Urban Legends (1998)

Director
Bill Osco

Main cast
Dino Lee; Diane M. Nelson; Carl Crew; Bob Blaine

Genres
Horror

Description
Talk show host Rusty Defage introduces a series of short pieces that relate urban legends from around America in this anthology film.


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