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Urban Legend (1998)

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

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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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What You Don't Believe Can Kill You. See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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

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25 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Urban Legends  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,515,444, 27 September 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,072,438

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,455,157
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Trivia

The book sitting on the desk in Professor William Wexler's desk in his class, is "The Vanishing Hitchhiker", which is one of the seminal texts on urban legends. See more »

Goofs

Actress Danielle Harris blinks visibly when the camera zooms in on her character's dead body. See more »

Quotes

[Damon has just sneaked up on Brenda and Natalie, proceeding to scare them half to death]
Damon: Boo!
Brenda: [In disgust] Is that what you do in your spare time, Damon? Just go around scaring people like a freak?
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Referenced in Ida, Be Thy Name: The Frightful Females of Fear (2013) See more »

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Every Day
Performed by Adam Hamilton
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Not Bad, but too predictable...
5 October 1998 | by See 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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