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10 Films Based on Urban Legends

Urban Legends are the stories we were regaled with as children about horrible things that are purported to be true. No one knows where these rumors begin or how they grow into such popular legend, which only lends to their believability and fascination. These Urban Legends are excellent fodder for moviemakers who know how to make a quick buck and lucky for us, some of them are very entertaining. Here is the Top Ten List of Films based on Urban Legends. Read and enjoy but be careful, some of these may be true! If you really want to find out take a candle into the bathroom tonight and, with the lights out, say Candyman five times into the mirror.

 

10. The Wraith

1986

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The Wraith is an overlooked gem starring Charlie Sheen, John Cassavetes, and Randy Quaid, among others. This is one of those films that you see on your local independent station on Saturday afternoons and think, “hmmm, I forgot about that one.” Urban legends about immortal cars and their ghost drivers have been around since the 50’s and almost always involve revenge. Perhaps the most famous of these films waits for you in the number nine spot with the motor running.

9. Christine

1983

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Stephen King knows what it takes to bring an Urban Legend to life and does so quite eerily with Christine. Nerdy Arnie is a lonely kid who only has one friend, that is, until he meets Christine. Unfortunately, Christine is a very jealous car. Although owning Christine has given Arnie more confidence and purpose, she is a vindictive bitch who has killed before. When Arnie and his newfound confidence score a girlfriend, Christine starts killing again, and again, and…well, you get the picture. How cool is it that Christine is a 1958 Plymouth Fury? It is very cool. John Carpenter directs.

8. Maximum Overdrive

1986

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Another Car movie (sort of) and another one of Martin Sheen’s kids get in on the fun as Maximum Overdrive rounds off our first 3 spots as we count our way down the list. The Character portrayed by Emilio Estevez finds himself trapped in a diner along with several other travelers as the earth’s movement through the tail of a comet brings machines to life. Their vehicles literally try to kill them but not before demanding that they pump a little fuel for them. Don’t you hate it when that happens? This was Stephen’s first attempt at directing. We can only hope it will be his last.

7. Urban Legend

1998

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The original Urban Legend is about a killer that uses urban legends as his M.O. and hits the list at a trot, the second and third installments slip further and further from the original premise. It is okay though because the acting is pretty good and there is plenty of blood and sometimes too much plot. The original has the killer following the pattern of legends that we all heard as kids and is pretty creepy. The very first kill is the stuttering gas station attendant who we believe to be harassing a girl but in reality, he was trying to warn her there is someone in her back seat. The next victim is the boyfriend hung from a tree with his fingers scraping the top of the car with the girl in it. Several other legends are carried out in gruesome detail. If you like urban legends then you’ll love Urban Legend.

6. Popcorn

1991

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Popcorn is pop corny. This would include the corny tag line of the movie poster, “Buy a bag; Go home in a box.” Being corny actually works in this films favor and it turns out to be very entertaining. I have to wonder why anyone would want to go to college, as being a college student seems to be pretty hazardous to your health, at least, if you gauge it by slasher movie standards. In this flick, college students hold a horror film festival. Unfortunately for them, the theater they choose is being stalked by a killer. The bodies pile up one by one until a few of the more resilient students maneuver their way around a plot with more obvious twists than a pair of pretzels playing twister, and figure out what’s going on.

Top 10 Disgusting Seafood Delicacies

Tired of the hum-drum, boring selection of foods available at your local grocery store or restaurant? Think maybe a mouthful of decaying flesh, urine-scented jelly or still-squirming critters are more to your taste (literally)? In that case, take a glance at this list of truly disgusting seafood delicacies. Warning: unless you regularly dine like a Disney villain, it may spoil your appetite.

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10 Historical Bizarre Deaths

10-historical-bizarre-deathsThere are more ways to die than you could possibly imagine. Fortunately, there are more ways to live as well. It would be impossible to document all the wild and bizarre scenarios in which people have met their final moments. However, the following list makes the attempt to show some of the weirdest and most bizarre ways in which these semi-famous people bought the farm. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the 10 Historic Bizarre Deaths list.

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Top 10 Disgusting Exotic Jobs

The definition of disgusting is two vampires fighting over a bloody kotex. top-10-disgusting-exotic-jobsEven more disgusting than this, however, would be the job of the guy (or gal) who has to clean up after them. Speaking of disgusting jobs, here is the Top Ten Most Disgusting Jobs List. If you have a job that is more disgusting than the jobs on this list, you can look on these gross positions with an envious eye (and nose) and sigh because you have earned the right to be depressed. Go, and drink yourself to death with our blessings.

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Top Ten Beautiful Alien-Like Places on Earth

Some of the most beautiful places in the world look like they belong on another planet. These alien-like places are few and far between. While most of them are under strict control today, we almost lost many of them due to neglect and the natural progression of the population. If you ever want to know what it feels like to be on an alien planet, these wonderful and beautiful locations are as close as you can come. Read on and enjoy the stirring pictures of the top ten beautiful alien-like places on earth. If you have ever been to any of these or others that belong here, let us know what it was like in comments!

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Top 10 Pathetic Movie Villains

top-10-pathetic-movie-villainsAll movie heroes live or die because of the villains. If not for Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker would have had a humdrum (yes, ho-hum, too) background; Batman would have been fighting grime instead of crime if The Joker wasn’t there for him to figure out; and James Bond would probably be working in a small cubicle filing documents if it weren’t for Blofeld, et al. But just as there are ersatz super heroes, there are also cardboard cut-out, cheap copy cat, discounted price villain understudies whose sole reason for existence is to merely get kicked around by the heroes. So let’s celebrate the top 10 pathetic movie villains in cinema history; these miserable guys who either lack the power, the competence or clearly don’t have a clue on how to be fantastic bad guys, they obviously wouldn’t know how to take over the universe if they were the last ten people alive on Earth.

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Top 10 Macabre Museums

Warning: Disturbing Images

Top-10-macabre-museumsAre you the kind of person who likes to go to museums? You might change your mind once you have visited some of these totally macabre keepers of the dead. To imagine that there is so much pain and suffering in this world and to be grateful that it has not happened to you are just a few of the feeling you can leave these museums with as you try to find your way back to the safety and sanity of your life. Good luck with that.

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Top 10 Causes of Death in Humans

Death, it is as inevitable and inescapable as…well, there is nothing with which it compares. There is just no way around it. Without death, however, there would be no human race. There would be no room for it. We have one planet, just one. As part of a checks and balances system we have to die in order to continue to exist as a species. Every human being understands this, deep down, at our core. With our population growing faster than our life spans can check our growth, we will very soon out grow our living space so without knowing it, we help death along by killing enough of our own to try to maintain the balance. Nature does her part as well. Here are the top ten things that kill people most in the world so that we do not become as extinct as the dinosaurs before us that faced a similar problem. (and you see how that turned out).

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Top 10 Unusual Ways to Dispose of the Dead

Death and taxes may be two things in life you can be sure of, but when it comes to that last big sent off, customs can be as different as day and night. While every culture honors the memory of the departed in some way, just what those ways are tends to reflect that society’s lifestyle, beliefs, and superstitions. Burying the dead is seen as a respectful way of keeping the corpse away from animal scavengers while providing closure for the living. With that in mind, looking at the most bizarre burial customs will give us a unique look into the heart and soul of people around the world.

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Top 10 Notable Large Artillery Pieces

If you look at the modern artillery that contemporary armies use today, you wouldn’t believe how far they’ve truly come. Large artillery has existed in some shape or size for centuries. If you looked back to the medieval times, the heavy mortar cannons of their day were huge wooden catapults and trebuchets launching gigantic boulders or flaming tar barrels. With the discovery of gunpowder and the progress of military weaponry, the destructive force has become more menacing, but the devices have gotten gradually smaller. Here we look back at the iconic and infamous milestones in the history of large artillery, there are a few surprises too.

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