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Urban Legend

Another revival in the teen slasher genre which owes its entire sensibility (and existence) to Scream. A college co-ed (Alicia Witt) is terrorized as her friends are offed one by one, each in the manner of a different urban legend. Nothing here of great interest, except for the strong presence of Witt, who proves herself a better actress than any of her more famous counterparts struggling through similar material these days. It's also refreshing that after a few self-referential nods at the beginning, this horror film actually sets its smirking cultural savvy aside and gets on with some satisfying killing. Also with Jared Leto, Rebecca Gayheart, and Robert Englund. Good 2.35:1 widescreen transfer (w/optional pan-and-scan), with soundtracks in 5.1 digital and Dolby 2.0 Surround. Extras include audio commentary by first-time director Jamie Blanks, novice screenwriter Silvio Horta, and supporting actor Michael Rosenbaum; cast and crew bios, a making-of featurette, and trailers.
—Joe Barlow



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