Urban Legend


Action / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 20%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 37%
IMDb Rating 5.5 10 51850


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Jared Leto as Paul Gardener
Alicia Witt as Natalie Simon
Tara Reid as Sasha Thomas
Joshua Jackson as Damon Brooks
757.83 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 39 min
P/S 10 / 21

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by a-drivers-moon 9 / 10

Great Fun. A 90s Slasher That Has Aged Well.

Urban Legend is a movie that knows exactly what it is and what it wants to be. It's full of clichés and false jump scares, but they're pulled off by people who love clichés and jump scares. People tried so hard to compare this to Scream when it was released, but this proudly stands beside the very same type of movie that Scream was lampooning. Now that it's been nearly 20 years since its release it's easier to separate it from Scream and judge it as a straightforward slasher. Everything you love about 80s slashers is here, but with greater production values, and a greater reverence for the slasher movie rulebook.

It's the type of movie that telegraphs every kill so obviously that you're not dreading who might get offed next, but rather eagerly anticipating the method of their death. It's the type of movie that casts Tara Reid as the busty blonde and then shoots close-ups of her cleavage when she runs. It's the type of movie that casts horror vets like Brad Dourif and Robert Englund as red herrings. It's the type of movie that features the killer's motive explained through slide show projector. Let's just say that it knows the slasher rulebook, and then excitedly checks off the list.

One thing that might detract this movie's value for 80s slasher fans is the lack of nudity and gore. The 90s slashers filled their casts with genuine teen stars rather than unknowns looking for a big break and therefore they were less willing to risk scandalizing their audience. It's a shame because it's the one aspect of this movie that feels tame and dated, but other than that, it's a fun ride and a blast to watch with some friends.

Reviewed by nightwishouge 6 / 10

Moments of cleverness, but clichés abound

I started my journey as a horror fan in the late '90s, during the post-Scream slasher revival, so I have a nostalgic affection for these films. I've been revisiting a few of them this October to get into the proper Halloween spirit, and I must admit that they don't hold up all that well, though I'm not entirely surprised by that.

Urban Legend has as its center gimmick the conceit that a killer stalking a college campus is utilizing urban legends (hence the title) to dispatch of clueless coeds. This leads to a few fun set pieces that function as sort of a Rogues' Gallery of so many of the myths you remember reading about on Snopes. Unfortunately, the urban legend that most frightened me as a child--the one about the girl cowering in her dorm room as someone scratches aggressively at her door, only to discover in the morning that it was her mortally wounded roommate attempting to secure help after being attacked by an escaped maniac--is nowhere to be found.

The writing is pretty clunky. All the characters are archetypes (the Frat Boy, the Prankster, the Supportive but Nondescript Best Friend, and, of course, the Virginal Heroine) and they constantly spew Kevin-Williamson-esque "hip" dialogue replete with pop culture references and colorful epithets. Everybody spends a good deal of time gaslighting the Virginal Heroine for absolutely no reason and very little makes sense. The direction, by the same token, is competent but never steers away from the ridiculousness of the premise (the killer's schemes to reenact the urban legends are awfully contingent on coincidence and luck). There's no shortage of unintentionally hilarious moments.

At the same time, it's never boring, nor does it ever become too insulting to your intelligence (which is to say, it is insulting to your intelligence, but just insulting enough, I suppose). And the cast is good, doing what they can with the flat material they're given. Look for fun cameos by horror veterans Robert "Freddy Krueger" Englund, Brad "Chucky" Dourif, and Danielle Harris of Halloween 4 fame as the raging Goth queen, whom we know we are meant to condemn in our hearts because she is so crazy she has to take--gasp!--Lithium.

Reviewed by TheBlueHairedLawyer 7 / 10

A celebration of every trope in the slasher genre

Urban Legend is nothing we all haven't seen before. It has elements of earlier films such as 'Candyman', 'My Bloody Valentine', 'When A Stranger Calls', 'Halloween', 'Sleepaway Camp' and 'Prom Night', just to name a few. That being said, while perhaps not very original, this late 1990's slasher picture has some funny and genuinely well-acted scenes, although I have to say personally that the protagonists were boring and forgettable, whereas the background cast of possible villains who may be perpetrating the campus crimes are the real stars of the story. Speaking of the story, it's very basic and straightforward: a university, which was once the site of a grisly massacre in the early seventies which has more or less become the school's urban myth, ends up subjected to even more killings by an unknown madman (or madwoman, nobody knows because the murderer's face is always concealed by a ratty old parka). Natalie Simon, a young student at the university, isn't sure what's real and what isn't anymore. As she tracks down the apparent killer only to find each suspect ending up dead in the end, this turns what might have been just another repeat slasher film into a very compelling and surprisingly well-built mystery.

I would say that the absolute best of the cast undoubtedly are Robin Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) as the eccentric folklore professor William Wexler, Julian Richings (Hard Core Logo, Patch Town) as the mournful-looking albeit creepy-as-hell school caretaker, name unknown, and of course Loretta Devine (I Am Sam) as Reese, the school's strict security guard who secretly acts out film roles in her own office when nobody is looking. These three of the cast are totally unforgettable during their unfortunately small on-screen presences. Sadly most of the rest of the cast play roles which are neither memorable nor original. This may of course have been a plot device used to reflect another trope in the slasher genre (they're your run-of-the-mill preppy students, the jock, the goth, the party animal, the virgin, the queen bee and so-on), but instead of high school students, they're in university. The acting there is okay I suppose, but still not noticeable as anything worthwhile or special.

As much as this film celebrates the slasher genre, more than anything else it is a testament to all those familiar old urban legends, from the infamous "High Beams" story, to the "Baby Alligators in the Toilet" one. The legends featured are mostly American but I'm sure most Canadians and Brits, as well as quite a lot of an international audience, will still completely understand these many references. The film itself is actually Canadian and not only does it feature a lot of talented Canadian actors, but it also has some of Toronto's most famously eerie film scenery, including but not limited to Unwin Avenue (the rickety bridge), which was also the location of 'Welcome to Dead House', 'The Colony' and 'Skinwalkers'.

Overall, this film might not impress many veteran slasher fans, but most viewers will definitely get a kick out of it and enjoy the story all the same. Also it's a good way to introduce people to the slasher genre since it is basically an embodiment of the whole genre in its most obvious form.

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