Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (Glosserman 2006)
A serial killer is a serial killer is a serial killer is a serial killer.
We kill off this mini-series on serial killers with another meta satire film. Seemingly well intentioned, Behind the Mask wants to be better than it is. Our discussion moves into meta-meta commentary and stays there. How do you deconstruct tropes? How do you escape the binary of established systems /reactionary takes? Ultimately, this film serves as a lesson in how efforts to be transgressive can actually strengthen and re-inscribe the tropes and logics of dominant systems rather than challenge them.
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SPOILERS IN THIS EPISODE
TOPIC INDEX – Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (Glosserman 2006) (times are approximate)
0:30 – Introductions
2:00 – thus continues a mini-series on serial killers
2:45 – spoilers
4:00 – Movie discussion begins
4:00 – this episode dedicated to Marshall’s former student Sarah E.
8:00 – sociology moment: deconstruction
12:00 – this film’s efforts at deconstruction: the final girl
16:00 – compared to Scream (Craven 1996)
19:30 – emotional experience of the film
22:00 – reinforcing vs deconstructing tropes
23:30 – tropes
25:00 – horror media as a cultural release
30:45 – sexual assault
31:15 – omission of commentary
46:00 – how would we have changed the film
56:00 – grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Social Responsibility
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (McNaughton 1985)
Funny Games (Haneke 1997)
Monster (Jenkins 2003)
Scream (Craven 1996)
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