Thursday, September 3, 2009

Urban Legends: Final Cut

Urban Legends: Final Cut 2000
Director: John Ottman
Writers: Paul Harris Boatman and Scott Derrickson
Starring Jennifer Morrison, Matthew Davis, Hart Bochner, Loretta Devine, Jospeh Lawerence, Anson Mount, Eva Mendes and Jessica Cauffiel

The first Urban Legends was the last of the 90's glut of the modern self aware slasher films that began with Wes Craven's Scream. I have always enjoyed the original Urban Legends especially for killing Tara Reid. However, I never got around to seeing either of the sequels. But, while I was on vacation I caught the first sequel on cable and finally watched it. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a solid sequel, it did not really add anything new to the formula but was a very competent and serviceable slasher film. It had some good acting with Morrison, Devine and Bochner and the film moved quickly and had some nice grisly kills. It also had a nice nod to the original with it's ending. It had some nods to other seminal horror films, which was fun to pick out as I watched it.
The plot basics are this, we meet a group of college students who are going for their filmmaking degree at Alpine University. Amy Mayfield (Morrison) is having trouble figuring out a subject for her thesis film and she finally figures out one when the security guard at the campus (Devine) tells her about a case where people were being killed off using the mode of urban legends. As she begins to film her film strange things begin happening and she soon discovers someone is killing her cast and crew. She digs around and discovers that someone is angry and killing off anyone who worked on another student's film, who had recently died. This all leads to a suspenseful ending where she discovers who has been killing off everyone.
This was a good little slasher film. The direction by Ottman is good and he keeps the suspense intact till the end, as you think the killer is someone else, but it is someone completely different. The script is good and competent. It moves the story along well with no boring stretches during the film. The cast is good, I especially liked Morrison and Devine. Devine was just as fun as she was in the original Urban Legends. The SFX are great, the kills are grisly and fun to experience. My Favorite had to have been the death of Cauffiel which was well executed and also funny as hell. This is far from a classic , but it is a very entertaining addition to the slasher genre.
This one gets 3 out of 5

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