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Urban Legend (1998)

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

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Release Date:

25 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Urban Legends  »

Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,515,444 (USA) (25 September 1998)


£1,146,110 (UK) (19 March 1999)

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Brad Dourif, the actor who plays the stuttering gas station attendant at the beginning of the film, played the role of Billy Bibbit, who also had a speech impediment, in the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). See more »


Pouring rain falls when Paul, Natalie and Brenda leave campus and then stop at gas station. But few minutes later when Natalie and Brenda run from gas station in the forest grass, shrubs and trees are absolutely dry. See more »


Reese Wilson: You mind telling me what the hell you're on?
Natalie: Nothing! Reese I'm telling you the truth, it was right here... the car was...
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Reese Wilson: That's impossible, baby, the police arrested that gas station attendant this afternoon.
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Not Bad, but too predictable...
5 October 1998 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, Urban Legend suffers from a rather disjointed plot, and the fact that as a pseudo-mystery, they've eliminated most of the suspects by the end of the movie, so you pretty much know who is responsible. The murderer displays all the qualities of a more supernatural killer like Jason or Michael Myers, such as superhuman strength and the ability to be everywhere the plot requires him to be (like being across campus within minutes of each murder). Signposting some of the urban legends would have been helpful (there's a urban legend about a DJ being killed on the air and people thinking it was a hoax???). The cast is likable enough, but only Loretta Devine really stands out. The movie could as easily have been called "Horror Movie Cliche" as "Urban Legend" (or was that subtitle spoken for by Scream?). There are a few cute in-jokes (yes, one of the actresses was in a Noxema commercial). It's generally an entertaining way to waste a couple of hours if you're a horror-slasher fan.

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