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Behind the Mask(1990)

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  • Behind the Mask

    • Donna Johnson
    • 4/2/11

    Behind the Mask, is a compelling action-thriller written, produced and directed by Warren Chaney. The film's lead character portrayed by Roy Wilson is known only as The Mask. Wilson handles the adventurous role splendidly, if not romantically. He gives an emotionally moving performance during the closing scenes that one seldom finds in this genre. Opposite him is screen actress Deborah Winters as FBI Agent Annie Strayton. Winters' character is a forerunner of the tough woman roles that are popular in films today. Her no-nonsense demeanor is striking in the manner in which she underplays the role. The two screen heavies are outstanding as are the film's leads. Steve Word is evil incarnate as The Octopus, also masked and identity unknown. He plays two roles in the picture and carries off each without the viewer having a hint that one is the other. Complementing Word's performance is that of Luis Lemus who portrays the Octopus' henchman. Lemus is so good that were it not for Winters' and Word's performance, he might well have stolen the show. He is both evil and funny which gives the viewer the creeps.Production values are very high. Scorer Ted Mason's gripping music accentuates the mystery that surrounds the entire story. The Mask's vehicle steals many of the scenes. It is sleek, black and beautiful. The car built for the production, is loaded with gimmicks. Craig Bailey's Camera work is excellent as is team Melissa and Phillip Nichols' wardrobe and makeup. Bailey keeps the scenes dark, brooding and mysterious which is perfect for this type of film.Chaney's direction is low key but dramatic. He can obviously direct a story as well as write one. Special mention must be made of the superb stunt work coordination by David Sanders. This reviewer has never seen so many stunts so well executed in any film.This was the first cliffhanger produced since 1956, which adds historical significance to its production. It is not one to miss.

  • Behind the Mask

    • John Macken
    • 2/7/11

    BEHIND THE MASK is a 6-Chapter Adventure Serial, the first chapter-play production in nearly 40 years. Its exploits involve an unknown hero, concealing his identity as "The Mask." His nemesis, "The Octopus" is also unknown. The hero and villain suspects center around a group of scientists who are being systematically killed one by one. Filmed in 3-D, its action/adventure sequences match with best of this genre genre. The acting and directing are topnotch. The film stars Steve Word, Roy Allan Wilson, John Swayze and Deborah Winters, reprising an earlier television role as FBI Agent Annie Stratten. The film's production values are outstanding and the film's storyline is both unique and fascinating. The cinematography and music are gripping as are the extraordinarily well directed and choreographed stunt scenes. The script is extremely clever and well-written concealing the identity of the film's hero to the last minute and then still leaving an audience to wonder. Each Chapter of this production ends in a cliffhanger. Film history is replete with cliffhanger cheats but not here. The director plays fair, giving the audience continuing clues right up until the end. The picture's final scene sets the audience up for a sting and then delivers it. BEHIND THE MASK is fun, well directed, and cleverly imaginative.

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