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Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)


3/10: Urban Legends:Final Cut
Saturday, May 9, 2009

In the wake of Wes Craven's phenomenally successful SCREAM there was an army of cash-in clones that emerged and, sad to say, I was one of those who went and watched a slew of them at the multiplexes. This revisit dredged up all those bad memories of disappointments. Director John Ottman(..who seems to be a jack-of-all-trades, but he wisely decided to compose music instead) and writer Paul Harris Boardman set the film within the trappings of college film-making referencing movies and having characters running around sets getting killed by a masked psycho wearing all black(..I think that's a fencing mask he was wearing, not sure what that was for, but oh well). URBAN LEGENDS:FINAL CUT follows the formula of characters stalked one-by-one, all members of Amy Mayfield's(Jennifer Morrison) crew. There's a link, of course, and it's a irksome twist which leaves a sour taste...

2/10: Entirely predictable slasher sequel isn't a patch on the first
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The sheer boringness of this movie hits me as I sit here and type out the lame, predictable plot. It's yet another predictable slasher fest which bears almost no resemblance to the first film, aside from a recurring character. Only one of the murders seems to actually have been based on an urban legend as well, so the ideas here are pretty loosely tied to the title. It seems to me that the recent frenzy for slasher films is on a downward spiral, what with this and the apparently awful SCREAM 3. Thankfully, I can't see much future in the genre as it now appears that all creativity and original ideas are completely dead... or so I hope. I just know that in all likelihood I'll be proved wrong.Starting off with an amusing reversal of the audience's expectations which I didn't see coming, we immediately meet a group of supremely untalented actors and actresses...

7/10: You know what they say, those who can't do, teach." I rather liked it
Monday, March 5, 2007

Urban Legends: Final Cut is set in the Alpine University film school in Los Angeles where student Amy Mayfield (Jennifer Morrison) is about to make a film in a bid to win the much coveted Hitchcock award, she rounds a few friends up & begins production on a slasher film about a killer who uses urban legends to dispatch his victims. At first things go alright but that changes when Amy discovers a security tape that shows her DP Simon (Marco Hofschneider) have his head bashed in with one of his own camera lens, unfortunately the tape disappears & no-one will believe her when she says she's next on the killers hit list...This Canadian American co-production was co-edited, co-scored & directed by John Ottman & despite it's bad reputation I will both freely & proudly admit that I really rather liked Urban Legends: Final Cut as one of the better recent slashers out there. The script by Paul...

6/10: Even more cutting
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

I will only have spoilers in the last paragraph and I'll be warning everyone of them. Before that, let me point out that the movie overall seems to be more of a sequel in name only. Which does not have to be a bad thing. But if you expect this to continue to develop with survivors from the first one ... well don't.While this has some interesting casting choices (and good ones at that), it does not reach the level the first one had. Its tongue in cheek vibe might also not be everyones cup of tea.And onto the spoilers we go. Right from the start you get one of those scenes that I hate in movies. Not because it is a movie within a movie. Not even because it would have to be quite the elite film school to have equipment like that laying around. But because it makes no sense whatsoever. And yes I know...

2/10: The Final Cut Should Shred This Sh*t
Monday, November 16, 2015

Urban Legends 2: The Final Cut (2000): Dir: John Ottman / Cast: Jennifer Morrison, Matthew Davis, Hart Bochner, Anthony Anderson, Eva Mendes: Nauseating pile of dirt that should be buried in a very deep hole. Subtitle "Final Cut" represents slasher clich├ęs on its physical level but it also addresses the idea that the students are making a film that is probably about as stupid as this one. Young filmmakers attend a school where they hope to obtain the Hitchcock award but this junk lacks everything that made Hitchcock's movies so appealing. One wonders if they have actually seen one of his films, or if attaching his name to this tripe would some how add interest? The characters exist for their execution, which is done in gory detail, including a scene where a female is decapitated via window. That is about the height of creative thought in this garbage. Even the production is enough to make a person laugh. Director John...

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