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The call is coming from inside the house,
This review is from: Urban Legend (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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Initial post: Nov 22, 2009 6:00:14 AM PST
John Lindsey says:
I think this was a fair 90's slasher movie but no slasher movie of that time can hold a candle to "Scream" or even "Candyman". Robert Englund's and Brad Douriff's appearences are quite amusing since they are both Freddy and Chucky.
So this is one of the best slasher flicks you've seen eh? along with Halloween, Scream, Laid to Rest or The Burning?
Well i think this movie is more like the 1974 horror masterpiece "Black Christmas" then "Scream".
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2010 10:37:30 AM PST
Monty Moonlight says:
I don't know if this is one of the best slasher films I've seen, but I do like it quite a bit. Wrote this review many years ago though, ha. I haven't even seen the film in quite some time. Need to rewatch it. I suppose I do like it as much as Halloween and the others you mentioned though, since I love the subject matter of urban legends.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2010 3:55:39 PM PST
John Lindsey says:
What about Black Christmas or Nightmare on Elm Street?
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