Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)

John Ottman is a man of many skills, including editing (The Usual Suspects, Bryan Singer’s X-Men movies) and composing (Bohemian RhapsodyHalloween H2O). This is the only film that he directed.

That’s a shame because while most critics hated this movie, I really enjoyed it. Then again, any movie that has shout outs to Peeping TomBlack Christmas and a killer who looks like he walked out of a giallo is going to win me over.

Reese Wilson — yes, the security guard from the first movie — tells Amy Mayfield (Jennifer Morrison, TV’s House) about the murders that happened at the last school she worked for. This inspires her to create a movie all about a serial killer inspired by urban legends, which is ironic, as one of her classmates is soon killed after her organs are harvested. She wakes up in a bathtub of ice and is chased by the killer before being decapitated by a window. And here you thought I was making up the Argento influence. To top that off, there’s a scene where everyone thinks they’re watching the film when they are all watching a real murder, a nice subversion that is classic giallo.

To top that off, at the end of the thrill ride of murder in this one, the close ties it in quite well with the first movie. Trust me. I won’t spoil it for you.

You can get this on blu ray from Shout! Factory.

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