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Urban Legend (1998)

Jared Leto , Alicia Witt , Jamie Blanks  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, Michael Rosenbaum, Loretta Devine
  • Directors: Jamie Blanks
  • Writers: Silvio Horta
  • Producers: Brad Luff, Brian Leslie Parker, Gina Matthews, Michael McDonnell, Neal H. Moritz
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Anamorphic, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 1999
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767824954
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,559 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Urban Legend" on IMDb

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  • "Making-of" featurette

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The call is coming from inside the house 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
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These two go together like spaghetti and meatballs February 15, 2001
Format:DVD
Urban Legend: Awsome opening scene! this movie is clever, interesting and damn good. Urban Legends: Final Cut: Gory, detailed, amusing. I don't want this review to be long and boring so in three words Just Buy It!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"Urban Legend" is similar to the movie "Scream". Both movies are pretty good "whodunnit" slashers that contain classic slasher movie twists. "Urban Legend" is about a group of students at a college where a terrible murder took place about twenty-five years ago. Our brilliant little students start getting killed off one by one by a killer using every slasher cliche imaginable, thus the name "Urban Legend". There are plenty of "red herrings" to go around in this flick to keep the audience guessing, and everything goes fairly well until the unrealistic conclusion where everything is supposedly revealed.

Indeed, like "Scream", the problem with "Urban Legend" is the ridiculous ending when the killer is actually revealed, although I did find "Scream" to be better simply because it was more intricate and had better acting, but that's not saying much. When the killer is revealed and the ending begins to take form, the movie comes off rather ridiculous and lacking in credibility. As with "Scream", the ending of "Urban Legend" brings this movie down quite a few notches, not that it was that good to begin with. Acting, directing and production values are decent for this type of flick. "Urban Legend" does have some entertainment value for its typical slasher format and mystery killer, but it's not a good horror movie. However, if you like modern slashers, it might be worth a rent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars awexome movie
I have always loved slasher movies. I love the corny moments and not so great acting. Grew up with slashers and they have a special place with me.
Published 21 days ago by eric
5.0 out of 5 stars She will love it
This was purchased as a gift for my daughter. She will be happy to have this in her personal library.
Published 1 month ago by Sherrill M. Meeks
5.0 out of 5 stars LEGEND
NOT A BAD MOVIE, IT WILL KEEP YOU GUESING WHO IS THE KILLER. THE COLORS IN THIS FILM ARE PERFECT, THE LOCATION IS BEAUTIFUL, AND THE ACTING IS PRETTY DARN GOOD. Read more
Published 2 months ago by PAUL JR.
5.0 out of 5 stars THank YOu
Movie was delivered before the due date, it has a couple of skips on it, but other than that plays pretty good.\
Published 6 months ago by MRS.BROCK
3.0 out of 5 stars Was expecting more
It was an alright movie, liked the concept just wish they had did more. If you are in the mood for a cleaver horror movie it is worth the money.
Published 8 months ago by Angelica Cruz
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Legend (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray]
Urban Legend is a great movie. Ideal to enjoy blu ray, with the best quality of picture and sound. It is a superb slasher movie that came after the renewal of the genre post the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Leonardo Agustin Barone
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Legend
I love having this movie on the Kindle so I can watch it anywhere. I have watched it many many times.
Published 10 months ago by Loretta
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
Don't know, it's fluffy and outdated, but was more interesting back in the day.

I enjoyed some of the actor's enthusiasm
Published 11 months ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Post Scream Slasher Film of the 90s
I am a hardcore slasher movie fan. I remember when Scream redefined the genre in 1996 many other slashers started appearing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Cagneyfan67
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
This is a good movie with a star packed cast. With many twists and turns you never know what is going to happen next. Love It
Published 13 months ago by MelvinM
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