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Urban Legend (1998)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  25 September 1998 (USA)
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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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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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

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£1,146,110 (UK) (19 March 1999)
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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 »

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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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