Documentary filmmaker Taylor Gentry has found the ultimate subject for her inaugural shoot when she’s contacted by aspiring supernatural killer (!) Leslie Vernon. Vernon wants to be, for the town of Glen Echo, what Michael Myers is to Haddonfield. A brief explanation might be in order here: In this film’s reality, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and their slasher film ilk are as everyday real as Ted Bundy, Ed Gein or Donald Rumsfeld. Vernon has studied the works of his mentors. He has trained to be able to walk slowly yet still catch up with his prey. He has learned how to canvass for a potential "survivor girl" when considering which group of friends to attack. He is ready to embark on his new career as Glen Echo’s worst nightmare and is absolutely ecstatic with anticipation. Taylor travels to the town of Glen Echo to meet with Vernon and document his bloody ascension to infamy.
Anyone with Crystal Lake memories will adore this smart, hilarious deconstruction of the stalk-and-slash subgenre, a breakout audience favourite at this year’s South By Southwest Film Festival that, in the filmmaker’s own words, "begins like a Christopher Guest movie and ends like a 1981 slasher flick." One part mockumentary, one part stylized narrative filmmaking, Behind The Mask has total respect for the genre, refusing to fall back into easy spoof, its humour hatchet-sharp and wickedly deadpan. As a postmodern slasher satire, it’s seen itself likened to Wes Craven’s Scream, which is understandable if unfair. That film skewered the conventions of the genre, and did it well, but Mask goes considerably further, exploring and parodying the deeper reasons why these films have typically been structured in such specific ways. Nathan Baesel and Angela Goethals play off each other brilliantly in the leads. Robert Englund will floor you in a supporting role as Leslie Vernon’s very own Dr. Loomis. Even Zelda Rubinstein (Poltergeist) makes an appearance. Best of all, the film manages to pull off the near-impossible, effortlessly shifting sensibilities in places to become exactly what it satirizes. First-time director Scott Glosserman and co-writer David Stieve have delivered one of this year’s biggest genre surprises.
"I loved the hell out of this movie… Glosserman managed to not only keep it fun while avoiding the cheese, but he made an honest to goodness great entry to the genre" - Dalyn McDougle, CREATURE CORNER
"Comparisons to Scream have been mentioned quite a bit, but that’s a little off. This is a smarter, vastly more entertaining movie" – Eric Campos, FILM THREAT
"Two severed thumbs way up" – Joe O’ Connell, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Hosted by Director Scott Glosserman
WINNER: Audience Award, Gen Art
Director: Scott Glosserman
Screenplay: Scott Glosserman, David J. Stieve
Cast: Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals, Robert Englund, Scott Wilson, Kate Lang Johnson
Producers: Al Corley, Scott Glosserman, Michael D. Jones, Andrew Lewis, Eugene Musso, Bart Rosenblatt , David J. Stieve
Distributor: Glen Echo Entertainment