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A college student suspects a series of bizarre deaths are connected to certain urban legends.

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After a bravura opening sequence featuring Natasha Gregson Wagner getting slaughtered by the killer with an ax hiding in the backseat of her car, Urban Legend tells the story of a group of pretty college students at a remote New England university. The focus of the story is Natalie, a beautiful, academically-gifted student at the fictional Pendleton University. Natalie and her friends are all involved in the Folklore class being taught by Professor Wexler. Wexler regales his class with urban legends, which include Pendleton's own urban legend about a Psych professor who murdered six students at Stanley Hall 25 years ago. Natalie is the first one to suspect there's a killer on campus, especially after she has ties to all of the victims. First, it's her high school friend, a guy she's in the woods with at night, her roommate... No one, including her friends, Wexler, Dean Adams and security guard, of course, believes her until it's too late and everyone begins to die according to famous ... Written by K. Wilson

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At Pendelton Univ., Urban Legends are coming true! See more »


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Rated R for horror violence/gore, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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25 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£342,138 (UK) (26 February 1999)

Gross:

£1,146,110 (UK) (19 March 1999)
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The killers outfit is based on the fact that the film was originally planned to be set in the middle of winter. When the weather was too warm it was decided to drop the winter aspect of the storyline, rather than fake snow in all the outdoor scenes and dress all the extras in winter outfits, but they kept the killers costume. See more »

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While it was probably added for tension and to introduce a greater conflict, the dean's actions to both Paul and Natalie would likely have cost him his job. Her 'criminal record' -- clearly stated to have been an action in high school -- would have been cleared upon her 18th birthday and majority, as per juvenile offender regulations. The dean would have had some difficulty even discovering such information unless he had been looking specifically for it (and likely violating a number of laws), but in any case it not only would have put his position at risk, it also was utterly irrelevant to the allegations Natalie had brought against Wexler and may have been a violation of Natalie's rights. Another instance in the film where involvement of the authorities was conspicuously ignored and characters seemed to happily overlook the very obvious problem with the situation. See more »

Quotes

Brenda: [stabbing Natalie with the scalpel] Is this the kidney? Or is that the Liver? Oh, well. First organ I see, I'm just gonna grab it!
[Brenda digs the scalpel in deeper, but Reese bursts through the door with her gun aimed at Brenda]
Reese Wilson: Drop the weapon!
Brenda: [turns around and sees Reese] Oh great! Rent-a-cop to the rescue.
Reese Wilson: Move over the the window, now, you loony psycho bitch!
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Save Yourself
Written by Christopher Hall, Jim Sellers, Andy Kubiszewski, Walter Flakus, Marcus Eliopulos
Performed by Stabbing Westward
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Better than I expected
13 September 2003 | by (Calgary, Canada) – See all my reviews

I am so not into scary movies. The twists and turns of the story line were edge of the seat watchable. The ending was the best. I recommend this to intelligent movie goers. The murderer is not who you expected it be. As most thrillers, go. Why give up who the "bad guy" really is? The first true scary movie for me was Halloween when I was 13 years old. This one is no Halloween, but it was able to make me jump at the right times. We all know about those Urban Legends, but do we really believe them? Enjoy this movie, don't pick it apart.


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