Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon ★★★★★

"It is going to get wet in here tonight. Lace your boots up kiddies."

Okay, so this is one of the most funny and endearing meta-horror movies that I've ever seen? And it's well-acted and scripted? And genuinely really creative? And almost nobody's ever seen it? Well, well, we've got some work to do...

I've been anticipating checking out Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon for a very long time now as the few people I know that have seen it have done nothing but sing its praises. I seem to be really striking gold with my mockumentary choices recently, but this one might be my favourite, because this is seriously one of the most charming slasher flicks I've ever seen. Yeah, Leslie Vernon may be a serial killer who selects his victims from high-school car parks without prejudice, but he's also a really sweet, friendly and genuinely caring guy. In fact, he could in many ways be considered the film's lead protagonist! Akin to the previous film that I watched with my girlfriend, Candyman, there's some amazing exploration of slasher mythologies and folklore in here, and it's just really fun to see Leslie setting up his own urban legend and backstory to accompany his stylised murder-spree. The deconstruction of horror tropes and techniques is particularly inspire and original, and the shout-outs to other movies of its ilk are frequently hilarious in their simplistic mundanity. Also, the cider orchard gimmick that Leslie has is just really cool and I love it. Basically, this is an amazing little modern horror movie and y'all should watch it.

I swear Leslie has actual supernatural powers though, I mean how did he pick up that copy of Paradise Lost from the library without hesitating despite not looking at it? Please let this be answered in that sequel we've all been waiting for...