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
Ice-T
Fat Joe
CinematographyPhilip Alan Waters
Edited byErrin Vasquez
Distributed byFilmwerks
Imperial Entertainment
Release date
  • 1999 (1999)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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

Premise

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]

Cast

Production

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]

Reception

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

References

  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.