Urban Menace
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Directed byAlbert Pyun
Written byHannah Blue
Andrew Markell
Tim Story
Produced byPaul Rosenblum
Tom Karnowski
Mark Allen
StarringSnoop Dogg
Big Pun
Fat Joe
CinematographyPhilip Alan Waters
Edited byErrin Vasquez
Distributed byFilmwerks
Imperial Entertainment
Release date
  • 1999 (1999)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States

Urban Menace is a 1999 horror film directed by Albert Pyun and starring Snoop Dogg, Big Pun, Ice-T and Fat Joe.


After a church burning in which a preacher and his family are killed, the preacher's insane ghost (Snoop Dogg) starts killing off the members of the gang responsible.[1][2][3]



Director Pyun shot Urban Menace simultaneously with The Wrecking Crew and Corrupt in a derelict factory in Eastern Europe, originally intending Urban Menace and The Wrecking Crew as sections of a single film; the producers decided to make two films. The budget only permitted two stuntmen, making deaths repetitive. Pyun often superimposed the stars' faces onto stand-ins. Half the finished film was lost in transit, requiring substitution of rough duplicate footage; large parts of Urban Menace are in black and white and the photography is often blurry.[4]


The film was regarded as low-quality; the DVD provides an option of skipping it and simply listening to Ice-T rapping.[3] However, one critic praises the hip-hop and rap soundtrack and crisp sound effects.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Urban Menace (1999), Rotten Tomatoes, retrieved July 31, 2017.
  2. ^ Urban Menace (1999) (V), Movie Review Query Engine, retrieved July 31, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Robin R. Means Coleman, Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present, New York: Routledge, 2011, ISBN 9780415880190, p. 200.
  4. ^ a b Douglas Pratt, Doug Pratt's DVD: Movies, Television, Music, Art, Adult, and More!, New York: Harbor, 2004, ISBN 9781932916003, p. 1299.