FSUSpiderFan wrote:Which means Leslie was never actually defeated.
As I understand it, yes.
He just arranged it so people would think he had died. Pretty smart...
Yes...and no. That's what actually works against him here in my opinion.
Looking at the psychology of the character it potentially be a weakness that can be exploited here. He fakes his death to give himself some mystique. He didn't do it to get away. He fully plans on continuing to kill. That goes back to the point I made earlier:
One last thing, because of Leslie Vernon's pyschology, he has to make himself operate within the conventions of the slasher/serial killer genre. Coventions like the virginal girl is his last target, he has to walk after his victims, etc.
Nightbreed wasn't a slasher film, and as such Doctor Decker operates outside of the rules that Vernon is used to seeing Jason and Freddy operate under in his world.
Decker won't attempt a staredown, or some sort of cinematic killer showdown that Leslie will be looking for. He'll just disembowel the misguided youth without any preamble.
In Vernon's world slashers and victims follow certain patterns. That's what he's used to. Nightbreed is not a slasher movie. It's a metaphor for societal outcasts like X-Men. Doctor Decker does not operate under the rules that Leslie Vernon is used to. I'm quite certain that will throw Vernon off.
I think my point about Decker exploiting Vernon's psychology still stands. The example of Vernon faking his death to enhance his mystique supports that.
And again, Vernon's one murderous rampage was in an environment where he had total control and had planned for every eventuality. Vernon does not have that here. On the other hand, Doctor Decker has "real"
experience against victims in all environments and situations.