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Film Threat: Behind ‘The Mask’

Film Threat: Behind 'The Mask'

Scott Glosserman’s acclaimed horror epic, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, is out on DVD this week. It’s easily one of the most beloved American indie horror films of the last year, so do yourself a favor and see it. Soon. To mark the occasion, Film Threat has re-published an interview with Glosserman conducted around the film’s premiere at SXSW 2006. From the article:

Film Threat: Does your film lean more towards comedy or horror?

Scott Glosserman: Great question! I believe that the answer will fluctuate for folks, depending on each viewer’s sensibility. For me, BTM is a “mocku”-horror film. Although I certainly feel as though it belongs in the horror section, I consider it more of a dark comedy than a horror film. It is quite self-aware, and therefore, the suspenseful or gratuitously violent scenes are intended to be laughed with despite the fact that the shooting technique may cause the audience to jump.

To that end, I‘m hoping that my film will not only appeal to horror fans — because they will completely understand its intent and, therefore, accept its tone — but that it will appeal to a much broader demographic of film-goers who wouldn’t ordinarily see a horror film, because this one deconstructs it in a funny, accessible, art-house sort-of-way.

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