About three years ago I had the pleasure to sit down with Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon as the closing gala screening at Toronto After Dark’s inaugural year. Next to Funky Forest: The First Contact, this is probably the best film I’ve seen in the three years of attending the festival… or at least one of my favorites.
Behind the Mask is a film that defies conventions and manages to create a fun new sub-genre called a slashumentary in which we follow the stages of a young man determined, as he prepares to become one of the greatest slasher villains of all time; better than Michael Myers or even the great Freddy Krueger. Check out our full review for the details, but I can assure you it is one spectacular romp through the mind of a psychotic.
Immediately following the screening in Toronto was a Q&A with director Glosserman in which someone inevitably brought up the question of a sequel. Glosserman made some remarks that he had a couple of ideas but that would be a long way down the road. Apparently we’re nearing the end of that road as there are some mur murs of a sequel possibly already in the works.
In an interview over at Icons of Fright, co-writer of Mask, David J. Stieve, mentions that despite a poor theatrical run, consistent, healthy DVD sales provided some “concrete interest in making a sequel to BEHIND THE MASK soon”. He goes on to talk about overall ideas of how the film might continue on with the real-world scenarios played out in the first film and stick with the documentary feel to the film but still maintain the slasher goodness that Leslie has now become known for.
Definitely check out the full interview to glean some more details and thoughts on what Vernon might have in store for us in the future. It really sounds like this is a go project and so for me the details don’t concern me. I will be giving my money to the film makers gladly for anything more from Leslie Vernon and the sleepy town of Glen Echo.