Behind the Mask director Scott Glosserman wants to make a sequel and you can help!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. It can be tough for low budget filmmakers out there, especially when they have a festival hit and don't launch right away.
I've seen it a lot, especially in genre films. I've seen The Signal guys struggle to get films off the ground despite selling their $50,000 shot-with-friends movie for seven figures.
It's a tough time for low budget filmmakers. Scott Glosserman come out with the genuinely fun take on slasher films that puts every Scream sequel to shame to much critical reception a few years back called Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.
What was brilliant about Behind the Mask was how it shifts from being a funny slasher deconstruction to a real-deal slasher film. At first the film is a faux-documentary conceit as a woman follows a slasher-in-the-making as he prepares for his big night. There's a shift, though, that begins gradually until the point where the documentary stops happening and you're in the world. It's quite a great concept and Glosserman executes it fantastically.
If you haven't seen the movie, check out the trailer below. It'll catch you up to speed on the tone and features the late, great Zelda Rubinstein!
Director Scott Glosserman has an idea for a sequel/prequel/remake (if you've seen the movie you know that is quite possible and a great way to wedge in some commentary on the modern state of horror that Scream 4 just totally ignored) that he's calling Before The Mask: The Return of Leslie Vernon and he's raising money independently to make the movie happen.
He's going with the Kickstarter model, but what's interesting is that since there was a significant fanbase for the first movie he's essentially selling pre-orders for the new movie (on DVD) to the fans, charged only if the film is greenlighted, which is a bit different from just asking for blind donations on Kickstarter in return for a koozie or something.
If you're a fan of Behind the Mask and want to see more of Leslie Vernon, then head on over to the Facebook page and like it up... and pre-order the DVD or, if you really feel generous, buy an autographed poster for a little more money.
It's an interesting model for these guys who make a movie that is liked, but doesn't blow up the world and one I hope succeeds for them. Getting genre out of the hands of bean-counters is always a good thing.
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July 3, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST
didn't wear a mask.
July 3, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST
by Sappers Forward
July 3, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST
July 3, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST
July 3, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon was made by people with so little interest in the horror genre that they didn't even notice that their movie was just a retread of a hundred other "clever" direct-to-video slasher movies. Nice to see him going for this kind of lame, destined-to-fail scheme instead of actually making another movie.
July 3, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST
At the Jacksonville Film Festival. I remember it being okay, but it didn't leave much of an impression.
July 3, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST
July 3, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST
I thought they did a great job at getting the comedy right at the beginning and the fun horror at the end. But what I liked best was the very specific point by point deconstruction of slasher films but done in an entertaining way. I learnt more in this film than 3 expensive years at a film school.
July 3, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST
by Dr. Samuel Loomis
July 3, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST
That is completely the wrong use of the article "die." It's like you're not even trying.
July 3, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST
Behind the Mask, despite all the hype, was a rip off of the french film Man Bites Dog and was pretty lame to boot. I have no interest in seeing a sequel. However, good on him for making a film and having it widely seen. I know that a sequel is his most likely chance of getting funding, but that's a dead end. I suggest he really tries something new. He doesn't want to end up like that Duffy dickhead with his crappy-assed Boondock movies and no chance of ever doing a film again.
July 3, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST
Have to check it out. A clever idea, in my opinion. Getting funding of any kind for a film is a difficult, difficult thing, so congratulations to these guys. I would like to see what else they have in the chamber, though, instead of a sequel. Especially just starting out as they are. It's important to show range, even if you are a genre filmmaker.
July 3, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST
Now THAT is a fucking fantastic genre piece. For several years I had heard people like Quint and Arrow(over at arrowinthehead) rave about it, but I never got around to it. I finally watched it like 6 months ago and fell in love with it... I've probably watched it 7 or 8 times since then, each time wrangling in a new group of friends or relatives to introduce it to. Imagine my surprise when I imdb'd the filmmakers, only to learn that the only thing they(or one of them, at least) has made since then was those fucking "Psycho Sweet 16" movies for MTV. What a damn shame. The 2nd act, in particular, is such haywire fucking comical madness at a genius level... I thought we were looking at the next Sam Raimi in director Dan Bush.
July 3, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST
I don't see how you could make much of a prequel. The guy is training to become a Jason-esque slasher character in the first one. It was great. What comes before then? How could you execute it? No, what would be even better is the inevitable sequel. Leslie didn't really die in the end of the first one. Naturally, he had this all planned out and in the second, he's doing another documentary on how the "villain" comes back and builds up a sequel story, either going after the same person/people again or using the same MO in the same town.<br><br> Really, a prequel? Come on, I liked Behind the Mask (it was streaming on Netflix for a while), but I think a sequel is a far more natural progression of this movie than a prequel.
July 3, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST
July 3, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST
by Dave Shaw
We have been raising money for our film Late Night Classics presents GORILLA! by offering onscreen Executive Producer credits to anyone who donates over $20. We have been fairly successful at it too. Here is the write-up at Arrow in the Head: http://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/news/50s-style-promo-trailer-for-indie-throwback-late-night-classics-presents-gorilla
July 3, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST
this one will make $5.75
July 4, 2011, 1:13 a.m. CST
by Paul Dronet
BEHIND THE MASK was a terrible film. Not clever, not funny, not scary, and with some of the dumbest characters put on film. How this got so much good will from so many online critics is beyond me.
July 4, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST
Not the film, the AICN reaction. Does anyone on this site really enjoy anything, or is this just where people go to spew vitriol and stand on an Internet soapbox to spread hyperbolic negative opinions? Really enjoyed Leslie Vernon. I already have supported this campaign. Good luck!
July 4, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST
by Red Ned Lynch
...and I've seen a...few horror movies in my day. I thought the characters were likable, the action light but clever...there's a line about having to appear to be walking that brought a smile to my face just now, just thinking about it, and the denouement, though not at all unexpected, was nicely handled. This was a much better than average horror movie. Classic? No. Was it as good as The Signal? No. Was it as good as House of the Devil, which also got a great deal of on-line acclaim? Yeah, in fact it was better. Do I want to see a sequel to it? No, probably not, and that kind of sucks because I really liked the performance of the actor who played Leslie. But the central conceit of the film, a conceit that was a sort of high wire act to begin with, was the documentary about the birth of a new monster. And that's just not a well you can return to. So either you do away with that conceit and make a straightforward slasher or you try to climb back on that tiger a second time and I just don't see a way that ends well. And saying Behind the Mask was the same as Man Bites Dog is...let's be kind and say a stretch. Yes, they do start at sort of the same point. But the goals of the films could scarcely be more disparate. In fact, they are almost diametrically opposed.
July 4, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST
Because you're not using it correctly. Every movie is in a genre. The term "genre film" is completely meaningless.
July 5, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST
great idea, on paper...but the film never came together and was just kind of dull and listless. It's funny that you take a stab at the Scream series. Even the worst Scream (Scream 3) was better than 'Behind the Mask'. Good luck to the director. I like to see indy films get made, and wish the filmmaker all the luck in the world. I just have no interest in seeing it.
July 5, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST
BTM was so fucking trite. So pretentious and contrived. It was poorly acted and flat. Goddamn boring.
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