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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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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. No one, including her friends, Wexler, Dean Adams and security guard, of course, believes her until it's too late. Now she finds that she and her friends are part of the killer's ultimate urban legend. Written by K. Wilson [edited for spoilers]

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What You Don't Believe Can Kill You. 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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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$38,048,637 (USA) (15 January 1999)
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Joshua Jackson (Damon Brooks) cranks his car before he takes Natalie to "that" spot in the woods; when it cranks the radio plays Paula Cole's "I Don't Want to Wait" from the TV show Dawson's Creek (1998) also starring Jackson. See more »

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After the killer falls through the window at the end of the film, Natalie and Paul are seen immediately driving away. However, if they had truly just unmasked a serial killer, they would be taken to a police station in order to provide witness statements. In addition to this, no-one seems to acknowledge that the killer has fled the scene after falling out the window. See more »

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Paul Gardener: Hey, how about some interviews? You know, students react to the tragedy on campus.
Brenda: Okay. I am saddened, and moved by the tragic...
Natalie: This was someone's life Paul. Did you even spend one minute thinking about that?
Paul Gardener: No, I didn't. But because of my story, three-thousand five-hundred students will. I think that's enough to help me sleep at night.
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A depiction of deadly events that happened to a friend of a friend of a relative's neighbour.
21 April 2011 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Urban Legend is highly derivative, highly implausible and full of stereotypes and overly complex death scenes. It's also highly entertaining from beginning to end and rattles along at such a pace that you can easily overlook it's many flaws for the duration.

At its very core you probably won't be at all surprised to know that Urban Legend is all about a killer killing people a la various urban legends. And that's the hook (pardon the pun) that makes the movie so much fun. It doesn't really matter how ridiculous the killer's motives are or how uncanny he/she seems to be at avoiding being caught, waiting to see the next attempted kill is always entertaining.

The bright, young cast are all very watchable people doing a good job with the material. Alicia Witt, Jared Leto, Rebecca Gayheart, Joshua Jackson, Michael Rosenbaum, Danielle Harris, Tara Reid, etc were all good names to use in the advertising of the movie at the time despite the mixed fortunes that the future would bring. With small, but decent, roles for Brad Dourif and Robert Englund this should appeal to fans of the genre. It's only really Loretta Devine's character that doesn't work but that's no fault of the actress, who acts gamely with what she's given and wrings some entertainment value from it.

The script, by Silvio Horta, is decent. A lot of the urban legends are referenced before appearing as death scenes or discussed afterwards, in light of the cause of death, and the characterisations are all fairly decent, if also a bit stereotypical at times (with the main offender being Tosh, the sullen goth character played by Danielle Harris).

Jamie Blanks does well in the director's chair (this was his feature debut, actually). The man has talent. I am one of the few who also enjoyed Valentine and I encourage all horror fans to check out Storm Warning, his little-known 2007 flick.

From an exciting opening sequence, that really puts a well-known urban legend up there in all it's clichéd glory, to a fast-paced and potentially grisly finale, Urban Legend races from set-piece to set-piece and keeps you so entertained that it's only after the credits roll that you start to pick apart every thread of it's frayed logic. It's got a fun, if predictable, punchline too. Great fun.


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