Leslie Vernon may soon be coming back. And it’s about time.
It’s been 11 years since we first met a new slasher icon in Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. Directed by Scott Glosserman, the innovative slasher film took a meta approach to the sub-genre, deconstructing the whole damn thing by taking us behind the scenes and showing what it’s like to be a slasher villain. The planning. The preparation. The execution.
In the past decade, Behind the Mask has scooped up a pretty sizeable audience of fans, and back in 2012, Glosserman tried in vain to fan-fund a sequel to the film. The script had already been penned by David Stieve, who wrote the first film, and though fans were begging for it, the numbers just didn’t reflect the interest. Leslie Vernon, it seemed, would forever be a one-hit wonder.
But that may change this year.
After being inactive for well over a year, the official Before the Mask: The Return of Leslie Vernon Facebook page was updated last night with a mysterious message: “It’s about time to dust this old thing off…..2017 seems like a good year.” Actor Nathan “Leslie Vernon” Baesel subsequently shared the post, writing that “Maybe something good will come out of 2017 yet.”
After seeing the post we reached out to Stieve, who told us this:
Leslie doesn’t give up, he’s always watching for his moment. Remember, if he taught us nothing else, it’s that his line of work is neither easy or convenient, and it takes its own sweet time for the right confluence of events to come together.
What does this all mean? Well, if nothing more, it’s confirmation that SOMETHING is finally happening in the world of Leslie Vernon. We’re keeping our eyes and ears peeled for more.
In the meantime, here’s what we last heard about Before the Mask:
Before the Mask will pick up where Behind The Mask left off with Vernon disappointed that his fame did not catch on, but ready to get back to work. With Before The Mask, Glosserman seeks to create a spreemake, or a mash-up of a sequel, prequel, and remake, that will deconstruct and comment on the archetypes of prequels, sequels and remakes. The original team of filmmakers and actors, including all-stars Nathan Baesel (Leslie Vernon), Angela Goethals (Taylor Gentry) and Robert Englund (Doc Holleran), are anxious for the second Leslie Vernon installment.