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Urban Legend/Urban Legends: Final Cut

Jared Leto , Alicia Witt , Jamie Blanks , John Ottman    DVD
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Urban Legend
An attractive young woman is driving her car on a dark country road and singing along to the radio. She's running out of gas and so she pulls into a gas station (run by a jittery, stuttering Brad Dourif), but then flees what seems to be an attack, only to find the real threat in her backseat: a hooded killer with an ax who takes her head off with a well-aimed swing. You've heard the story before? Not surprising, given that it's one of the more famous urban legends borrowed for Urban Legend, a post-Scream exercise in self-referential horror. The students at an ivy-covered New England college are turning up dead, the victims of a serial killer who murders in the fashion of the "apocryphal" modern myths. It's all for the benefit of good girl with a dark secret Alicia Witt, the sole witness to most of the killings. Doe-eyed Rebecca Gayheart, as her gullible best friend, and Jared Leto, the ambitious campus journalist who tracks down the secret that hangs over the school, lead a cast of pretty young women, hunky guys, and campus characters, notably the suspicious professor Robert Englund, a genre legend in his own right as the star of seven Nightmare on Elm Street films. Take away the cheeky remarks and self-awareness and it's a throwback to the 1970s' rash of teen slasher movies, where sexually active teens are sliced, diced, and otherwise slaughtered in elaborate and ingenious ways. The increasingly preposterous film is no Scream, but the modestly stylish production has its moments. --Sean Axmaker

Urban Legends: Final Cut
While Urban Legends: Final Cut is not nearly as terrifying or inventive as some of its predecessors, the film does offer up a fairly suspenseful whodunit that fans of the teen horror genre will likely appreciate. Amy Mayfield, the film's heroine (played by fresh-faced Jennifer Morrison), is the daughter of an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker trying to make a name for herself at Alpine University, "the greatest film school that ever existed." Along with several other students she is competing for the coveted Hitchcock award, which virtually guarantees the winner a successful career in Hollywood. When the film school's resident genius and likely winner of the award is found dead, suspicions arise. As other film students are killed off one by one, everyone becomes a suspect. Would someone kill to win the prestigious award? While striving to be Hitchcockian in theme (as evidenced by its multiple references to the director himself), the film never quite moves beyond cliché. Many scenes are a little too reminiscent of other popular teen horror flicks like Scream (the anonymous masked killer, though not nearly as frightening), The Blair Witch Project (Amy is chased through desolate woods by her stalker), and Friday the 13th (Amy hides from the killer in a lake setting eerily similar to the one where Jason died so many years ago). These elements seem just a little worn out. Morrison gives a serviceable performance, and Loretta Devine, from the original Urban Legend, adds humor as a Foxy Brown-worshiping security guard. The film manages to keep you guessing until its conclusion, and a sequence set in an abandoned amusement park is truly creepy. But ultimately Urban Legends: Final Cut lacks the originality to make a name for itself among the many films of its genre. --Mindy Ruehmann


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5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Legend on DVD Oct. 14 2011
Format:DVD
Excellent quality, shipped in half the time it said it would and was packaged safe and secure. Would definitely buy from this seller again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best in the horror genre July 24 2007
By falcon
Format:DVD
this movie,is in my mind,one of the better of the horror genre.it has a clever premise.the characters are well written and strong.there are a lot of potential suspects that could be the killer,and they all have compelling motives.the movie may not be wholly original,but it think its basic premise is.i also found it unpredictable.i had no idea for sure who the killer might be.and i think the movie is tightly written enough that it doesn't give you any clear idea who the killer is.i'm certain there are inconsistencies and tiny plot holes,and i mean tiny.not even holes really.more like little divetts.unless you're looking for things wrong with the movie,i don't think you'll find them.if a movie has blatant holes and absurd leaps of logic,that's one thing.i don't think this movie does.if you just let it engage you,it will.for me,"Urban Legend" is a 5/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, original movie March 29 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I only watched this movie because Jared Leto was in it, I was surprised. I mean, I figured he was the main character, and he was hardly in it! The acting is really good though! Tara Reid sucks, though. I was afraid she would ruin this movie for me, ('cause her apalling acting skills ruined Van Wilder for me, and American Pie too) but, she didn't. I think since she gets hacked up with an axe it made the movie good. The twist at the end is great! Half way through the movie you think you know who the killer is, but then you think it's someone else, then you find out who it is, and it's one of the people you would least except! All in all, this movie is a good slasher movie, not too scary, but a good, original story and good actors (except Tara Reid)
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4.0 out of 5 stars legends that kick ass July 8 2004
Format:DVD
this was cool. a killer hackin off people by urban legends..........how original. great slasher movie one of the better ones. and tara reid in it!!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars eh June 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I saw this movie on TV the other day and, honestly, the movie has potential to be a kinda good scary movie but the low mentality of these students that we were supposed to believe were in college shocked me. I've known 5th graders that are more intelligent than the young adults portrayed in this movie!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Urban Legend (1998) May 22 2004
Format:DVD
Director: Jamie Blanks
Cast: Alicia Witt, Jared Leto, Rebecca Gayheart, Joshua Jackson, Tara Reid, Robert Englund.
Running Time: 108 minutes.
Rated R for violence, gore, language, and mild sexual situations.
With the success of "Scream" (1996) and "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997), director Jamie Blanks cashes in on this second wave of slasher-hyseria with this slick, innovative angle towards the genre. The opening scene sets the tone for the entire film: a lone traveling college woman stops at a gas station to fill up, only to be harrassed by the sales clerk. Little does she know that the clerk is only struggling to warn her about the murderous maniac wielding an axe is hiding in her back seat.
This, of course, is an urband legend that has been passed down from generation to generation. Alicia Witt stars as a normal student adjusting to college life, only to have her friends being knocked off by a killer in strange fashion--all die similarly to famous urban legends. With the help from the sly journalist Leto, they attempt to track down the killer before it is too late.
Certainly a film that is better than expected, with an intense, smart script and suitable acting. Blanks does a fine job using certain camera angles and shots to portray the killer as mysterious and unknown. Look for Robert Englund, who plays Freddy Krueger in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" films, in a brief cameo as a college professor--he is almost as scary in this flick as his others. Rivals both "Scream" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer" in style and authenticity.
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The string of teen horror flicks was revived with the wonderful Scream. It was then followed up with I Know What You Did Last Summer. Then along comes Urban Legend. This film takes everything you learned from Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, and turns it into the completely predictable piece of film trash. You can figure out who the villain is, who he/she will kill and even how they are gonna bite it. The film is okay to watch if you are a fan of horror, but do not expect Halloween standards. The only thing good about this film were that a few of the scenes were inventive, but still predictable. Don't see this film, watch Scream instead.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, Predictable and Pointless March 23 2004
By snalen
Format:DVD
It's all set on some leafy college campus in New Hampshire. Professor William Wexler (Robert Englund) lectures on modern folklore and urban legends. The trouble starts when someone begins bumping off the students in the manner of these same urban legends. Can our heroine Natalie (Alicia Witt) figure out who it is before she becomes another victim? Can her friends help her? Or is one of them the killer? Or is it the weird janitor guy? Or maybe the Dean? Or Wexler himself...?
In fact it's extremely difficult, watching this, to give a toss who it is. It's one of the dullest, most mechanical, most derivative, least frightening horror movies I've seen recently. The plot, first of all, is a straight rip-off from the 'Scream' franchise, a plot line Craven has already done so thoroughly to death the last thing anyone needs is a retread anytime soon. The only twist is the urban legend angle which is also of course pinched from assorted other movies, most notably 'Candyman'. And most of the urban legends the film invokes are again just a set of horror movie clichés swiped from films like 'When a Stranger Calls' and 'Candyman' itself.
There are various tricks a director can use to keep an audience on edge during the bits of a movie when nothing genuinely scary is going on. A favourite one is this. Character X is wandering round alone and gets a terrible fright when they meet someone unexpectedly. Stick a sudden loud discordant chord onto the soundtrack and you give the audience a fright too. But then it turns out only to be Character Y and nothing to be frightened of. Many horror films have been known to use this little tease to make us jump. Jamie Blanks, the director of this film uses it very early on. And then he uses it again. And again. And again.
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