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Urban Legend (1998)

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20

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 40

Elements of Scream reappear in a vastly inferior vehicle.

17

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 10

Elements of Scream reappear in a vastly inferior vehicle.

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 163,768

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Movie Info

Australian director Jamie Blanks helmed this teen horror film set at Pendleton University. Campus legend has it that 25 years earlier Pendleton was the site of a mass murder by a demented abnormal psych instructor who killed six students and then himself. However, no proof of the prof's deed remains. Urban legends are the subject of a course in American folklore taught by Professor Wexler (Robert Englund). When a series of bizarre deaths occur on the campus, assertive student Natalie thinks they

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Silvio Horta

May 22, 2001

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Like Frankenstein's monster before the lightning strikes, it's all recycled cold flesh and bolts, without a twitch of originality.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A low-voltage drive-in movie, made strictly by the book.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A proud product of the Scream cookie-cutter!

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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It's just a weary sigh over how Scream's juicy archness has already turned into boilerplate.

January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
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Those of us with brain cells, however, will spit out this Scream retread like it was spider-egg-laced bubble gum.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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Competently made!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (3)
Chicago Sun-Times
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The makers of Urban Legend stock their film with so many one-dimensional, cookie-cutter stereotypes that its potential for exploiting deep-seated fears gets numbed.

February 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

It's surely not the worst slasher film ever made, but it wastes the hint of creativity it promises from the outset.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This is just another post-SCREAM fest desperately in need of a gimmick to distinguish [itself].

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

Watchable...[but] a time-waster, with an insulting ending that unfortunately takes it down a few pegs. [Blu-Ray]

July 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Plot sense is not the top priority when selling a horror movie to 14-year-olds, so it will do well.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Reprehensible and laughable.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Obviamente, 'lógica' é uma palavra que o roteirista Silvio Horta dispensou neste trabalho.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Manages somehow to be rather endearing.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

A deeply stupid film.

April 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Written Magazine
Film Written Magazine

Another deranged, but anonymous killer on the rampage story.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

Takes a promising premise and runs it through a predictable meat grinder of idiocy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Desperate to devise a finale sure to stun, writer Silvio Horta concocts several and runs them back to back. The result drove a sneak preview audience to scream alright, first in gales of disbelieving laughter and then for their money back.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

If the makers of Urban Legend had even a shred of honesty or decency in them, the title would be Horror Film Cliches.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Spottily directed and lacking the dubious merits of even the Friday the 13th franchise.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The gimmicky premise keeps this tension-filled scarefest afloat.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Audience Reviews for Urban Legend

Another Scream rip-off, Urban Legends tends to navigate the same uninspired waters as many of the "teen" horror films of the late 1990's. Thankfully it's a forgettable film that doesn't do anything to raise the stakes in the Horror genre. This is a poorly made film with awful acting, a terrible plot, directing and cheap scares. The film is pointless and does nothing to thrill its audience. The film insults the viewer for which the movie was intended for by not challenging their thoughts hard enough. What was great about the old horror films was that, there was always a great amount of suspense, shocks and jolts. Something that's significantly absent from these types of films. The film fails because the material that's presented on screen is uninspired, often boring. This is a stupid film that's a wasted opportunity because it actually did have an interesting idea for a slasher film. However that failed. The result is a forgettable "horror" film that has definitely NOT stood the test the test of time, and since the release of this film, there's been far better horror films this film is one of the worst the Horror genre has ever produced. Avoid.
August 20, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Scary at times but a little boring.
June 23, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

The usual late 90's slasher taht fails to advance on Scream's post-modern brilliance. In fairness, the idea is quite a good one, with scary urban legends becoming reality. It could have been a nice way for the film to comment on fears inherent in all of us, as urban legends tend to focus on one simple theme. Unfortunately, the film goes for simple slashngs of college kids. There isn't a lot of tension and one can only imagine the screenwriters telling stories to each other as quickly as they could, rather than creating the dread. Fairly tame, and no where near as scary as the legends themselves.
May 30, 2010
kiriyamakazou

Super Reviewer

A campy, yet extremely entertaining movie. It makes little sense and is quite goofy, but it sort've fits in with the source material. It's the typical teen slasher, but has enough odd moments and kooky characters to be seen as a unique piece. It's a lot more like a 80s movie rather than a 90s which I quite liked.
May 28, 2010
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

    1. Brenda: (at the very end of the movie; in a student circle conversation) Okay listen up guys, 'cause this is how the story really goes!
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Damon: I'll see you two in class tomorrow.
    2. Brenda: Unfortunately.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Brenda: Sh*t! Bullet through the head. Not exactly an urban legend, but in the essence of time.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Brenda: Oh, great. Rent-A-Cop to the rescue.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Brenda: (to Natalie) I'm really going to enjoy watching you bleed to death. (Puts the scalpel up to Natalie) Now, is this your kidney? Or is that the liver? I was always such a dope in anatomy. Well, who cares, right? First organ I see, I'm just gonna grab it.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Brenda: (to Natalie) Don't you wanna be an urban legend? All your friends are now.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
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