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Mr. Leonard "Leo" Marliston is the main antagonist of the 2000 slasher film Cherry Falls. He is a local high school teacher in the town of Cherry Falls, Virginia who targets his students, including his half-sister Jody Marken.

He was portrayed by Jay Mohr, who also played Mack McCro in The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue.


Leo's mother Lora Lee Sherman was a high school loner who was raped by four guys including Brent Marken (who would later grow to become Jody's father and the local town Sherrif) which results in her being pregnant and gave birth to Leonard. Lora become an abusive alcoholic, which caused Leonard to grow up hating his hometown of Cherry Falls. He began dressing in clothes and a wig to resemble his mother and started to kill the towns teenage virgins. He ultimately planned for the towns virgins to have a mass orgy to spare themselves, thereby getting revenge on the town by robbing the very people who wronged his mother by taking away the innocence of their children. 

In the end, Leonard was killed by Deputy Sheriff Mina after Jody pushed him into impaled on fence posts for killing their father.



  • He was similar to Roman Bridger who was born from rape and he was a half-brother to the main character.
  • He also bears some similarities to Norman Bates, as both were raised by abusive mothers and both dressed up like them to commit murders.
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