URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT
In Full Sequel Tradition . . . Lacking
Release Date: September 22, 2000
Audience: Teenagers & young adults
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Director: John Ottman
Executive Producer: Nicholas Osborne & Brad Luff
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As Amy begins putting the urban legends story into place, a real killer has surfaced surrounding the University. One female student is drugged while at a local bar and wakes up in a tub of ice cubes with her liver missing, the most popular of the urban legend stories. As the killer continues, many of Amy's fellow students begin to disappear at the same time she is attempting to create a movie about the same occurrences. In the midst of the murders, Amy's friend, Travis Stark (Matthew Davis), commits suicide after his thesis project is given a poor grade. The mysterious happenings lead Amy to investigate his suicide, and she stumbles upon Trevor, Travis' twin brother. Trevor believes his brother was murdered, so the two decide to lure the killer to them in hopes of finding his or her true identity and purpose for killing the students.
The movie sets that Amy uses for her film set the stage for the terrifying murders occurring at Alpine University. As in most horror movie sequels, the murder scenes are more graphic in URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT. Some are so gruesome, it makes watching difficult. It is apparent that the writers opted for a more disgusting movie as opposed to a scarier one. The movie also relies more on starlet factor than on a decent plot. Although Morrison and Devine gave valid performances, Davis is less than believable. His timing was poor, and it is obvious he was attempting to act suspicious, but it just comes off as bad timing. Joseph Lawrence, from TV's BLOSSOM and GIMME A BREAK, is humorous as Graham, the cell phone carrying, fast-paced film student, who desperately wants to be a big-time Hollywood director.
URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT attempts to follow in the success of the original URBAN LEGENDS movie, however, it fails in doing so on a number of counts. The acting is not up to par, the story is a little too outlandish, even for this type of movie, and the murder scenes are too violent and gruesome. An evil overtone is present throughout the movie, and it is overall a dark and sick story.
URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT attempts to follow in the success of the original movie, but an evil overtone is present throughout its extremely violent story. It is apparent that the writers opted for a more disgusting movie as opposed to a scarier one. The acting is not up to par, the story is too outlandish, even for this type of story, and the murder scenes are too gruesome. An evil overtone is present throughout the movie, which tells a dark and sick story