Urban Legend

0
0
Subscribe to Alicia Witt alerts

Facts and Figures

Run time: 99 mins

In Theaters: Friday 25th September 1998

Box Office Worldwide: $72.5M

Budget: $14M

Distributed by: TriStar Pictures

Production compaines: TriStar Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 20%
Fresh: 10 Rotten: 40

IMDB: 5.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , , Neil H. Moritz

Starring: Alicia Witt as Natalie Simon, Jared Leto as Paul Gardener, Rebecca Gayheart as Brenda Bates, Michael Rosenbaum as Parker Riley, Loretta Devine as Reese Wilson, Tara Reid as Sasha Thomas, John Neville as Dean Adams, Joshua Jackson as Damon Brooks, Julian Richings as Weird Janitor, Robert Englund as Professor William Wexler, Danielle Harris as Tosh Guaneri, Natasha Gregson Wagner as Michelle Mancini

Urban Legend Movie Review


A Scream knock-off? Yes. A good Scream knock-off? No.

Sadly, Urban Legend will be another forgotten entry into the teen horror revival fad of the late 1990's, and with good reason.

Despite putting together one of the better ensembles of young actors (basically, it's all the leftovers from hip TV shows that haven't yet been slaughtered on camera, including My So-Called Life's Jared Leto), a really dumb script and lifeless direction causes Urban Legend to fail the singular, critical test of horror films: It's not scary.

Even the "hip jokes" are not hip, and they're not funny.... In fact, it's only the self-referential humor (a rumor about "that girl in that Noxzema commercial," referring to Gayheart; a blip of Paula Cole's signature tune when Jackson (of TV's Dawson's Creek) flips on the radio) that keeps Urban Legend above a total disaster.

The plot is something about a serial killer reenacting a bunch of urban legends (guy with axe in back seat, killer calling on a phone inside the house, et al.), but it's barely memorable. It isn't scary in any case.

Of course, the only reason I even bothered to see this film is because it stars the radiant Alicia Witt, who I could watch for two hours doing the laundry. In fact, I think I would have preferred the movie be completely about Witt doing her laundry.... I'll have to pitch that to a studio someday. But I digress.

Anyway, Alicia, I forgive you. I hope Hollywood does.

Hey baby.


Contactmusic

0
0
Subscribe to Alicia Witt alerts

Comments

Urban Legend Rating

" Grim "

Advertisement

More Alicia Witt

A Little Chaos Trailer

In the palace of Versailles, a tremendous garden is maintained. One day, the builder and head gardener sees an ordinary woman arriving at the palace,...

Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy Album Review

The solo career of Mr Rice is not one you may realistically describe as that with which you may associate a prolific output. His is...

Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of Trailer

In the late 90's and early 00's, The Backstreet Boys were the most powerful boy band in the world. After discovering that they had not...

George The Poet - 1,2,1,2 (Dismantle Remix) Video

George The Poet unveils an audio for the Dismantle Remix of his single '1,2,1,2', taken from the tracks Remixes EP. The track has been produced...

Advertisement

Perfume Genius - Too Bright Album Review

Ever since the release of his debut LP 'Learning' back in 2010, Seattle's Perfume Genius has attracted increasing attention both publicly and critically. His piano...

The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School - O Come All Ye Faithful Video

The angelic voices of The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School perform a moving rendition of classic Christmas carol 'O Come All Ye Faithful'.

Jamie Scott - Last Christmas Video

Jamie Scott of London duo GRAFFITI6 performs an acoustic rendition of Wham!'s 1984 festive single 'Last Christmas' in a black and white one-take video. In...

Christina Aguilera Ft. Brian McKnight - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Video

In 2000, Christina Aguilera recorded a collection of some of her favourite Christmas songs and the sessions resulted in the album 'My Kind of Christmas',...

Advertisement