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Urban Legends: The Final Cut
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by Cochise

"Does this film measure up to the teen-slasher explotation film standard?"
3 stars

I hate teen-slasher exploitation horror films, but I enjoyed this one. It’s good.

WARNING: If you have not seen this film, please do not read this review until you have done so. Even though I have not given away the ending, some of what I have to say may spoil some of the suspense for you.

This is not a typical teen-slasher exploitation horror film. The skill of the director has elevated it to a status considerably above most films of its type. It is not a fantastic film, not even a great film, but it is an enjoyable and entertaining film. It is worth seeing.

The film is set in a film school. (This,in itself, should interest film buffs.) A group of students are making a film based on urban legends. However, the students begin to be killed off. The heroine investigates and must reveal the identity of the killer. Watch for unusual twists.

After seeing literally thousands of films, I believe that many viewers will say a film is crap because it is not in a genre they like. It is important that all films are not judged by the same standard. When judging a film, one must take into account the filmmaker’s intent, the genre of the film, and the needs of the target audience. The important criteria is: how does the film rate in relation to other films of its own genre? I believe this film stands up well as a slasher film for its intended audience. I would give it 2 stars as a mainstream film, but 4 stars as a teen-slasher genre film. Therefore the average of the two ratings is 3, and that is the rating I gave the film.

In the director’s commentary, he says that he deleted some scenes which deal with plot and character development. He says the deleted scenes would be appropriate for certain audiences, but not for the target audience of this film. (The deleted scenes and the director’s commentary on those scenes are on the DVD.)

After listening to the commentary, I got the impression that the film was not meant to be taken seriously (even though the preview trailer on the DVD appeared as if the film was, in fact, meant to be taken seriously by the target audience.

I believe that “Urban Legend Final Cut” is a tongue in cheek pay out of slasher films. The film is professionally done – and is full of all the appropriate elements in the genre. However, one of the refreshing aspects of the film is the plot elements that the audience might question are actually questioned by the characters – therefore allowing the audience to continue suspending disbelief. Two examples of are:

1. Trevor dying and his brother (twin?) appearing and the female character asking questions the audience might ask.

2. The reason the police are not simply called right away is explained as a plot element.

Unfortunately, the explanation by one of the characters as to why one of the intended victims always escaped was in a deleted scene. I believe it was a real shame the scene was not in the film.

The film had the usual weaknesses found in this genre. Some examples are:

1. The killer, when chasing the victim, moves slowly while the victim moves faster, yet the victim does not seem to get ahead of the killer.

2. The victims do not fight back like a real victim might.

3. The most glaring example in “Urban Legend Final Cut” is the scene where the intended victim goes down a ladder surrounded by a cage. (One of those cages designed to keep the climber from falling.) Anyway, the intended victim goes down the ladder first, followed by the killer. For a brief moment, the killer is climbing down the ladder, feet towards the victim, and can’t even see the victim. The victim does nothing, even though at that moment the killer is vulnerable. (Any real person would have grabbed the killer’s legs and pulled the killer off the ladder, or maybe even grabbed something and whacked the killer on the legs.) This one particular scene really bugged me.

Two particular plot points that I really didn’t like were:

1. The obsession or preoccupation of the students in the film school for slasher films. Certainly in a real film school, students would be interested in all genres.

2. The students are competing for an award called the Hitchcock Award. This supposedly shows the standard the school is supposedly striving for. We know this, then we see a scene where a student announces to a professor that her thesis film will be a film about urban legends. See then describes what any film school would consider a trite plot. I just did not find it believable that a prestigious film school would accept such a plot in the way the student’s teacher did.

Characterization was not complete enough for my taste, but for the purpose of the genre it was adequate. It was a bit better than many films of this type I have seen.

This film stands out in the area of plot. While not as interesting as “Shadow of the Vampire,” watching the characters in “Urban Legend Final Cut” make their student film using the appropriate equipment is interesting in itself. In one point the actual crew are putting away the dolly tracks as the camera is still making the shot. That works because the scene is about making a film.

As “Urban Legend Final Cut” is about the making of a film, the major theme of the film is what I call “realities within realities.”

The plot is full of clever twists, and the director's willingness (in my opinin) not to take the film seriously eleveates this film (in my mind) above typical slasher films.

The director’s commentary on the collector's edition DVD makes the film well worth watching. By the way, watch for the homage to Alien, Aliens, Blair Witch, and Urban Legend. There is an homage to another film as well, but I’ll let you find it.

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User Comments

11/25/13 Jan Marie It just doesn’t get any better than seeing the gorgeous “Mrs. Anita Pelaez” over at her and 5 stars
4/04/09 Dane Youssef Actually... kind of fun for a sequel to a movie that was a rip-off in the first place. 4 stars
1/12/06 Darren O lacks the novelty of the original, and doesn't live up to the title 2 stars
1/02/06 Wiseman hahahaah oh my god, the first one was ok, but this one is a HORRIFIC PEICE OF Shiat 1 stars
10/24/05 tony poooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 1 stars
8/04/05 ^podo boring and stupid... 2 stars
5/24/05 E-FUNK Holy shit! This movie is so bad it warrants executions for everyone involved. 1 stars
2/02/04 Rocko *cough* horse shit *cough* 1 stars
11/25/03 Thiago Pretty original way to continue the series. I really enjoyed UL2. 4 stars
11/09/03 Samuel Didn't even compare to the origional...which also sucked!! 3 stars
11/04/03 American Slasher Goddess Not bad, but weaker then the first one. 3 stars
7/25/03 Double G Why did they make a sequel, if they 1st one was so bad. This is torture, don't watch it!!!! 1 stars
7/07/03 Jack Sommersby Arid and just plain boring sequel to the passable original. Good cinematography, though. 1 stars
7/03/03 Gray had some good scenes wasn't helped by racist hummer 2 stars
6/23/03 Hottie I didn't think it was that bad! I thought it was good! 4 stars
4/01/03 y2mckay God how I hated this piece fo shit. Die, Loretta Devine. DIE YOU FAT BITCH! 1 stars
3/02/03 ME A GREAT FILM 5 stars
1/02/03 Chowie WHAT A PIECE OF SHIT! 1 stars
6/02/02 I'm in (L) with a Jedi this was fucking torture 1 stars
4/26/02 Charles Tatum Terrible sequel to a terrible film 1 stars
3/15/02 Christian Oh dear. What happened?The first one was so entertaining 1 stars
11/30/01 Rutt13 one of my beer farts could make a better film, even the girls are ugly. 1 stars
11/17/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is better than the first one & really haves it clever parts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
7/02/01 Jennifer Doran i like chicks 4 stars
4/16/01 LiL Wow, what a piece of shit 1 stars
3/28/01 Rampage Crappy shows like The X-Files are even freakier that any stupid teen horror flick. 1 stars
2/22/01 Jenna Eva Mendes is HOT 4 stars
2/11/01 KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi Doesn't even qualify as hackwork. Shit trying to pass itself off as potpourri. 1 stars
1/14/01 movie chick Don't waste your time on this crappy sequel. 1 stars
12/19/00 Thrillhouse Like JustinR review says, "Who comes up with this shit?" 1 stars
12/06/00 Cristopher Revilla what's with hollywood? they're just releasing shitty sequels from even shittier flicks!!! 1 stars
12/03/00 Stuntman laughably stupid, makes Malcolm in the Middle look like Eerie Indiana 1 stars
12/03/00 Dee Ingold I think it was an awesome movie i want to see it again. 5 stars
11/13/00 Evelyn Four words...MATTHEW DAVIS IS SEXY!!p.s. I liked this movie a lot better than the first one 5 stars
10/09/00 Ground Zero worse than the first 1 stars
10/05/00 Jacques Strap it's like watchingX-Files, but w/o Fox Mulder and Scully. Godawful. 1 stars
10/04/00 JJ It was fun 4 stars
10/04/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble Suckers! You've wasted your lives and money on a piece of dreck. Satan Rules Hollywood!!! 1 stars
10/02/00 PJ Got 6 words for this crap-- This Movie Sucked Ass Shit Stains. By the way Jacinda gets it! 1 stars
10/02/00 KAM Bad, very, very, bad 2 stars
9/30/00 Stuntman GO SEE SCARY MOViE 1 stars
9/26/00 tuna could this movie suck any more? 1 stars
9/25/00 siro why oh why did i waste 8bucks on this, when i could've been at home, masterbating?!? 1 stars
9/25/00 Jason O should've gone to the symphony... 1 stars
9/24/00 Ground Zero whoever came up with that armpit should be dragged out in the street and shot. Awful. 1 stars
9/23/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble If you want a good scare. Buy the Harry Potter books. Hollywood has lost all hope. 1 stars
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