Listen to our Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon episode on:
- Google Play
- Player FM
- Pocket Casts
Part spoof documentary, part love letter to classic horror, Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon follows a surprisingly affable serial killer as he prepares to embark on his first killing spree. Hoping to join the ranks of the ‘legends’ like Michael Myers, Freddie Krueger and Chucky, he invites a crew of young filmmakers to track his meticulous preparations – which apparently include heavy cardio for apparently effortless pursuit of his victims, identifying a suitable ‘survivor girl’ and even choreographing his own defeat at the end.
It’s a smart and refreshingly subtle satire that recognises the genre’s inherently self-mocking nature, eschewing Scary Movie-esque broad laughs for more low-key, observational humour that rewards repeat viewing and a deep love of the genre – which explains why despite the film’s limited distribution, it’s picked up a strong cult following among horror fans.
One such fan is this week’s special guest Mark Reid, who recommended this movie to us as a Patreon pick. He joins us to share why this movie resonated with him and to help us to pitch some much-deserved sequels – including a Marvel-inspired twist on the format, a rematch between Leslie and his ‘survivor girl’ and a serial killer summer camp movie featuring some very familiar faces…
Our Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon episode is available now for free streaming and download on all good podcatchers. Just follow the links at the top of this blog post, or search for ‘Beyond the Box Set’ on your preferred app. If you like the show please hit subscribe for a new episode every Friday morning – and if you really like us, leaving a review is a great way to help us to find new listeners.
Next week, we’ll be leaving the horror genre behind for a little while with a journey way, way back to the summer of 2013 with a star-studded coming of age dramedy. Until then, happy listening!