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In 2006 Scott Glosserman turned the slasher genre sideways with his mockumentary Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, which depicted all the slashers from the 70’s and 80’s as not only real but just regular guys like you and me, struggling to work and get by in the world.
The titular character, brought to life brilliantly by Nathan Baesel, won over fans and audiences throughout its festival run and subsequent home release courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment and managed to breathe new life into the long stagnant slasher subgenre as well.
Five years after Behind the Mask, co-writer and director Glosserman and his cast were on hand for Los Angeles’ Weekend of Horrors 2011 and officially announced their plans for the long-awaited sequel and said that for the second installment the filmmakers would be reaching out to the very community that made Leslie Vernon into one of the very few true modern horror icons of the last ten years.
For Before the Mask: The Return of Leslie Vernon, Glosserman has rounded up everyone from the original film to raise awareness for the grassroots campaign asking fans to pre-order Before the Mask on DVD and Blu-ray as an effort to raise funds for production as well as demonstrating to potential investors that fans are really clamoring for a Behind the Mask sequel and their potential investing dollars will be money well spent.
In honor of Glosserman’s newly launched campaign for the sequel we’ve all been anticipating since first meeting Leslie Vernon, Dread Central recently sat down for an in-depth chat with Glosserman for Indie Horror Month to talk all things Behind the Mask-related as well as how Leslie fit into the horror climate of the mid-2000’s and how Glosserman managed to attract such a talented cast of players of new talent and genre favorites alike.
Check out Part One of our exclusive video interview with Glosserman below, and make sure to come back later this week for the second part of our chat with the indie filmmaker to hear more about his plans for the Behind the Mask sequel as well as the challenges of staying independent and so much more.
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