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Sunday, December 5, 2010

My review of Urban Legend

It happened to
someone who knows
someone you know...

You're next.
what a stupid tagline


Like I said in my review of Candyman, my next review will be of a horror film. well, my next one probably will be of one as well. Eventually I'll run out and I will have an excellent list of horror films to see and horror films to avoid. This one certainly goes in the latter category. It is always best to avoid campy Scream rip-offs.

Acting/Characters: My favorite actor, and therefore favorite character in the film, was Robert Englund. You would all, of course, know him better as Freddy Kreuger. But, the puns were distinctly absent from his performance which is probably why I liked him the most. The rest of the characters were just what every other college stereotype in a slasher film is. You have the goth, best friend, final girl, good guy, party animals, disbelieving Dean etc. Nothing new at all. I don't know why I expected differently. Especially after dozens of these things. 2/10


Plot: If there is one thing I hate, it is PLOT HOLES!!! The ending is one big "Well wait, how did...? Wouldn't they...? That doesn't make any sense!!!" If your gonna have a twist ending, make sure that it is plausible. This one wasn't. Not even close. The plot did have promise i must admit, but they failed to even try to make the film original. If you can't at least find a few ways to make a film original, don't make the film! Also, they fall victim to the fact that by the end, you know who the killer is because A. it's never whom the characters suspect and B. everyone else is either dead or the Final Girl. They could have done better. But they didn't. I don't know why. 2/10

Screenplay: take every single screenplay cliche of a horror film and put it in this one and there you go. you have this films entire screenplay. I don't get it, these people re professional screenplay writers and they come up with this nonsense. why? 1.5/10

Likableness: I've certainly seen worse. I have seen much better as well. This film took a promising plot and riddled it full of cliches and predictability. But, it had its moments where it could be entertaining, particularly when Robert Englund was on the screen. But that was about it. It had some decent kills too. The rest were implausible and just plain stupid Especially once you find out who the killer is. A normal person with superhuman strength? it doesn't work. 2/10

Final Score: 7.5/40 18.5% (S)


TRIVIA TIME: 1. When Paul and Natalie walk into the hidden room in Wexler's office, a puppet of Freddy Krueger can be seen just before they see the axe. Robert Englund, who plays Wexler, played Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street

2. The author of "The Encyclopedia of Urban Legends" is Charles Breen. The doctor on Tosh's bottle of lithium is a doctor Charles Breen. Charles Breen is the production designer

3. Sarah Michelle Gellar accepted the role of Sasha but had to back out due to schedule conflicts with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

4. Jodi Lyn O'Keefe was originally offered the role of Sasha, but turned it down to take part in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

5. The movie's fictional location is Melbourne, New Hampshire. Melbourne is the name of the director's home city in Australia.

6. The last name of Natasha Gregson Wagner's character is 'Mancini'. Don Mancini is the name of the writer of all the "Child's Play" films, and the other actor that is featured in the beginning of the film, Brad Dourif, does the voice of Chucky.

7. The Latin motto of the university, which is featured on its emblem in some scenes, when translated, gives you the identity of the killer.


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