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Urban Legend (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray]
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Release Date: 22-JUL-2008
Media Type: Blu-Ray
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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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If you really want to appreciate Jared Leto and Alicia Witt, you better watch "Fight Club", "Requiem for a Dream" and "Cecil B. Demented". Forget about Blanks and the other actors.
I've definitely seen worse thrillers, so this one isn't the dud some critics assert.
The setting is the fictional New England campus of Pendleton University. The trouble begins as a young woman is driving home one rainy night and is decapitated by an ax-murderer from her back seat; at the same time Professor Wexler (Robert Englund of Nightmare on Elm Street slasher fame) is starting his course on urban legends. He explains the history of them as though they trace back to our very roots as a people in the brave new world, though they really reflect the modern zeitgeist of shock, told by the party raconteur. His explanations are laughed at until the bodies start piling up.
The murders continue on campus until only two of our lovely young group are left; though you didn't hear that from me. They are carried out gruesomely and the clues lead the viewer astray at every turn. This crowd is not interested in true mystery. They are the creators who don't obey the rules they set forth in the world they created and, presumably, no one minds. The rule of thumb for a comedy is simply "was it funny?" so then the rule for these hip horrors should be, "was it scary?" The short answer is no.Read more ›
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Excellent quality, shipped in half the time it said it would and was packaged safe and secure. Would definitely buy from this seller again.Published on Oct. 14 2011 by Heidi Leigh
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! Read morePublished on March 29 2006
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!!!!!Published on July 8 2004
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... Read morePublished on June 12 2004
Director: Jamie Blanks
Cast: Alicia Witt, Jared Leto, Rebecca Gayheart, Joshua Jackson, Tara Reid, Robert Englund.
Running Time: 108 minutes. Read more