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Urban Legends Final Cut

Jennifer Morrison , Matthew Davis , John Ottman    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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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 what's so wrong with this movie? July 24 2007
By falcon
Format:DVD
not that much in my opinion.many people have given it a low rating,but i'm gonna buck the trend on this one.the only thing i can think of that might give this movie a lower rating than otherwise,is that the characters seem shallow and weaker written than the previous Urban Legend movie. i felt that at first.but somewhere along the line that feeling disappears.so maybe the characters change subtly yet in a short period of time.to me,this is a sign of good writing.the movie is not as original as its predecessor,but it is still compelling and engaging.besides,what looks like borrowing form other movies,to me,is an homage to those movie,a sort of nod of respect.and there is no blatant copying that i could see.i also think the movie is maybe a bit more creepy and eerie that the first one.like the first one,it is also unpredictable,with a slew of suspicious characters who all have compelling motives to be the killer.i didn't know for sure who the killer was.the only time you could eliminate a suspect is when they have been killed.i really enjoyed this movie.for me "Urban Legends:Final Cut" is a 4.65/5
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2.0 out of 5 stars legends gone WRONG! July 8 2004
Format:DVD
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. not a good example of a slasher film. hell i wouldnt even call it that. its more of a pathedic mystery rather than horror. the only thing thats good about this is the killers costume is cool and hot eva mendez is a lesbian in this. to bad she dies. hell shes not the only one. this whole movie looks as if it was picked up as road kill and then got some cheap thrills added into it. in my opinion it made it even worse. completely flat and dead.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster Sequel May 26 2004
Format:DVD
Urban Legends 2 takes place at a film school in which people are being murdered. This film fails on many levels. First, the thing that made the first film unique (having people die according to urban legends) doesn't happen that often in the film. It's done a couple of times but then the film just resorts to standard slasher movie attacks. Second, there are weak plot points that pop up from the unbelievable "twin" of a suicide victim and the fact that no one seems to want to track down people who have vanished. (For example, the heroine sees someone being murdered on a surveillance camera but looses the video tape evidence after being pursued by the killer. One would think that the campus security guard after having lived through some murders before would at least try to track down the person supposedly killed or investigate the scene of the alleged crime. She doesn't do either. She doesn't even deem it necessary to call the police to investigate the heroine's claim of being chased.) There's no way to guess who the killer is since there are no clues dropped along the way. About the only perk is at the very end of the film which I won't reveal, but it hardly makes up for the previous 86 minutes
If you like urban legends or a fairly good horror film, get the first Urban Legends movie and leave this one alone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What the HELL? May 15 2004
Format:VHS Tape
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. I absolutely hated this movie, and I would give it zero stars if I could because that's exactly what it deserves. Some movies just don't need a sequel, and this movie is one of those films. Afterall, it's not like the first "Urban Legend" was Academy Award winning material, but I thought it was innovative at the time at least if nothing else. However, this sequel stinks, and hopefully they will be smart enough to go ahead and kill the franchise before it gets started. I would really hate to see an "Urban Legend 3 After the Final Cut".
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1.0 out of 5 stars Far From a Legendary Movie April 4 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Do we really need another teen-slasher flick after dozens of "Scream" copycapts produced in the mid-to-late-nineties?? If we do, they better be more interesting than this tepid and predictable cinematic experience. Apart from the mildly engaging beginning and a somewhat decent ending (the scene with the multiple guns in particular), "Urban Legends - Final Cut" is nothing more than a sequence of tired and unengaging cliches. The acting is wooden and souless (the lead actress is competent, though), the direction lacks punch and the plot offers few surprises. This movie is disposable, unconvincing and tries to seem smarter than it really is (with all those pseudo-intellectual cinematic references to make it clever and hip).
A waste of time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not good March 10 2004
Format:DVD
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 the film it just gets worse and the ending is stupid. It leaves you saying is that it? It revolves around university students who are trying to get an acting award and all these deaths start occuring. It does keep you guessing until the end about who the killer is but the killer isnt even scary and wears a fencing mask and the story is lame/not well acted.I watched this 2 or 3 times and it dosent get better as you watch it gets worse every time. I wouldnt recomend this to anyone. Go watch the first one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid slasher, wrong series?
Solid slasher, wrong series?
This film was panned by many, yet for a genre film I think it's a lot better than the original Urban Legend. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by N. P. Stathoulopoulos
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad....
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 more
Published on Dec 7 2003 by camp_kill_myself
4.0 out of 5 stars Legends Never Die
I saw the Urban Legend a couple of years ago, and I only just saw Urban Legends: Final Cut. I thought it was pretty good for a sequel, and you don't NEED to see the first one to... Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad but not as good as the first
It may be trash but it isn't a rotten one. Score: 65/100
Published on May 17 2003 by edward
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire
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 more
Published on April 8 2003 by Mr. B. G. Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars much better than the reviews make it out to be!
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 more
Published on Feb. 26 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars "Urban Legends... Better be the Final Cut"
This is an incredible, yet terrible sequel to "Urban Legend." How does the story involve urban legends anyway? Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2003 by Timotee
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