Anchor Bay Entertainment, a Starz Media company, has acquired all rights to Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, the highly anticipated mocku-slasher film from first-time filmmaker Scott Glosserman, the announcement was made by Mark Ward, vice president acquisitions, Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, which premiered at SXSW '06 and has gone on to become a film festival darling garnering several awards, critical acclaim and a devout internet following, will mark the largest theatrical release thus far for Anchor Bay Entertainment, a leader in the horror genre, which is now part of Starz Media. The film is slated to open in the U.S. on Jan. 5, 2007.

Directed and produced by Glosserman from a script that David J. Stieve and he co-wrote, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon features break-out performances by up & comers Nathan Baesel (Invasion), who plays the lead character, and Angela Goethals (Spanglish, 24), and also stars international cult icon Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street, 2001 Maniacs), Scott Wilson (Junebug, The Last Samurai) and Zelda Rubinstein (Poltergeist I, II, & III, Sixteen Candles). The film was executive produced by Andrew Lewis and Code Entertainment's Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt and Eugene Musso. Stieve also served as co-producer. Glosserman is repped by Endeavor and Steve Crawford at Nine Yards Entertainment and Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon marks the first production from his company Glen Echo Entertainment.

"Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is a smart, affectionate tribute to the horror genre," commented Ward. "Scott Glosserman and company have made the next great American horror film, which is sure to resonate with fans of the genre, as well as a broad spectrum of moviegoers."

"Anchor Bay is the perfect home for Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon," said Glosserman. "They're passionate, innovative and have tremendous horror-branded street cred, and now that they're part of Starz Media, we have the benefit of a top multi-media company behind us."

Set in a world where Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees exist, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon introduces promising young psycho-slasher Leslie Vernon (Baesel), who aspires to follow in the footsteps of his legendary predecessors. A true self-promoter, Leslie gives documentary filmmaker Taylor Gentry (Goethals) and her crew exclusive access to his life as he plans and executes his epic reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo, all the while deconstructing the conventions and archetypes of the horror genre for them.