Thursday Movie Picks Halloween Edition: Folk or Urban Legend

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Continuing our little horror themed series for October, today we’re talking about Folk or Urban Legend movies!

#1 Urban Legend

Probably the most obvious pick but it’s kind of an iconic one. The list wouldn’t be complete this week without Urban Legend!

#2 Trick R Treat

I thouroughly enjoyed the concept of this one. It includes quite a lot of themes that fit the topic perfectly. A rewatch is due very soon!

#3 Blair Witch Project

Essentially the plot of this is that a bunch of young filmmakers heard out to explore some urband legend and things go wrong. I never found this movie particularly scaring but it’s a great fit for today’s topic

What’s your favorite film featuring folk tales or urban legends? Let me know in the comments!

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10 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks Halloween Edition: Folk or Urban Legend

  1. Oh dear I’m 0 for 3 on yours this week.

    I thought of Urban Legend too but not having seen it I couldn’t use it but it is a perfect fit. I remember when Blair Witch Project was out and a huge thing. I was tempted to see it but everyone, and I do mean everyone, I knew who saw it said it was weak so I didn’t bother.

    I went with a mix of folklore and urban legends for my three this week.

    So Long at the Fair (1950)-Young Vicky Barton (Jean Simmons) and her brother Johnny (David Tomlinson-Mary Poppins’ Mr. Banks) arrive in Paris from Britain to see the 1889 Exposition Universelle. They check into their hotel and after a night on the town Vicky retires while Johnny lingers over a late-night drink. The next morning Vicky finds a blank wall where her brother’s room was. Asking Madame Hervé (Cathleen Nesbitt), the hotel’s owner the woman claims the girl arrived unescorted. Alone and adrift in a strange city Vicky struggles to prove her brother exists but romantic stranger George Hathaway (Dirk Bogarde) may hold the key to the mystery. Derived from the 19th century urban legend “The Vanishing Lady”.

    The Juniper Tree (1990)-Their mother burned for witchcraft two Icelandic sisters, Margit (Bjork) and her elder sister Katla, flee looking for a place where no one knows them. They meet young widower Jóhann and his son Jónas. Katla bewitches Jóhann and the sisters move in. Margit befriends the boy, but he rejects Katla as his stepmother. Shortly apparitions of both deceased mothers appear (as a spirit and raven respectively), and the situation becomes fraught with danger. Based on a Brothers Grimm folktale.

    Dead Man on Campus (1998)-College freshmen Josh (Tom Everett Scott) and Cooper (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) are party animals who take little time to study, and their poor grades are about to get them kicked out. They begin to despair but discover an outlandish college code that grants a suicide victim’s roommates automatic straight A’s! They think they’ve happened upon the answer but sharing space with a lineup of lunatics may just drive both boys crazy. Inspired by an urban legend.

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