URBAN LEGEND

URBAN LEGEND 1998

Urban Legend is both entertaining and fun to watch.

It comes off of a slew of movies in the 90’s, starting with the release of Scream in ’96.  This sub-genre revolves around metaphysically aware high school/college students who have to catch a killer amongst themselves.

Director Jamie Blanks (Needle) created great atmosphere, the movie was dark, light on the swearing and violent but still a blast to watch.  Throughout the film there is a sense of suspicion and unease about the characters.

This flick’s Psycho bases the murders on Urban Legend’s.  The man in the back seat of the car, a dog in the microwave, and Bloody Mary.  Because of these stories have a part in our own childhoods, it is easy to be drawn into this film.

It starts with the murder of a young college student Michelle, (Natasha Gregson Wagner from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).  The viewer know what to expect from Urban Legend and frankly, it was good.

We soon meet our heroine Natalie (Alicia Witt: Twin Peaks),  conversing at a coffee lounge with her friends.

The group of twenty-somethings includes Brenda (Rebecca Gayheart: Scream 2), Parker (Michael Rosenbaum: Batman: The Brave and the Bold ), Damon (Joshua Jackson: Apt Pupil) who are listening to fellow friend Sasha (Tara Reid: A Return to Salem’s Lot) on the radio.

Parker shares an urban legend from the school they are attending.

“Not the point of the story, paper boy. But, fine, Abnormal psych it is. Anywho, this guy, he just flips out, you know, goes completely berserk! He grabs a hunting knife and he strolls into Stanley Hall, bangs on every door, and every student that answers their door, he takes that little knife and he cuts their throat, ear to ear. Yeah, does away with an entire floor before, finally, stabbing himself straight through the heart. And thus, the annual Mega Sigma Phi bash.
Not the point of the story, paper boy. But, fine, Abnormal psych it is. Anywho, this guy, he just flips out, you know, goes completely berserk! He grabs a hunting knife and he strolls into Stanley Hall, bangs on every door, and every student that answers their door, he takes that little knife and he cuts their throat, ear to ear. Yeah, does away with an entire floor before, finally, stabbing himself straight through the heart. And thus, the annual Mega Sigma Phi bash.”  –Parker

As the group tries to fathom how an act like that could be brushed under the rug,  Paul (Jared Letto: Switchback) barges into the conversation and teases the clique about the validity of the story and theory of it being covered up.

This particular ensemble of actors work very well off of one another.  Believable as friends who have known each other for some time.

Another treat for the audience, which may be lost on a younger generation, is the throw backs to the actors former work. Really making fun of themselves which gives for comic relief.

Robert Englund (Fear Clinic)  plays a very polished and mysterious Professor Wexler, whom at some point becomes the focus of Natalie‘s obsession with finding out more about the presumed school murders.  She believes her friends, who are being killed off one at a time are the victims of the original Stanely Hall massacres slayer, the Prof.

Natalie finally comes to the realization that her teacher did not slay the students years before and then knows assailant is a member of her circle own of friends.

Loretta Devine‘s (Crash) interpretation of Reese Wilson, the University Security Officer with a fondness for Foxy Brown demands to be noted. Her Character assists Natalie throughout Urban Legend and becomes a true heroine. Devine did a great job and it was pleasure to see her in the sequel.  Danielle Harris of  Hatcet 3 also kicked-ass as the emo/goth roommate of Natalie‘s.

If you are looking for something fun to watch on a cold rainy night, this is the flick for you. It is simple, clear and has a decent storyline.  An enjoyable movie that you will probably watch more then once.

Worth the buy.

Geeker.

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