': The bit when Leslie starts to cry and says "I'm so happy" is a reference to a rather disturbing scene from this movie.
** ''Film/TheShining'': The music playing in the background while Leslie puts on his makeup is a reference to this. Additionally, Doc Halloran is named after a character from this movie.
* TheScourgeOfGod - Booze, drugs and sex are conventional means of getting killed in an slasher; this is no different.
* SinisterScythe - Leslie's WeaponOfChoice, although it's actually a ''hand'' scythe.
* SlasherMovie - Part of it, anyway.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Of Scream.
* 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.
* StonersAreFunny - Two of teenagers in Leslie's target group are [[FlatCharacter one-dimensional potheads]] appropriately credited as [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Stoned Guy]] and Slightly More Stoned Guy.
* TooDumbToLive - Lampshaded.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Of course, the spoken plan goes off without a hitch, too. At least the parts that weren't deliberate misdirection.
* VillainProtagonist - Leslie Vernon.
* TheVoiceless - [[AvertedTrope Averted]] for most of the movie; unlike most of the well-known slashers, Leslie is ''very'' chatty. This flip-flops during the final act, when Leslie gets into character and plays this trope (mostly) straight.
* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb - The situation for which Leslie is preparing. He expects the group of friends who associate with survivor girl Kelly will dare each other to spend the night in the [[HauntedHouse creepy old farm house]] on the Vernon orchard. Naturally, they do, with the [[DeathBySex usual]] [[TheScourgeOfGod results.]]