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Behind the Mask Joins Screamfest

Published August 31, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Screamfest.
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Earlier this week we announced that Hatchet and Automaton Transfusion had joined the lineup of films to be shown at Screamfest 2006 (here) and have now been alerted to one more.

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Joins Screamfest 2006

Rachel Belofsky, founder of the annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival, is pleased to announce the selection of Scott Glosserman’s Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon into the 6th annual event, which is to be held October 13-22 at the Mann Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, California.

Behind the Mask
joins the likes of Steven Miller’s zombie pic Automaton Transfusion and Adam Green’s Hatchet, which stars Robert Englund, Tony Todd and Kane Hodder at the horror film festival, which has been called “The Sundance of Horror” by numerous journalists.

In Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, the next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo, all the while deconstructing the conventions and archetypes of the horror genre for them.

Behind the Mask, just like Green’s Hatchet, stars Robert Englund, whom is best known as Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street films. The pic also stars Nathan Baesel (Invasion) in his break through on-screen performance. The film made its US debut at this year’s SXSW Film Festival where critics raved about the film calling it “one of the best revisionist horror films of the last decade,” ( and “a smart, witty, and entirely entertaining horror mockumentary." –

About Screamfest:

The Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the #1 horror film festival in the United States. Some of the largest horror online publications have called it the "Sundance of Horror." Normally held at Loews Universal Studios Cinemas, Universal CityWalk, the festival is now held annually at the prestigious Graumanís Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood. Screamfest premieres and showcases new work from American and international independent horror filmmakers. Film entries are accepted in the categories of Best Feature, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Special Effects and Musical Score. In addition, there are special categories for Best Animation, Best Short, Best Documentary and Best Student Film.

The festival has hosted many famous filmmakers as guests, including Sam Raimi, Wes Craven, Eli Roth, James Wan, Zack Snyder, Stan Winston, Sean Cunningham, Tim Sullivan and even John Landis. Screamfest has also introduced some major horror films onto the world, including Wolf Creek, Boo!, Curandero, Feast, Three... Extremes, Sigaw, 2001 Maniacs, Cube: Zero, Dead Meat, 28 Days Later, Dog Soldiers, Wrong Turn and many more.

While the horror boom continues to show no signs of slowing down, Screamfest continues to grow at an alarming rate. Annually Screamfest holds a private party at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT and has many exclusive engagements in Los Angeles throughout the year. The festival has been featured in Variety, Time Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter' and other major publications.

For more info on Screamfest, click HERE.

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