It cannot be stressed enough that if you have not seen Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (review), then you should go out and get it right now. Hollywood has made it clear to us this year that all the best horror films are going straight to DVD or have to fight tooth and nail just to be considered for theatrical release.
We who have seen Vernon have one burning question on our minds: “Where does the story go from here?” To answer that question Icons of Fright has an interview up with writer/producer David J. Stieve wherein he discusses the present and future of Leslie Vernon. Below is a small quote from the very lengthy interview:
“I can tell you and your readers that there is a definite idea for what’s going to happen to Leslie Vernon next, that’s been the goal all along. Obviously the focus of that or the metaphor involved there, as it happened with Nathan as an actor or Scott as a director, or me as a writer, it’s how do you handle that ‘freshman phenom/rookie’ of the year type thing! That’s the symbolism at play; how does Leslie handle his success? And of course you have the whole genre-specific constructions and conventions of a horror sequel. There’s specific conventions involved with every killer that comes back. How the town reacts, who the people are that survive, and who fills what role coming around again, so there are all these very specific genre expectations for a sequel that are ripe for the picking but there’s obviously the metaphor of how does Leslie as the ‘artist’ handle his fame, does he handle it well, does he burn out too quick, keep himself in check, does he do it right? There’s a very rich soil to till from a storytelling standpoint.“
Be sure to hit up the link above for the rest of the story. As we’ve told you time and time again, this film kicks ass, but the only way minds will be made up is to see the film so order it here!
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