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"Urban Legend" is different from both the earlier movies, yet it has stolen some attributes from each one. It is very much a slasher movie with a disguised killer going out and murdering people for revenge, just like "Halloween". It includes some very gruesome and bloody scenes, very much like "Jaws". Unlike both movies, Urban Legend did not rely on a good soundtrack to assist with the horror. Urban Legend used creative and humorous ways to entertain and scare its audience.

A good example is when Natalie doesn't turn on the light in her room, thinking her roommate is "busy" but later finds out that she was getting murdered. The setting of the movie is generally an isolated town, and most murders occur at night. Most of the houses/buildings in which murders occur have stairs in them and quite a few shock tactics are used. The radio studio chase sequence is a perfect example of the use of stairways in this movie, much like Halloween's use of stairways. This movie also has an element of mystery, not only for the characters, but for the viewers as well. For almost the entire movie we are unaware who the murderer is. Because of this, it is like we are stepping in the victim's shoes because we are as confused as they are. POV shots are not used in this movie at all. In this film the horror comes from the reality of Urban Legends coming true and of being chased.

>And suddenly it didn't seem to matter any more, nothing would ever matter if she could turn over, turn over and see the stars, turn over and look once and die. (King 180) In the end Carrie didn't care about whether or not she was liked she only cared that she did

At the end of the fairytale, the child experiences not only moral edification, but also a sense of catharsis for having lived through an often frightful experience.' (Alexander 235)

But if Carrie White's natural mother, like the fairy tale stepmother, tries to repress the girls's budding sexuality, Susan Snell, assuming the role of a fairy tale natural parent, gives Carrie Tommy Ross and at the Spring Prom, Carrie White blossoms in her womanly

Her stepmother the Queen was jealous of Snow White's beauty, so she forced her to work as a servant. But the other servants and her animal friends loved her, even though she was dressed in rags' (Disney 193). King too has a deeper meaning, that everything is not

The fairy tale answers the child's psychic needs. Stephen King too reserves a deeper subtextual meaning for Carrie when he states on the very first page of his novel: >Nobody was really surprised when it happened, not really, not at the subconscious level where savage things grow' (Alexander 283).

Although Stephen King's novel, Carrie, is considered a horror, it can also been seen as a modern day fairytale, through setting, character development, and plot. Carrie follows that outline of many common fairytales, but can be ...
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