Released in 1998 on the heels of Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban Legend focuses on a group of college students who are suddenly preyed upon, one by one, by a vicious killer who uses various "urban legends" as inspiration for the elaborate slayings. Featuring memorable performances from Jared Leto, Tara Reid, Alicia Witt, and most especially, Rebecca Gayheart.
Urban Legend is one of the classic late-nineties horror films, a deliciously campy outing that has received the royal treatment from the folks at Shout Factory.
Next up is Valentine, which was released in 2001. At the 1988 high school prom, several young girls reject the advances of nerdy Jeremy Melton, who simply wants to dance with one of them. When one of them finally says yes, it ends with an unforgivable act of cruelty at Jeremy's expense.
Years later, all of the girls have grown into gorgeous women. Around Valentine's Day, they start to receive threatening Valentine's day cards. One girl receives a box of chocolate covered maggots. Before long, they are being stalked and killed by a man wearing an ominous cupid mask. There are many twists and turns to be had before the shocking ending.
Starring Denise Richards, Katherine Heigl, and Jessica Capshaw, Valentine is an atmospheric and suitably creepy horror-mystery from Jamie Blanks. Like Urban Legend, it arrives through Shout Factory in a deluxe collectors edition Blu-ray.
Both of these releases are highly recommended for horror fans!