Urban Legend (1998) Movie Review

Urban Legend (1998)

1998 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
99 minutes /

User Score: 83/100

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Urban Legend Review


A college student suspects a series of bizarre deaths are connected to certain urban legends.

Urban Legend (1998) is a 1h 39-min rate R American mystery-thriller slasher-horror film that is based on a killer using deaths in certain urban legends to murder students at a New England university. The movie had an estimated budget of $14 million and grossed over $72 million at the box office. Director Jamie Blanks (Storm Warning (2007), Valentine (2001), Long Weekend (2008)) did not do such a bad job of directing his second full-length movie. The film contains sexual language, sexual content, extreme violence, gore, a little suspense, a little tension, and bad language.

Michelle Mancini (Natasha Gregson Wagner - High Fidelity (2000), Two Girls and a Guy (1997), Lost Highway (1997)) was attacked by an attendant, Michael at a gas station. Michael (Brad Dourif - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), Dune (1984), Halloween (2007), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)) was actually trying to warn Michelle of an attacker in her back seat, but she drives away. Yes, there was a kill in the first few minutes of the film where we see the killer decapitating Michelle with an ax. College student Parker Riley (Michael Rosenbaum - Smallville (2001-2011), Justice League (2001-2006), Sweet November (2001)) mentions how Stanley Hall which is one of the campus halls was the site of a 1973 massacre.

Damon Brooks (Joshua Jackson - Fringe (2008-2013), Dawson’s Creek (1998-2003), Cruel Intentions (1999), The Skulls (2000)) and Natalie Simon drove into the woods to talk because Natalie is distraught over Michelle‚Äôs death. It did not take long for the killer to kill one of them or one of them to kill the other one - watch the movie and you shall have the nice setup. The survivor runs for help, but no one believes the survivor because there is no evidence of the car or corpse. The survivor discovers similarities in the two college students deaths and starts researching urban legends, and we get to learn about what happened in the past that might have resulted in the murders involving people in the college. One last thing, the survivor, found this written on the dorm room wall "Aren’t you glad you didn’t turn on the light?" in blood. Is the killer following/copying urban legends to dictate his kills.

Urban Legend had a good premise with a great opening scene with tense moments that instantly captured my undivided attention but unfortunately the movie fell short due to the humongous plot holes. The film did not contain much suspense, and once we were given the resolution, then the movie went down the drain from that point where I felt I did not need to watch the film but did continue because I was eager to see if there was a twist. There were too many questions that were left unanswered which also harmed the film.

About Urban Legend (1998)

Title: Urban Legend
Original Title: Urban Legends
Year: 1998
Runtime: 99 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.15/5 stars from 12 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 12
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Brad Dourif, Robert Englund, Julian Richings, Danielle Harris, Matt Birman, Joshua Jackson, Morgan Strebler, Tara Reid, John Neville, J.C. Kenny, Vince Corazza, Jared Leto, Rebecca Gayheart, Michael Rosenbaum, Loretta Devine, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Vanessa J. Daniel, Kay Hawtrey, Balázs Koós, Shawn Mathieson, Alicia Witt, Shalen Hutchings, Lili Salman, Stephanie Anne Mills, Gord Martineau, Angela Vint, Stephanie Mills, Danny Comden, Roberta Angelica, Nancy McAlear
Writers: Silvio Horta
Director: Jamie Blanks

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