Last month we had a little chat with writer David Stieve, the man who penned the brilliant meta slasher flick Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. As we shared with you, Stieve told us that in his mind when he wrote the script, actor Scott Wilson’s character Eugene (Leslie’s mentor) was intended to be Billy from the original Black Christmas, and when we went back and revisited the 2006 film, we realized that it all added up. Eugene notes that he was a prolific killer in the late ’60s/early ’70s who was never caught, which damn sure sounds like Billy to us.
Pretty cool, right? Of course, this connection between Black Christmas and Behind the Mask was just a bit of fun rather than any sort of official link between the two films, but in any event, it’s hard to ever watch Behind the Mask again without thinking of Eugene as Billy. An amusing little tidbit that adds an additional element to the film, and really nothing more than that.
So relax. Don’t get mad at us for having a little fun here!
In the wake of posting that article, Behind the Mask director Scott Glosserman reached out to us to reveal another little Easter egg that put a smile on my face. If Eugene was indeed a prolific slasher in the ’60s and ’70s, it would stand to reason that Black Christmas wasn’t his only gig, and this Easter egg suggests that maybe he was also responsible for The Toolbox Murders…
Here’s Eugene’s monologue from Behind the Mask, which hints at his past:
It was a whole different world back when I was in the game. I had a good portion of my success in the late ’60s, ’70s. Back then, it was about quantity of work – how many jobs can you fit in a year, how many places can you hit? Ya know, we didn’t have all this preparation these guys use today. There’s always been hacks out there. People mucking it up. One-hit wonders who make a bloody mess of some sorority somewhere and get killed… or arrested. Makes it bad for all of us. Cheapens it.
Jay, Fred, Mike… there weren’t nobody like them in the early years. We just hit hard, wiped everybody out, and disappeared as soon as we could… without ever giving a thought to coming back. Those boys lifted it to a whole other level, they made an artform of it. Turned themselves into legends, by returning like a curse over and over again. That was a radical change in philosophy. Changed the whole business.
Again, this is all for fun. Take it or leave it!