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Urban Legend (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray]

3.6 out of 5 stars 255 customer reviews

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  • Language: English, Portuguese, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 255 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0018CWWCI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,079 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Genre: Suspense
Rating: R
Release Date: 22-JUL-2008
Media Type: Blu-Ray

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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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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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After screenwriter Kevin "Scream" Williamson, another young slasher fan enters the world of cinema, this time as a director. The result is of course one more slasher - besides, John Carpenter is Jamie Blanks' main influence and source of inspiration (especially "Halloween", which created the slasher fashion). The starting idea is quite good (another serial killer, without a face, this time inspired by urban legends), but, even if you won't be able to forget about "Se7en" and the capital sins, we were allowed to expect a little better treatment. Blanks' mistake was that he took too many sequences from "Halloween": the dead girl on the bed, and the boy hung in the closet, for instance. All those references to one single classic made "Urban Legend" a too unpersonal and frustrating film to be really appreciated and valued. Add to it the female D.J. character, very inspired by the one in John Carpenter's "The Fog", even if this time the girl is much younger and talks only about sex, a directing targeting mostly the young audience, in the "Scream" way, and the killer - a woman! - finally showed and uselessly explaining himself like in "Scream" and sequels. The actors are too young - as usual now, in U.S. horror movies produced these days -, the plot is surpriseless and no good (in any case, far from being as good as we want to say), the ending is pitiful (of course, the killer is not dead!), made only for the purpose of a sequel, and the worst thing is, we ain't scared at all. Jamie Blanks' will make even worse with his next film, "Valentine". In both cases, just run away!
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.
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URBAN LEGEND is definitely a cookie cutter slasher movie, but Jamie Blanks directs with an intense fervor; the cast plays and/or overplays its roles with thespian gusto. The identity of the killer is sly; early on, I suspected this person, but got lost in the other red herrings, so that only when it became obvious who the killer is, did I pat myself on the back and say "I told you so." The use of the urban legends as a stimulus for the killings is unique, and there are some tense scenes. Robert Englund looks a little lost in the rather docile role of the professor who is an expert on "urban legends." Alicia Witt and Rebecca Gayheart, in particular, do nice jobs as the teeny bopper girls screaming and running. Loretta Devine as the campus security cop is very "cool" in the you go girl arena. Joshua Jackson, Michael Rosenbaum and Tara Reid fare less effective, but fortunately do not hinder the movie. The "Halloween" syndrome occurs again in that we never know if the killer is really dead???
I've definitely seen worse thrillers, so this one isn't the dud some critics assert.
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Urban Legend, a film by Jamie Blanks, is a project that shows ambition and panache, but in the meantime can't resist winking at us periodically to let us know that it's just a movie. It is the story of six coeds who are involved in a campus murder mystery involving urban legends. The ensemble features the lovely Rebecca Gayheart (Brenda) as the sensitive friend, Alicia Witt (Natalie) as the nice girl with secrets, Tara Reid (Sasha) as the trashy nympho, Micheal Rosenbaum (Parker) as the funny and cynical party guy, Jared Leto (Paul) as the cute and brash reporter and Joshua Jackson (Damon) as the crazy frat boy.
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.
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