Urban Legends: Final Cut [Import]
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
Top Customer Reviews
If you like urban legends or a fairly good horror film, get the first Urban Legends movie and leave this one alone.
This film was panned by many, yet for a genre film I think it's a lot better than the original Urban Legend.
A film school class are all competing for the prestigious Hitchcock Award, which is regarded as a golden key to Hollywood for the student who wins it. However, when the cast and crew of a coveted student film begin dying, and someone switches the film on the credits, it's clear that someone wants the award very, very badly.
Admittedly, the final payoff--the identity of the killer and his plan--doesn't make the most sense. (How would the killer honestly expect to get away with it?) However, a few elements made it very entertaining. One is the film within a film setup, and the numerous references to film. This is not the same thread that ran through the Scream series, though. The characters here are less aware of the conventions of the slasher film, and the murders are not always the typical " 'Are you there?' [splat!] " setup.
The only element, strangely enough, that the original Urban Legend has over The Final Cut is the urban legend piece itself. There aren't enough famous urban legends left to use in this one since many--the killer in the backseat, the killer calling from inside the house, the killer in the dark room--were used in the original. The Final Cut does have the 'waking up in a bathtub full of ice cubes to find your kidneys missing' one. That shows up here in a very bloody, demented, and tense scene early on. It was stylish and twisted, and a good slasher kill. Other than that, yes, people die, but not in 'urbgan legend' ways. Which is fine, because the body count is decent, and the killer sports a much snappier gettup than the original film's 'massive parka-clad slasher'.Read more ›
Basic plot line: A girl named Amy has decided to do her College Thesis Film on Urban Legends, after hte idea was planted in her head by security cop Reese, who was one of the survivors from the first, played by Loretta Devine.
After the school's star pupil Travis is found dead, everyone assumes it was suicide. But after Amy and her film crew see soemone else's film, which shows one of the actors in Amy's movie getting horribly stabbed, Amy begins to get a little worried. After seeing her Director of Photography die on CCTV, Amy realises that the movie she had seen was in fact a snuff movie, she and Travis' twin Trevor begin to investigate. Soon, more and more of the crew die and the movie comes to the end, where there is a chilling shot of UL2's killer in a Mental Institution, being pushed in a wheel-chair by the killer from Urban Legend, who of course, was still alive.
The music was excellent, acting average, and some of the dialogue just didn't sound like the language students at a College would use.
Overall, I recommend to see both Urban Legend and Urban Legends: Final Cut, and see which one you like better for yourself.
Most recent customer reviews
this 1 was nowhere close to being as good and original than the original. it barely even uses any legends what so ever to kill someone. not scary not even funny. Read morePublished on July 8 2004
If I had the choice of picking up a hard rock and bashing my head in, I would find the biggest boulder I could and bash away at my skull. Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by LadyLestat
Do we really need another teen-slasher flick after dozens of "Scream" copycapts produced in the mid-to-late-nineties?? Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by gonn1000
The first urban legend was pretty good decent horror film but this sequal just sucks. The begining of the film is ok and you think it might be good but then as it gets further into... Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by Amy Lynn
After watching this for the first time I didn't like it. But after watching it again and paying attention to what's going on, I enjoyed this film. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by camp_kill_myself
Any attempt to follow up one of the worst of the post-Scream bunch of smirkingly ironic teen horror flicks, Urban Legend, was going to be viewed with a bit of scepticism. Read morePublished on April 8 2003 by Mr. B. G. Fowler
I saw this movie when it first came out, and got the DVD as soon as that came out. The movie is very suspensful and cleverly thought out, and I just love the characters. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2003