On A Scale of Scream
To appreciate the movie Urban Legend, a viewer must be aware of elements that are only subtly hmted atin
the final cut. Anyone ignorant of these brilliant, subversive twists would find the movie just plain stupid.
Far apart from the high-concept murderers in recent slasher flicks, the killer actually has supernatural powers
Serving the greatest convenience is the teleportation ability that enables him to step silently out of the closets
his victims run past. Telekinesis allows him to move a wrecked car out of a heavily wooded area without
leaving any evidence. The murderer in I Know What You [Cleavage] Did Last Summer may have had the
posture of a robot assassin from the fiiture, but the psycho in this movie truly possesses capabilities beyond
those of a normal human.
Most viewers would be appalled at one expectation the director makes. As usual, the audience is supposedto
believe that the authorities are blind to the murders being committed. At one point, the mam character’s
roommate is strangled to death and has her wrists slit open. Her blood is used to scrawl a SCARY message™
the wall. The dean’s stance is that she committed suicide with an especially morbid sense of humor.
It is a horror movie, and the plot might not come to its climactic
someone-jumps-in-and-shoots-the-killer-for-our-heroine conclusion if the authorities became involved
before the final fifteen minutes. Still, the trick is to make sure this lack of participation is intelligently forced
In this film it doesn’t seem that way... until you factor in that the college dean (John Neville) is the Well
Manicured Man from The X-Fiks\ He’s the guy who was in charge of the conspiracy until the movie came
out and he decided preparing the Earth for alien invasion would be bad for his grandchildren. Don t believe
It’s the same man? The character has a similar affinity for cars that he displayed in his other movie. Besides,
what better place to orchestrate a conspiracy than on an isolated college campus?
Scrutiny also reveals that the character who takes credit for the murders isn’t the culprit. Another actor is
listed as the killer in the credits! What misdirection!
On a scale of Scream to 4, this movie rates a 2—for Scream 2. Though the film was professionally shot and
mildly humorous, the irony was dull and heavy-handed. Just as in the Scream sequel, the identity of the
murderer obviously depended upon a relationship to the main character that the audience was unaware of
The gore factor was better than in the second Scream, but the suspense depends on an audience’s willingness
to believe that everyone on campus owns the same jacket as the bad guy.
The victims were much more likable than those of other teen thrillers, with the exception of the Natalie
(Alicia Witt), our heroine in hiding. It’s worth noting that Witt bears a disturbing resemblance to the redn»
telepath on Babylon S—both actresses have eyes that turn black when their acting gets worse. Not to be
outdone, afler having their secret identities exposed, the killers in both movies crank up the silly. Call it the
law of The Craft.
My mother s best friend knew a woman who saw Urban Legend and thought it was scary, intelligsn'^
worth paying rental price for.