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Urban Legend (1998)

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

Director:

Jamie Blanks

Writer:

Silvio Horta
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Leto ... Paul Gardener
Alicia Witt ... Natalie Simon
Rebecca Gayheart ... Brenda Bates
Michael Rosenbaum ... Parker Riley
Loretta Devine ... Reese Wilson
Joshua Jackson ... Damon Brooks
Tara Reid ... Sasha Thomas
John Neville ... Dean Adams
Julian Richings ... Weird Janitor
Robert Englund ... Professor William Wexler
Danielle Harris ... Tosh Guaneri
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Michelle Mancini
Gord Martineau Gord Martineau ... David McAree
Kay Hawtrey ... Library Attendant
Angela Vint Angela Vint ... Bitchy Girl
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Storyline

Urban Legend tells the story of a group of pretty college students at a remote New England university. The focus of the story is Natalie, a beautiful, academically-gifted student at the fictional Pendleton University. Natalie and her friends are all involved in the Folklore class being taught by Professor Wexler. Wexler regales his class with urban legends, which include Pendleton's own urban legend about a Psych professor who murdered six students at Stanley Hall 25 years ago. Natalie is the first one to suspect there's a killer on campus, especially after she has ties to all of the victims. No one, including her friends, Wexler, Dean Adams and security guard, of course, believes her until it's too late. Now she finds that she and her friends are part of the killer's ultimate urban legend. Written by K. Wilson [edited for spoilers]

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Just because it didn't happen, doesn't mean it can't See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence/gore, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Reese drives a 1992 Ford Crown Victoria. See more »

Goofs

During Sasha's radio show, she removes the spoffle (pop shield) from the microphone. It reappears on the mic seconds later, then disappears again. See more »

Quotes

Parker: Please, Damon is the biggest practical joker I know. He once convinced a sophomore that he was the middle Hanson brother just so he could get laid.
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Alternate Versions

The version of the film shown on the USA network keeps onscreen violence to a minimum. All violence is shown very quickly, while the sound effects during killings have been removed entirely, and any shots of a dead body have been trimmed to show only a flash of what the body looks like. See more »

Connections

References He Knows You're Alone (1980) See more »

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Written by Chris Kennedy
Performed by Ruth Ruth
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Not Bad, but too predictable...
5 October 1998 | by GislefSee all my reviews

Unfortunately, Urban Legend suffers from a rather disjointed plot, and the fact that as a pseudo-mystery, they've eliminated most of the suspects by the end of the movie, so you pretty much know who is responsible. The murderer displays all the qualities of a more supernatural killer like Jason or Michael Myers, such as superhuman strength and the ability to be everywhere the plot requires him to be (like being across campus within minutes of each murder). Signposting some of the urban legends would have been helpful (there's a urban legend about a DJ being killed on the air and people thinking it was a hoax???). The cast is likable enough, but only Loretta Devine really stands out. The movie could as easily have been called "Horror Movie Cliche" as "Urban Legend" (or was that subtitle spoken for by Scream?). There are a few cute in-jokes (yes, one of the actresses was in a Noxema commercial). It's generally an entertaining way to waste a couple of hours if you're a horror-slasher fan.


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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Urban Legends See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,515,444, 27 September 1998

Gross USA:

$38,072,438

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,527,595
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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