Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is a 2006 American mockumentary horror film and black comedy directed by Scott Glosserman. It stars Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals and Robert Englund. Although largely filmed in Oregon, the film takes place in a small town in Maryland, and follows a journalist and her film crew that is documenting an aspiring serial killer who models himself according to slasher film conventions. The film is an homage to the slasher film genre, and features cameos from several veteran horror actors, including Robert Englund, Zelda Rubinstein, and Kane Hodder. The film premiered at the 2006 London FrightFest Film Festival and was shown at several other festivals and met with critical acclaim. It received a limited release in the United States on March 16, 2007.