Back in 2006 horror fans were treated to a unique take on the slasher film with the ever creative flick Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. Since it’s release, Scott Glosserman’s flick has achieved cult status, becoming a quick favorite of many a genre fan. Not long after it’s release there was talk of doing a sequel. After a failed crowd funding campaign, many thought we’d never see another entry into the Leslie Vernon mythos. While fans didn’t get the movie they so desired, they were able to have their Leslie Vernon lust somewhat satiated with the release of Before the Mask: The Return of Leslie Vernon in comic form in 2017.
After the release of the comics, many fans, including myself, gave up hope that we’d ever see Glen Echo’s favorite slasher on the silver screen again. That is, until this afternoon, when a surprise post went up on the B4TM Facebook page:
Ah now for the one thing everyone loathes...writing about themselves!
Well for starters, my name is Chuck, and I am a south Jersey transplant living in Amish country. I’ve been a horror fan since 5th grade, about 16 years ago. My horror fandom started when I got my hands on a copy of Jay Anson’s novel The Amityville Horror. The book terrified me, and I knew I just had to watch the movie. An older cousin of mine had a copy of it, and that was the genesis of my obsession with the genre.
Over the years I have expressed my horror fandom in many ways. Since about 2005 I have been regularly attending horror conventions. These have been great ways to amass collectibles, movies, and to meet some of my favorite celebrities. My best friend Mike and I used to run our own horror blog years ago, and we also dabbled in script writing. I am looking forward to going back to writing about horror, something I’ve always loved.
When I’m not working (I work at PNC Bank), my non-horror interests are studying theology and economics, watching Japanese tokusatsu, and doing play-by-play commentary for professional wrestling. I’m also a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and singing in a Barbershop quartet. Oh, and I’m probably the biggest fan of the Golden Girls you’ll ever meet.
My top 5 horror flicks (definitely subject to change):
1. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
2. Basket Case (1982)
3. Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
4. The Beyond (1981)
5. Dawn of the Dead (1978)