Urban Legend

1998

Action / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

49
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 20%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 37%
IMDb Rating 5.5 10 52898

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Director

Cast

Jared Leto as Paul Gardener
Alicia Witt as Natalie Simon
Tara Reid as Sasha Thomas
Joshua Jackson as Damon Brooks
720p.BLU
757.83 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 39 min
P/S 5 / 21

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Xophianic 6 / 10

Yet another teen slasher movie, but this one better than some

This is yet another teen slasher movie, one of the many to have come out recently. I don't think this one quite ranks up to the SCREAM movies, but I think it was better than the I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER movies.

College student Natalie Simon, (Alicia Witt) mourning over the recent murder of an old friend, finds herself in great danger after a large number of students are being murdered. Each murder is performed in the style of an urban legend, which many of the kids know. Everyone is a suspect, including the best friend Brenda (Rebecca Gayheart), love interest Paul (Jared Leto) and friend/prankster Damon Brooks. (Joshua Jackson)

The premise of this movie is fairly cool, but the rest of the movie is basic slasher-movie type stuff. It's pretty predictable too, as are most movies like this one. The acting is not especially great, but some of it is fair. Alicia Witt does a good job as the star of this movie. Rebecca Gayheart probably does the best acting job of all, especially at the end.

Most all of the characters are boring and flat, aside from the main one. Many are simply there to get killed, and some that are more important are not as interesting. Still, this movie is better than I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER and probably worth a rent.

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.

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