Lace up your boots, kiddies. It's going to get wet.
Deconstructive Parody, Lampshade Hanging 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 Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and 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 survivor girl: a blonde virgin 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.Though a Kickstarter campaign was unsuccessful, funding is still being sought for a sequelNot to be confused with the Play By Post game Behind the Mask.
This film provides examples of the following tropes:
Abandoned Area - 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 old scary house built on an abandoned apple orchard.
Affably Evil - 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 retired slasher, is also very personable.
All Myths Are True - Variation. All slasher movie characters are real. Subverted, however, in that Leslie Vernon 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.
Ascended Fanboy - Leslie looked up to the great slashers of the past as his idols, and now he gets to be one.
Balance Between Good and Evil - 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.
Batman Gambit - Leslie is really good at predicting what people will do.
Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick - 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 one and the same.
Captain Ersatz - Doc Halloran dresses and wears his beard the same as Dr. Samuel Loomis. They also have the same occupation and relationship with their killer patients. His name, however, is a reference to The Shining.
Dropped A Bridge On Her - 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 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 sabotaged tree branch... and falls to her death.
Evil Plan- Leslie's plan is ultimately to be defeated by his final girl.
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. Sounds familiar?
Friday the 13th: 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 Part III.Leslie Vernon's real surname is Mancuso, possibly related to Frank Mancuso Jr, who produced all of the Friday The 13th sequels and the related TV series
Statuesque Stunner - 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 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.
The Voiceless - 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.