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Rated R
Copyright 1998 Phoenix Pictures
Reviewed by Rob on 16 November 2000

The Characters:  

  • Paul - Would-be journalist for Pendleton University who enjoys finding the most horrid, despicable tales of terror to write in the school newspaper. He's well-liked by Brenda but falls in love with Natalie.
  • Natalie - Red-head who has a past few suspect (you'll find out), she gets caught up in the antics of a serial killer who dispatches people in a style similar to common urban legends.
  • Brenda - Rebecca Gayheart! The Noxema girl! After her boyfriend was killed in a prank reminiscent of a gang high-beam initiation, she decides to get over him by killing people in the grisly styles of various urban legends. Her main beef is with Natalie and Michelle.
  • Damon - Joshua Jackson! The practical joker on campus, he enjoys scaring the living hell out of anyone whenever he has the chance. Gets hanged above a car a la "The Boyfriend's Death."
  • Parker - Testosterone-muffin jock, he's Sasha's main squeeze and enjoys having parties in which he feeds his dog beer. Gets poisoned by a combination of Liquid-PlumbR and Pop Rocks.
  • Sasha - Tara Reid! That girl from "American Pie" who used a glass of beer as a sperm bank! She's the host of a sleazy radio talk show on campus, where she listens to all the lurid sexual accounts of promiscuous students. Gets butchered.
  • Dean Adams - Guess what his position is. This witless Brit doesn't care for Paul's exaggeration of the situation about a serial killer on campus. Gets impaled on tire spikes.
  • Professor Wexler - Robert Englund! You know - Freddy Krueger! Right now, Freddy's hung up his bladed glove and has traded it for a three-piece suit and bowtie as a professor who teaches urban folklore. Gets butchered.
  • Reese - Loretta Devine from "Waiting To Exhale!" She's the campus cop who loves Pam Grier movies (who the hell doesn't?). She buys into Dean Adams' claims of exaggeration until she sees Sasha treated like firewood. Reese will return in "Urban Legends: The Final Cut" (Why, God, why?!).
  • Michelle - Really bad actress who is responsible for the death of Brenda's boyfriend. Gets decapitated.
  • Tosh - Internet-addicted Goth girl with something up her ass - probably from the last guy who slammed her there. Gets strangled and then made up to look like a morbid suicide.

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The Plot: 

One day, a few writers got together and decided, "Say! Let's write a screenplay about a serial killer who kills people in ways made to look like urban legends!" Good idea! Too bad the movie SUCKED! I've seen some bad acting in horror films before, but this one just takes the cake. Enter young Michelle Mancini, driving down a road back to Pendleton University, when she has to pull over for gas. When she gets assaulted by the attendant, he screams out, "Someone's in the back seat!" Of course, it's too late by then.

On the same campus, young Natalie finds out about Michelle's death from an article written by a crappy journalist named Paul. That's when the other murders begin, but no one seems to believe poor Natalie about the hooded killer walking around and dispatching people in horrific ways. First, a guy named Damon who tries to hit on Natalie gets hanged over a car hood. Then, Natalie's roommate Tosh has her wrists slit, and her blood is used to write "Aren't you glad you didn't turn on the light?" on the wall of their room. When she can't take it any more, Natalie finally confides in her friend, Brenda, that she had known Michelle Mancini, and that they were responsible for the accidental death of a driver when they were in high school.

After doing some sleuthing with Paul, they both discover that a massacre once thought to be a rumor really did happen in an academic hall years ago, and that the only survivor was Professor Wexler, a teacher of urban folklore. In the end, however, it turns out that he wasn't the killer after all - Brenda is, since the driver who was killed was her boyfriend! Fortunately, once Brenda is about to play surgeon on Natalie, Reese and Paul rush in to the rescue.

Somehow, Brenda manages to survive two long falls (not to mention a hail of bullets) and transfer to another school, where what had happened at Pendleton becomes an urban legend to them. Oooo! Whatever attempt this movie made to be creepy, it failed miserably.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Everyone owns a hooded winter jacket.
  • Literature professors like to teach the same students the same lessons about urban legends every single year - and even use props to illustrate them.
  • Rebecca Gayheart should have stuck to Noxema commercials.
  • Eating Pop Rocks and drinking soda at the same time WILL NOT kill you.
  • Mikey (the Life Cereal kid) is alive and well and is an ad executive in New York.
  • The sounds of orgasms and a woman being strangled to death are very indistinguishable.
  • You can't see someone's face inside a hood.
  • It's possible to get stuck during sex.
  • Headlights make weird beating sounds when they're turned on and off.
  • Female African American cops LOVE Pam Grier movies.
  • College deans think it's unnecessary to add on to security on campus after there's been a brutal murder.
  • College students like to dedicate Halloween parties to massacres.
  • British people pronounce the word "weekend" with emphasis on the second syllable.
  • College students sometimes shack up with farm animals in hotels.
  • Dogs love drinking beer from bongs

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - AAAAAAAAAAH! God! Stop singing! You're completely DISGRACING Bonnie Tyler!
  • 10 min - God, that was a really bad "Mikey" imitation.
  • 11 min - So THAT'S what happened to Mikey!
  • 12 min - He's okay, guys. Really. See?
  • 14 min - This reminds me of "Candyman."
  • 16 min - Well, that'll cure constipation.
  • 60 min - Okay, I see the ax and the hooded winter jacket, but where the hell is the "nightmare" glove?
  • 80 min - Well, I suppose that dog has given the movie some redeeming grace.
  • 85 min - Whoa! I guess that really DOES happen to a dog in a microwave!
  • 86 min - Pop rocks and Liquid PlumbR don't mix.
  • 100 min - God, that is REALLY BAD ACTING.
  • 120 min - Give me a break.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note urbanlegend1.wav Sasha: "First, let me just congratulate on your choice of sexual activity, because sweetie, the world is not ready for you to reproduce."
Green Music Note urbanlegend2.wav Brenda: "So you have a frat party to commemorate a massacre?"
Parker: "You betcha!"
Green Music Note urbanlegend3.wav Natalie: "It's like someone out there is taking all these stories and making them reality."
Green Music Note urbanlegend4.wav Dean Adams: "Natalie, did you know Tosh was manic-depressive?"
Natalie: "She painted half the room black, I had a pretty good idea."
Green Music Note urbanlegend5.wav Dean Adams gives Reese a lecture on being 18 and in love.

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This is why you don't choose someone like Damon as an assistant. I do imagine that watching someone explode from eating pop rocks and drinking soda would be interesting however.

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Urban Legend
Reply #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by john butterworps
a couple of things about this film.

1. how comes there was only ONE police officer available
at any time, and that one spent her time on duty watching
blaxploitation films?

2. how come a set of around 10 murders at one university
become an 'urban legend' within a year, whereas the
murders at columbine are still considered 'real'?

3. yeah and how the hell were the last set of murders
covered up so well, with only awful student journalists
prepared to uncover 'the truth'?

4. i'm english, but had anyone who made the film actually
been to university/college? or are lectures really like
that? and are college students really so dense that they
need to have the pop rocks thing PHYSICALLY proven to
Urban Legend
Reply #10. Posted on August 21, 2001, 04:12:36 PM by Daniel
I usually make long opinions, but this one is going to be short. Anyway, I know a way to watch something VERY similiar to this film. Step 1: Take a large dump on the nearest toilet. Step 2: Look in toilet before flushing. Step 3: There is no Step 3 because Step 2 was the last one(though, you could just flush). Therefore, that is my opinion.
Urban Legend
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jesus Thorn
Key elements I liked: 1) Opening scene with Brad Douriff (Chucky); 2) Danielle Harris (she's looking good as the Goth chick; 3) Robert Englund's presence. Hmmm. . . that's about it. The rest of this movie was terrible, uninspired, non-creative garbage. How hard is it really, to see the face of your killer? She was wearing an everyday winter coat. Why all the shadow? Mystery? Please. I didn't see the sequel to this tripe, but it looked an awful lot like Scream 3. The fact that a sequel was even made. . . oh, I better stop. I've drawn blood.
Urban Legend
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jesus Thorn
Hehe, oops. Reading over my previous comment just now, I noticed that I revealed the killer's sex. Well, good! I'm glad. In fact, I should give the whole ending away to anyone who hasn't seen it. Save you the trouble. You'll thank me later.
Urban Legend
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Rob
Holy s**t!  That was Brad Dourif?  I thought he looked familiar!  He's generally a much better actor than that, though.
Urban Legend
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by MessiahMan
I watched about half of this film.  I would have finished it, had there not been something I ended up having to do.  I had the opportunity later to finish it, but chose not to.  There's only so much teeny-boppery I can handle before throwing up, and although this wasn't THAT godawful, it had enough to rise my gorge.  Let's not forget the fact that it's just another scream knockoff for a seriously had no redeeming qualities.  No gore, no nudity, no amusing lines...just an atypical whodunnit "horror" movie of today.  Truly nothing special.  The one slime rating is more than justified, in my book.
Urban Legend
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by pred19
After the huge success of 'Scream', it was almost fate that tons of knock-offs would appear.

But, in the case of 'Urban Legends', I think the source was outdone by an even better movie.

I love urban legends to begin with, and I think the movie used some of the best (like the excellent opening sequence). The twist villain was pretty good, although the revenge thing could be considered weak. I liked it though, she was just like 'I know killing you and all your friends won't bring him back, but I don't care, either'. The one stupid part in the whole thing was how the villain managed to survive so much damage, like Michael Meyers or Jason. She's just a nutjob! When they get shot or thrown out of a building, they get hurt, too!

Fun horror movie, though, one of the best out there in recent years. I enjoyed it a lot, more than 'Scream' or 'I Know What You Did Last Summer'... just stay away from the sequel.
Urban Legend
Reply #16. Posted on August 04, 2003, 06:05:25 PM by Jersey J.
I would recommend this film for sure. Being the loyal Michael Rosenbaum fan I am I would suggest if you want to see more of him then check out the DVD version also. Great movie! It was funny and scary and not a scream rip-off like lots of recent movies. A+ perfect movie for friday night or Halloween. Would not recommend it to animal rights activists! hehe
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