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Urban Legends: Final Cut is a 2000 slasher film; the first sequel to 1998's Urban Legend. It stars Jennifer Morrison, Matthew Davis, Hart Bochner, and Eva Mendes. The movie was directed by John Ottman who also both edited the movie and composed the score.

Plot

The film opens with a flight attendant attacking passengers and crew at an airplane, which turns out to be a scene in a film shooting at a film academy. As the students are preparing for their thesis films and the prestigious Hitchcock award, Amy is unsure about her thesis but after a conversation with security guard Reese Wilson (who got transferred after the events of the first film) she decides to make a film about a serial killer murdering in the fashion of urban legends.

Meanwhile, someone drugs Lisa's drink and later abducts the dizzy woman. She wakes up in a bath-tub filled with ice as the victim of a kidney heist. Attacked by her abductor, she tries to flee through the window and is decapitated in the process. Lisa is not missed as she was about to go on a trip.

Amy is preparing the shooting of her thesis film but is deserted by the assigned camera man, Toby Belch, who accuses Amy of stealing his thesis idea. Shooting begins the next day with another camera man, Simon. When Sandra, who played the victim in that scene, returns to the empty studio, she is attacked by the killer. Her friends witness her death when the material is smuggled into a sequence of takes of the scene, but discount it as another piece of acting, wondering who shot it. As there is no body and Sandra was about to go on a trip, her disappearance goes unnoticed.

Next, Travis, a friend of Amy who was depressed about having received a poor grade on his thesis film, is found to have committed suicide at the campus tower. At the funeral, Amy is offered help by Graham, a student from a prosperous Hollywood background. She refuses, wishing to make it on her own, which an offended Graham thinks hypocritical as Amy grew up in Hollywood as the daughter of a famous documentary film maker before moving to Chicago. At night, Amy enters the tower and is surprised by Trevor, Travis' hitherto unknown brother, who claims that Travis was murdered.

The next night, Simon is attacked by the killer wearing a fencing mask but his screaming for help goes unnoticed as the others are doing the "midnight scream". Amy, who has heard his last scream on her head phones, is suspicious and asks Reese to review the surveillance tapes. After she has detected the assault on Simon on the tapes, she is confronted by the killer. During the ensuing chase, she loses the tapes and cannot prove her claims to a skeptical Reese.

Amy now believes the claims of Trevor and meets up with him but he still refuses to inform the police, hinting at a criminal past.

The next scene to be shot involves the "Tunnel of Terror", which is set up in an old carnival ride. Sophomores Stan and Dirk are attacked and electrocuted by the killer while preparing the tunnel. Amy, who is taking a tour of the tunnel, discovers the corpses and is again confronted by the killer. She escapes again and informs the police, which attributes the deaths to accidental electrocution.

Amy is comforted by Trevor. We see the two having sex when Trevor suddenly stabs Amy. She wakes up and realises that it was only a dream. Seeing a light at the belltower, she goes there and finds Vanessa. Vanessa received a love note supposedly written by Amy but when Amy disclaims any knowledge of such a note, the two are attacked by the killer and chased to the top of the tower, where Vanessa is captured, while Amy is locked in a room also containing Sandra's and Simon's corpses. When Amy manages to break out, she finds Vanessa being hung from the bell.

She runs out of the tower into the arms of Trevor, who has found out that the thing in common to all the victims was their having worked on Travis's thesis film. They review Travis' film, which turns out to be awful, and find out that somebody placed Travis' credits unto another film. They suspect Toby, the only person working on the film to be still alive. They kidnap him and call in Professor Solomon to present their suspicions.

However, Toby reveals that Travis faked Toby's sound credit to help him graduate. Upset that he gave Toby "an A for nothing", Professor Solomon shoots Toby and threatens Amy and Trevor. He also reveals that he shot Travis. Holding Trevor hostage, Solomon calls out Amy. He reveals feeling trapped in a teaching position since failing to win the Hitchcock award in his student days for which he blames Amy's father, who cast the deciding vote against him. He now wanted to take credit for Travis' brilliant film and use Amy's Urban Legend film to eliminate all who worked with Travis, also framing Amy in the process.

Graham, who has been lurking in the back all the time, hits Solomon with a chair but is shot by the professor. In the confusion, Trevor manages to disarm the professor. Then, Solomon threatens Trevor with a shovel while Amy got a hold of the gun and threatens the professor. Reese storms in and, thinking Amy to be the killer, forces her to drop the gun. Solomon accuses Amy by noting that Reese saw Amy running out of the tower. As Reese never told anyone about this, she becomes suspicious and punches the professor. He tries to take her gun but in the ensuing brawl, Reese's gun is lost among a pile of prop guns. Amy, Trevor and Solomon all grab for a gun. Amy got a hold of Reese's gun but hesitates to fire but as Solomon attacks her again, she shoots him.

Then scene then cuts to the Hitchcock awards, where an award is posthumously given to Travis. As Trevor is about to accept the award on his late brother's behalf, a sniper appears in the rafters but is shot down by Reese. The altercation is then revealed to be a scene is Amy's new film "Urban Legends". We also see that Toby and Graham survived their gun shot wounds and are now busily working on her behalf.

The final scenes show Solomon in a mental institution where, after watching Amy's film, he is wheeled out by a nurse, who happens to be Brenda, the previous film's killer.

Urban legends used in the film

The following urban legends are mentioned or depicted in the film:
  • Lisa is drugged at a bar and wakes up in a bath tub of ice, her kidney being removed.
  • Amy recounts a legend about students screaming at midnight to relieve tension, causing a brutal assault to go unnoticed. This is later re-enacted in Simon's death.
  • Sandra tells of a burito contaminated with roach eggs, which then hatch inside a girl's nose and of a chicken sandwich containing pus from the chicken's tumor.
  • Vanessa warns Travis that cell phones cause cancer.
  • The first scene of Amy's film has a girl discovering the corpse of her dog, who supposedly licked her hand at night, in the shower, with the message "Humans can lick too."
  • The basis for one of the scenes in Amy's film is a carnival displaying fake corpses in a "Tunnel of Terror". As the carnival moves on, several children are missing and the fake corpses are revealed to be real.


Cast

Actor Character
Jennifer Morrison Amy Mayfield
Matthew Davis Trevor Stark/Travis Stark
Hart Bochner Professor Solomon
Joey Lawrence Graham Manning
Loretta Devine Reese Wilson
Anson Mount Toby Belcher
Eva Mendes Vanessa Valdeon
Marco Hofschneider Schorm "Simon" Jabuscko
Jessica Cauffiel Sandra Petruzzi
Jacinda Barrett Lisa
Anthony Anderson Stan Washington
Michael Bacall Dirk
Rebecca Gayheart Brenda Bates


Production



Box office

The film brought in $21,468,807 in the United States and brought in $17,105,555 overseas, bringing its total box office revenue to $38,574,362. The film was considered a moderate success, due to the budget of the film being $14,000,000. However, the film only grossed about half of what the first movie brought in ($72,000,000).

Reception

The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews, with 9% positive reviews from Rotten Tomatoes.

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