Urban Legend (1998) Review
“It Happened To Someone Who Knows Someone You Know… You’re Next.”
Synopsis: A college student suspects a series of bizarre deaths are connected to certain urban legends.
Urban Legend is a mostly fun, not very serious slasher. Focusing as it does on kills based on urban legends, there’s a fun guesswork element for the audience as they try to anticipate what comes next. Since most urban legends also have a number of varieties, the guessing game is surprisingly difficult.
As with many ’90s slashers, urban legend doesn’t take itself too seriously. Though some characters receive enough backstory to be more than just cliches, there are enough sly winks at horror tropes to keep the tone firmly tongue in cheek. The cast is generally decent but unremarkable; however, the presence of a few horror icons (Brad Dourif, Robert Englund, Danielle Harris) makes the movie more engaging. Add in Tara Reid as a radio host talking about sex, and I’m a happy camper.
Urban Legend is mostly forgotten, and not without reason. As a tongue-in-cheek movie, it’s not as clever as Scream or New Nightmare, but it has a certain charm. This is a decent turn off your brain slasher that’s a step above average, if a step below good. For the right kind of mood, it can be the perfect option.
Calamity Brains’ Rating: C+