More in-depth film festival coverage than any other website!
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 

Overall Rating

Awesome: 4.63%
Worth A Look: 5.56%
Average: 12.96%
Pretty Bad: 21.3%
Total Crap55.56%

10 reviews, 48 user ratings

Latest Reviews

Ad Astra by Jay Seaver

When Lambs Become Lions by Jay Seaver

We Are Not Princesses by Jay Seaver

Hustlers by Jay Seaver

Promare by Jay Seaver

Tokyo Ghoul "S" by Jay Seaver

BrightBurn by Rob Gonsalves

Booksmart by Rob Gonsalves

Dead Don't Die, The by Rob Gonsalves

Fagara by Jay Seaver

subscribe to this feed

Urban Legends: The Final Cut
[] Buy posters from this movie
by EricDSnider

"Bad sequel to bad film, in an orgy of all-out badness."
1 stars

The 1998 slasher film "Urban Legend" was based on the admittedly very cool premise of a serial killer who murders people based on common urban myths -- stories that supposedly happened to "a friend of a friend," but that never actually occurred anywhere.

In this day of Internet-fueled false warnings about non-existent dangers (Look out for guys who hide under your car and slash your ankles when you arrive!), a movie about them was a great idea.

Unfortunately, "Urban Legend" sucked, partly because it ran out of good urban legends to use and had to start making them up, and also partly because it eventually turned into just another teen horror flick.

"Urban Legends: Final Cut" doesn't "eventually" turn out bad. It starts bad, is bad in the middle, has some more badness near the end, and then erupts into a grand finale of badness so bad it makes other bad things look good.

The first film made $38 million -- respectable, but hardly crying for a sequel. Yet here it is, an unrequested sequel that is slow-paced, dim-witted, amateurish, unoriginal and unnecessarily gruesome.

Remember the characters from the first movie? Of course you don't, and don't pretend you do. It doesn't matter, because the only one returning in the sequel is the sassy black campus security officer, Reese (Loretta Devine), who got fired from the college where all the murders happened in the first movie, and now works at a different one.

She meets up with film student Amy Mayfield (Jennifer Morrison), who is looking for a good idea for a final-project movie. Reese suggests she do one about a serial killer who murders people based on common urban myths. Amy likes the idea, and department head Professor Solomon (Hart Bochner) approves it.

(Does this sound like the "Scream" sequels, where they were making a movie about what happened in the first "Scream" film? It should, but remember one important difference: The "Scream" movies were funny, scary and clever. Those three words should not be spoken in the presence of "Urban Legends: Final Cut.")

Wouldn't you know it, though, people start getting killed. Once or twice, these murders are based on urban legends. Mostly, they're just plain old killings. Some of them are people connected with the movie Amy's making; others are people tangentially related.

So who's the murderer? Is it rival student director Toby (Anson Mount)? Lesbian Vanessa (Eva Mendez)? Egotistical "film brat" Graham (Joey Lawrence)? Weird foreigner with stupid accent Simon (Marco Hofschneider)? Guy who died but has a twin brother who looks exactly like him, a character I wish I were making up but I'm not (Matthew Davis)? Reese? The professor? Mary Ann? Ginger? Gilligan? Chief? McCloud?

The revelation of the killer is indeed a surprise, but only because his or her identity and motives are so ridiculous that only a lunatic could have predicted them.

With the possible exception of the mildly memorable Reese, there are no real characters here. In fact, it's hard to tell one from the other for quite a while, until you've worked out which stock personalities (if any) have been assigned to which stock characters.

First-time director John Ottman has no sense of pacing or plot. Ideas are started and then abandoned. Characters disappear for a long time and then turn up again. The movie meanders for a while, and when you think it's over, it still has a half-hour left. There is no building to a climax, because there is no climax. It could end at any point and be just as "over" as it will ever be. Finally, we learn who the killer is, we don't care, and the movie finally stops hurting us.

link directly to this review at
originally posted: 07/07/03 10:27:59
[printer] printer-friendly format  

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
Note: Duplicate, 'planted,' or other obviously improper comments
will be deleted at our discretion. So don't bother posting 'em. Thanks!
Your Name:
Your Comments:
Your Location: (state/province/country)
Your Rating:

Discuss this movie in our forum

  22-Sep-2000 (R)
  DVD: 19-Jul-2005


  28-Sep-2000 (MA)

Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About Australia's Largest Movie Review Database.
Privacy Policy | HBS Inc. | |   

All data and site design copyright 1997-2017, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast