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  • Actor Allusion:
    • When Damon (who is played by Joshua Jackson, who played Pacey in Dawson's Creek) starts his car, the radio is playing "I Don't Want To Wait". He is not amused.
    • Brenda is played by former Noxzema spokeswoman Rebecca Gayheart. During the epilogue, a student tells a group of friends about the Pendleton murders and one of them incredulously remarks, "and Brenda is that girl in the Noxzema commercial".
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  • Technology Marches On: In the age of the Internet some people seem to have made debunking urban legends a past-time, so they have a much shorter shelf-life. This makes the characters in the film seem much more naïve.
    • Somewhat averted in the era of "fake news" which has proven that the internet hasn't made people of the 21st century any less naive than the people of the 1990s.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • While Snopes existed at the time of the film's release, it's so widely used now that urban legends tend to have a much shorter shelf life, as a single person in a group of friends doing a Google search can stop a legend in its tracks. The classic decades-old legends are believed by approximately nobody nowadays.
      • Of course this also provides an interesting period piece to the counter argument. Within the film our urban legend debunker is the more academic minded professor trying to dispell them from the more naive college students not with an academic mindset. In the age of Snopes, a lot more people Share that academic mindset and are not stuck in an academic job. While the counter argument sometimes get lumped in as as gullible and fanciful, there are people with more historical mindsets that would say people like this film's professor and the people who run sites like Snopes sometimes put too much faith that there are records (and if they were accurate) to be found in some urban legend cases. While this is not the same thing as believing they are true, but that there's more scrutiny to be done. The arguments in college classrooms of today as such are going to look very different from this film.
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    • The argument between Natalie and Tosh over the latter's internet use hogging the phone line. Anybody who grew up in the days of dial-up internet can attest to those sorts of arguments having been Truth in Television, but with broadband now the default, it dates the film firmly to the '90s.
  • What Could Have Been: A film called Ghosts of Goldfield was originally going to be released as the fourth Urban Legend film, but it was decided at the last minute to release it independently.


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