Urban Legends (Ultimate Box Set) [DVD] 
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Box set containing all three movies from the 'Urban Legends' trilogy. In 'Urban Legend' (1998), when a bizarre series of deaths occur on the campus of Pendleton college, student Natalie (Alicia Witt) starts to believe that they are somehow linked to various urban legends. Her classmates are dismissive, claiming that the deaths are just freak coincidences, but as Natalie investigates more closely she realises that not only is there a sinister pattern behind the murders, but she may well be the next victim. In 'Urban Legends 2 - The Final Cut' (2000), the students at Alpine University have staged a competition to see who can make the best horror film. But when production begins on Amy's entry, the actress Sandra is slain by a masked killer and the murder is captured on film. Many of Amy's fellow students believe the murder to be a fake, but when the killer strikes again (and again and again) the evidence becomes impossible to ignore. Finally, in 'Urban Legends - Bloody Mary' (2005), an urban legend is re-enacted as three teenage girls mysteriously disappear on homecoming night. The next day they resurface with no memory of their disappearance. Those responsible for the prank begin to be killed off one by one in urban legend fashion while one of the homecoming girls and her brother must solve the mystery behind the murders and its connection to the past before it's too late.
An attractive young woman is driving her car on a dark country road and singing along to the radio. She's running out of gas and so she pulls into a gas station (run by a jittery, stuttering Brad Dourif) but then flees what seems to be an attack, only to find the real threat in her backseat: a hooded killer with an axe who takes her head off with a well-aimed swing. You've heard the story before? Not surprising, given that it's one of the more famous urban legends borrowed for Urban Legend, a post-Scream exercise in self-referential horror. The students at an ivy-covered New England college are turning up dead, the victims of a serial killer who murders in the fashion of the "apocryphal" modern myths. It's all for the benefit of good girl with a dark secret Alicia Witt, the sole witness to most of the killings. Doe-eyed Rebecca Gayheart, as her gullible best friend, and Jared Leto, the ambitious campus journalist who tracks down the secret that hangs over the school, lead a cast of pretty young women, hunky guys and campus characters, notably the suspicious professor Robert Englund, a genre legend in his own right as the star of seven Nightmare on Elm Street films. Take away the cheeky remarks and self-awareness and it's a throwback to the 1970s' rash of teen slasher movies, where sexually active teens are sliced, diced and otherwise slaughtered in elaborate and ingenious ways. The increasingly preposterous film is no Scream but the modestly stylish production has its moments. --Sean Axmaker --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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The first two films are very similar in style and consist of a number of Urban Legends held together by a basic storyline. In effect each murder almost works as separate act or scene. They quite comfortably fit into the slasher/gore school of shocks and provide some good jumpy moments. The third film was a direct to DVD and does not suffer too badly from its low budget, holding its own against the others, but its more a supernatural detective story with some scary moments.
All come with much the same extras; Language selection [English & either German or Spanish, depending on the disc], subtitles [14 dropping to 5 on the last –almost all being European], scene selection, play and some other extras being mostly making of or commentaries.
Overall each film gets a **** rating, but that doesn’t mean they are all as good as one another. It all depends on your preference, whether it’s shock/horror or storyline/shocker you want. If you like being scared, get them, but try the box set as it will work out cheaper -especially second hand as its usually the outer card box that will carry any damage/wear.
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