Watch: Urban Legend 1998 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: A college campus is plagued by a vicious serial killer murdering students in ways that correspond to various urban legends.
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Following a series of strange murders, a group of students at a college campus set out to investigate the crimes and their seeming connection to the killer when they find out the killer is basing their crimes on urban legends and set out to stop the rampage.
This is far better than its reputation would have it. Among the better features here is the fact that back when this movie came out the gimmick of using the deaths based on urban legends allowed for some pretty inventive and original kills. The opening backseat driver decapitation is a great one to open a film on, the dead boyfriend suspended over a fleeing car in the woods offers some rather nice suspense with the killer appearing and continually trying to break into the car and the sex/strangulation misidentification is really cool mainly because the circumstances needed to make it true, from the back-story needed to make sure she shouldn’t see anything, the killer gaining access to the room without violent means, and the actual sounds of the incident, are all mixed together and makes a marvelous scene. These here really work nicely due to the way they incorporate the whole mythology of the premise into their stalking and work incredibly well at bringing these together. Other great scenes, where she watches someone in the killers known attire stalk one of her friends in a swimming pool while she is helplessly trying to get her attention or the tense stalking of the DJ in the radio station during the thunderstorm make for some additional tense, thrilling scenes, and the way it works out due to knowing what the killer is dressed like is effective enough. That also leads into the twist about the identity of the killer and how their secret is kept, as the way there are so many different red herrings involved and all of them given good alibis to clear them, so by gaining more clues to their identity, it broadens the suspense by making an extra clue for the people to solve. These here really work nicely for the film as there isn’t a whole lot really to dislike here. The main problem with this film is that it was aimed for the masses to consume, so it has a lot of toned-down gore. Many of these killings should’ve been gorier, and it will probably disappoint many out there looking for a good gory slasher film. It also falls into the realm of those films where they’re trying to poke fun of the genre at the same time as trying to scare, and here is one example that having a ton of cheap scares aren’t that frightening. What makes it worse is that many of the jokes aren’t funny, so it is a bit flat in some places. The pacing is a little off in the first half with all the build-ups to the class and what they all mean, but there’s not a whole lot else wrong here.
Rated R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language, some alcohol use, a scene with a dog drinking and a brief mild sex scene.
One of many lame slashers that sprouted in the late 90s thanks to the mega success of ‘Scream’. Good cast utterly wasted with stilted dialogue and a nonsensical story, a half-assed motive and tame kills that weren’t all that memorable.
Let’s get our slasher on!
Ah our precious 1990’s, so many great things came out of this memorable decade, including a streak of teen slasher films. Let’s face it, after the mega success of Scream which opened the doors once again after Friday the 13th, Halloween, and Nightmare on Elm Street, we needed a new classic. So naturally all the screen writers who were a bit scared to present their ideas on the table, thanks to Kevin Williamson, the clever writer of Scream and Dawson’s Creek. After that, every teen slasher film was released: the Scream sequels, I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, etc. But we didn’t stop at that, we were now presented with Urban Legend.
The film begins on a dark and stormy night as college student Michelle Mancini realizes she is near empty while driving in her car. There’s someone in the back seat as Michelle drives, a figure in a dark coat with a fur trim around the hood sits up in the back seat and, with a swift blow from its axe, decapitates Michelle. The same night, on campus, a group of friends listens to Parker Riley tell an old story about one of the campus halls, Stanley Hall. According to the story, in 1973, an abnormal psychology teacher went crazy and killed all the students living in an on-campus residence hall. Paul, a school paper journalist thinks the story is bogus. Still, the story sticks in their minds, especially for Natalie, and Brenda. The next day, the front page of the campus newspaper has an article about Michelle Mancini’s murder written by Paul but the papers are quickly confiscated by school officials. Later that night after going into a secluded area of woods to talk, Natalie reveals to Damon that she knew Michelle, but they hadn’t spoken in years. Damon, playing on Natalie’s vulnerability, tries to make a move on her but she rejects him. Upset, Damon goes into the woods to urinate but is attacked by the killer. He then is hung from a tree in a noose with the rope attached to the bumper of his car. The next day, no one believes Natalie’s story due to Damon’s penchant for pranks and tricks. Realizing both Damon’s death and Michelle’s murder closely resemble famous urban legends, Natalie goes to the library to read up on urban legends. Not realizing the terror has just begun to scare her and her friends even more.
Basically, Urban Legend didn’t stand out against it’s competitors, it has every cliché in the book. Not to mention no memorable actors that had the same chemistry as the cast of Scream. It’s over written at times and has every predictable moment: the friends don’t believe in a ghost story, a couple people get killed off but everyone thinks it’s a prank/fake death, a classic chase scene with a big breasted girl in a skimpy costume, the creepy janitor, the smart girl that no one believes is all of a sudden right about all the murders and of course a mega twist ending that no one will ever see coming! OK, Urban Legend isn’t a horrible movie, while it has all these predictable moments and clichés, it’s still actually fun to watch and a good part of the memory of good teen slasher films that came out of the 1990’s.
Can’t get much worse than this
Have you ever wished that the killer would just end everything and just kill you? After seeing this TERRIBLE Dead Teenager schlock, I did. Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, and Jared Leto duke it out for worst performance as three college kids who become scared over a killer repeating infamous urban legends (um, didn’t we see that in Scream?). Urban Legend is a cheap, cheap rip-off of such horror classics as Scream, Scream 2, Halloween; such non-classics as I Know What You Did Last Summer and the Halloween sequels; and even Felicity! Urban Legend is handsdown terrible; but surprisingly only my second least favorite of 1998. (The Rose McGowan sci-fi clunker barely edged it out; and The Waterboy was slightly beaten by this one)
Basically, do not see this movie. Zero Stars out of Four.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 39 min (99 min)
Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director Jamie Blanks
Writer Silvio Horta
Actors Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart
Country Canada, United States
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Technicolor, USA (prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Super 35
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)