Urban Legend 1998 R CC

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Urban legends, those contemporary macabre myths that have no traceable source yet they can't be proven false, come to terrifying life in this hip and fast-paced horror film. What you don't believe can kill you.

Jared Leto, Alicia Witt
1 hour, 40 minutes

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The acting was very good.
I think this one has better eye candy then UL2 which is probably the main reason why people watch movies like this...to see eye candy victims die.
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This has to be the best horror movie made during the post-"Scream" slasher revival.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Monty Moonlight VINE VOICE on August 17, 2002
Format: DVD
Ha ha! Well, Urban Legend is probably not exactly what most people would be looking for from a film with such a title. I happen to be a nut for "Urban Legends," and if you, like me, would prefer to see a film that is basically a group of people sitting around telling twisted tales about a friend of a friend, full of reenactments of the classic stories we all have heard before, then I recommend you pick up a copy of the film Campfire Tales, and The Big Book of Urban Legends, which is a graphic novel (comic book style) encyclopedia of sorts. But this is not to say that you should discount the film, "Urban Legend," completely. It's actually pretty good for recent teen slasher horror. Not on the level of Scream, but what film is?
Urban Legend is the tale of Natalie Simon (Alicia Witt), a young college student whose friends are slowly being picked off by a serial killer in the style of well known Urban Legends. The film is half slasher horror, half detective story, as Natalie and the school reporter, Paul, try their best to find out who's behind the killings and why. There are plenty of great scenes that actually DO reenact our favorite Urban Legends, like the opening scene that plays out the old "There's someone in the backseat!" story, to the awesome tune of "Total Eclipse of the Heart," (well, it's one of my faves anyway), and the scene where Joshua Jackson takes in the deadly mixture of pop rocks and soda. Toward the end, the film might stretch the climax a tad too long, but it's a lot of fun leading up to that point, and the final scene is a nice touch. Probably the only thing that really hurts this film is that most, if not all of the characters are less than likeable, even if a couple of the girls are pretty cute. And I Know What You Did Last Summer still holds the award for "cutest girls in a slasher film" as far as I'm concerned, but those characters were also unlikeable, and at least Urban Legend is a much better movie.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Meesha on September 16, 2004
Format: DVD
I had to look at this poster everyday I was at school, for 2+ years, as it was in my registration/art class for some reason. So I probably know the poster better than I do the film!

I love this movie. It starts off with a girl singing along (badly) to Total Eclipse Of The Heart, which is one of my fave songs ever since it was played at my uncle Malcolm's wedding. And it always makes me feel sad. Basically, you've got another slasher movie, cashing in on the success of I Know What You Did Last Summers and Screams, but bringing in a different concept. And that's always cool when they do that, rather than just churn out another slasher flick.

Plus, it has a fantastic cast. Brad Dourif (who's uncredited for some reason) plays a stuttering gas station attendant, much like his role in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, which was a good ting on the director's part, as he's instantly recognisable because of that. (He also does the voice of Chucky in the Child's Play movies) Also starring is your usual teen movies actors and actresses: Joshua Jackson (with a very bad dye job, and watch out for the bit where he starts the car, and the Dawson's Creek theme blasts out!), Alicia Witt, Jared Leto, Tara Reid and Rebecca Gayheart. Tara Reid is nothing special in this, although there's plenty of cleavage on show for the men in the audience, she basically plays a dumb blonde. Someone who can't be missed is Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund. He plays up his college professor role to the max, playing one of the main suspects in the killings.

However, there are some severe plotholes in this movie, particularly towards the end. Alicia Witt is stabbed very badly, and looks in pain, but as soon as she gets off the bed, she's fine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ari Weiss on October 30, 2001
Format: DVD
Urban Legend: rated R, 1 hour 40 minutes
The cast of Urban Legend is proficient, but not excellent. Rebecca Gayheart of (movie) "Scream 2," Alicia Witt of "Cybill," Jared Leto of "My So Called Life," Joshua Jackson of "Dawson's Creek," and John Neville of "The X-Files" give satisfactory performances, but none dare to be anything more than mediocre.
In the dramatic opening scene of the movie, a mysterious person in the backseat of the car beheads a college girl (Natasha Gregson Wagner). After many more college students and administrators are killed, it is later found out that the murderer at Pendleton University is mimicking the tales of commonly told Urban Legends. Excitement builds up as the audience anxiously awaits the moment in which the killer will finally be revealed.
Brutal killings including heinous decapitation and deathly asphyxiation occur frequently throughout Urban Legend. One almost grows accustomed to the gruesome sight of a human cadaver. At one point in the movie, a college student "gets a call coming from inside the house." "Scream" anyone? Of course after receiving the phone call, the young man within minutes dies an appalling death that should strike fear into the minds of any viewer. Believe it or not, on rare occasions, the audience is spared the display of what would have otherwise been a grotesque corpse.
Urban Legend is a suspenseful movie that contains an ample amount of homicides, executed with a mild quantity of gore. The ending is rather absurd, yet somehow awfully entertaining, as the entire movie could be described. It is terrifying fun at the cost of a clever plot. Well, you can't have it all.
Unintelligent, and purely enjoyable, Urban Legend, directed by Jamie Blanks, also starring Robert Englund and Loretta Devine, secures itself a B.
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