people seem to think they have hit on quite a gimmick in these post-Scream
days. Why not take all those famous myths and campfire stories that
have been passed down the line and dramatize them… converting them
into gruesome murders?
still just a cliché.
bad that no one ever considered that even when you embrace and
wallow in a cliché, it doesn’t change the fact that it is
This film is set in what must be the world’s most low-rent
film college where everyone has to make a horror film in order to
win a scholarship (what happened to film schools wanting you to
emulate Truffaut, Sturges or Fellini…? This school apparently wants
you to be Tobe Hooper.)
All the stupid standards of the genre are slavishly adhered
to, without the slightest hint of irony. No one calls the police
even though students are being butchered at an alarming rate.
Students go out to investigate strange noises in the dark alone.
Our heroine puts her trust and her life in the hands of a man she
has just met (although in what may be the one original idea in the
movie, he doesn’t turn out to be the killer.) These kids are so
dumb that they probably deserve to die.
The only thing I could think was: how did once-respected
actors like Joey Lawrence (Blossom),
Loretta Devine (Waiting to
Exhale) and Hart Bochner (Breaking
Away) get stuck in tripe like this? This movie doesn’t
even live up to the low standard that the first
Urban Legend set.
Jay S. Jacobs
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Posted: September 28, 2000.