Throughout the centuries myths and folktales have enjoyed immense popularity in society and although the phrase “urban legend” is synonymous in most people’s minds with “false belief,” the term actually indicates a more complex social phenomenon related to the production and transmission of folk narratives—narratives which are indeed usually false, but which can also, on rare occasions, prove to be true.
So what is an urban legend after all? A fictional story of a sick and sneaky mind, or the exception that proves the rule? Some directors have tried to answer these questions for us, sometimes with great success, but unfortunately in most cases they only succeeded to contribute more “B movies” to the film industry.
Below are the list of the best urban legend movies ever made. This urban legend movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about urban legend are at the top of the list. The films on this list are the most famous urban legend movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already.
This list answers the questions, "What are the best urban legend movies?" and "What is the greatest urban legend movie of all time?"
Various bits of information are included with these popular urban legend movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these urban legend movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good urban legend movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
Three film students travel to Maryland to make a student film about a local urban legend... The Blair Witch. The three went into the woods on a two day hike to find the Blair Witch, and never came back. One year later, the students film and video were found in the woods. The footage was compiled and made into a movie. The Blair Witch Project.
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Max Renn is the President of Channel 83 Civic-TV, a small television station on the UHF dial. He defends his programming of largely X-rated shows - which depict graphic sex and extreme violence - as a pure matter of economic survival as a small station. Behind closed doors in specific company, he would admit that he enjoys such programming, but as President will stay away from associated activities that may be dangerous for him in its purchase. His current girlfriend, radio personality Nicki Brand, who he met on a television talk show, is sexually aroused by light mutilation on her person, that despite or because her radio show is like an open air crisis hotline. On that same talk show, the other guest via video feed was Professor Brian O'Blivion - solely his stage name - who believes that television and video broadcasts will one day overtake the world as reality, which may make Max's programming in combination more dangerous. In Max's search for the next big thing in like programming already on Channel 83, Harlan, his pirater who scans satellite signals, illegally obtains a satellite feed of something called Videodrome, which depicts continual sexualized torture and murder with no storyline of which to speak. The background behind Videodrome is unknown, but believing it is that big thing for which he is looking, Max is determined to find the producers so that he can purchase it for his station. He is concerned for Nicki if she goes ahead against his warnings in wanting to appear on Videodrome, however it does not lessen his desire to purchase it. If Max in turn does not heed the warning of Masha, one of his long time show suppliers, based on what little she discovers about it, Max may discover that Videodrome is just the next but destructive step in O'Blivion's prognostication.
IMDB Rating: 7.3
To cash in on all of the "real world" hype of the events in the first film, a man from Burkitsville, Maryland opens a "Blair Witch Hunt" tour, which shows patrons various locations from the original film. A bunch of college students decide to take the tour, and wind up in Rustin Parr's house. There, they decide to camp for the evening, but in the morning, they realize they didn't sleep and they don't remember anything that happened the previous night. From there, they go back to town, and discover that something...or someone has come with them.
IMDB Rating: 4
A young photographer Thun and his girlfriend Jane discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after fleeing the scene of an accident. As they investigate the phenomenon, they find other photographs contain similar supernatural images, that Thun's best friends are being haunted as well, and Jane discovers that her boyfriend has not told her everything. It soon becomes clear that you can not escape your past.
IMDB Rating: 7.1