The Rabid Dog’s House is a recurring feature at Wicked Horror where contributor Justin Steele uncovers hidden gems, lost classics, and overlooked indie offerings. Flying solo or with his co-host Zena Dixon, he will discuss an array of topics covering film, literature, and television. Check out the latest installment below. In this episode we’re looking back at 2000’s Urban Legends: Final Cut!
Also known as Urban Legends 2, this sequel to 1998’s hit Urban Legend follows a new group of college students with a few familiar faces thrown in. Amy (Jennifer Morrison) is reminded of the events of the previous film by survivor Reese (Loretta Devine), of which are now ironically considered to be their own urban legend myth. Newly inspired Amy decides to do her thesis film based on the notion of urban legends and soon finds herself stalked by a masked stranger that is unfortunately trying to bring her ideas to life. Amy and her classmates need to put aside their own competitive natures in order to solve the mystery before they also become the stuff of urban legend.
Directed by John Ottman, Urban Legends: Final Cut is a fun and thrilling roller coaster of a ride that manages to succeed where many horror sequels fail. This sequel takes a risk in bringing on new settings and characters while sprinkling surviving cast members into the mix. This one balances the meta elements of the Scream generation of films with genuine scares and welcomed comedy.