URBAN LEGEND (Ur’ban Lej’end), n.– a modern-day folktale that appears mysteriously and spreads spontaneously in various forms, containing elements of humor or horror (the horror often “punishes” someone who flouts society’s morals or conventions). Urban legends often have a basis in fact, but it’s their ever-changing lives after the fact that make them intriguing.
Everybody’s heard them… yet they have no traceable source. There’s no proof they really happened… yet they can’t necessarily be proven false. They’re urban legends, contemporary tall tales and bits of macabre mythology that emerge from the underground and take on colorful lives of their own. Like a virus they spread quickly, develop a stubborn staying power as they are passed by whisper from person to person, then come to rest firmly wedged in our collective consciousness. Did Mikey from the Life cereal commercials really die of a lethal combination of Pop Rocks and Pepsi? Are there really mutant alligators living in the sewers of New York City? And everyone knows about the babysitter who received crank calls threatening the children under her care who then traced the calls to the upstairs bedroom. They range from the silly to the sickening – now, in TriStar Pictures’ Urban Legend, a group of students is about to find out that urban legends can be fatal.