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
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 by "ericswrongturn"
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