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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Slasher film spoof has some clever twists.

Movie R 2007 92 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+
Well, its not really bad compared to other slashers suggested rating R for strong horror violence, and some sexuality mainly should be able to watch 14+ if child can handle.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 15+

Not for me...

This movie wasn't how I thought it would be. I was expecting a fun, scary slasher flick but half of the film featured talking mainly and not much action until around the end, which I didn't care for either. The acting was bad. It sort of felt like a stage play the whole way through and definitely not scary one bit! The only likable character was the female reporter, Taylor. If you're looking for something fun and worth watching, skip on this one. It's quite boring. Language was strong like any R-rated film with plenty of f-words and more. Violence has weapons used, stabbings and shootings mainly in flashbacks. A serial killer likes to terrorize girls for fun. Lots of discussions about violent acts. Sexual content has a teen girl on top when people walk in on them, some sex talk throughout. Some drinking and drug use. This is not suitable for kids or teens under 16!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Older teens may be interested in this slasher film spoof, which isn't as goofy and action-packed as the Scream franchise but plays up the same idea. According to Behind the Mask, Leslie's desire to kill anonymous teens could be a sign of psychosis or a symptom of the culture that offers up imagery as entertainment. Wanting to be famous like his idols, Leslie manipulates the TV crew for maximum effect, understanding the interlocking of violence and media, spectacle and spectators. Clearly, Behind the Masks's shrewd parody is geared for viewers familiar with TV forensics lessons, Nancy Grace, and torture as (unacknowledged) wartime policy.

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