"For the same effect, just watch a badly dubbed copy of 'Scream'"
An urban legend serial killer? Seems unlikely.Here's the pitch: Let's get some semi-popular young stars, mainly known for their television work, and stick them in a slasher flick! We can make pop culture allusions and be self-referential, and the kids will eat it up!
In short, we'll rip off "Scream"!
Pointing out how "Urban Legend" rips off "Scream" has been done to death by every critic out there, but it's important to recognize source material. "Scream" was fun and exciting and witty because it recognized what it was "borrowing" from, and did so with a certain respect. "Urban Legend" is ripping off a rip-off, and the second-generation degradation shows.
It's not even that the cast is so bad. No great performances here, but leads Alicia Witt (who's supposedly smart---why'd she do this?) and Jared Leto don't embarass themselves. Sadly, the same can't be said for most anyone else. Maybe they'd be helped along if the script or the director had any sense of pacing or suspense. Synergy, people!
Not many pluses, but it's always cool to see Brad Dourif show up. And I did chuckle a couple of times. But that's it. Horror films are made to scare you, and this one didn't even come close.An "Urban Legend" sequel? Seems unlikely.