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I Know What You Did Last Summer
(1997)
Reviewed by John Perry
Rating: 2 Beans

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evin Williamson, the man who wrote the surprise hit "Scream", did a great job at blending shocks and humour in a film that made fun of those slasher flicks from the 1980s. It's quite a pity to see his next project, "I Know What You Did Last Summer", fall right in with those forgettable flicks. What's worse, it's more like an after-school special with violence than a true shocker.

Four high school grads take off to a deserted beach and tell ghost stories, have sex, drink, etc. (you know the routine). While driving back to town, they accidentally hit a pedestrian, who they assume is dead. Afraid they will get in trouble for what they've done, they decide to dump the body and tell nobody that anything happened. However, an instant before they dump the body, it comes back alive (merely shock value to make the audience jump).

One year later, one of the girls, Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt of "Party of Five"), returns from her first year of college. A mental wreck, she keeps to herself and is suspected of taking drugs by her mom. Things get weird when she receives a letter, reading only the words: I know what you did last summer. She reunites with her estranged friend Helen (Sarah Michelle Gellar of TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), and their ex-boyfriends Ray and Barry. While they try to decipher what is going on, a dark figure in a black raincoat with a fishhook begins stalking them. As well, this killer is also killing the would-be suspects of the story for no apparent reason (probably just for some scary scenes to keep the audience from falling asleep).

There are some relatively frightening scenes in "I Know What You Did Last Summer", it's just that they don't hold a candle to "Scream" or "Halloween". As well, once the mystery unravels by the end, it's very tempting to watch it over again and pick out the obvious plot-holes gaping out in the storyline.


Other reviews for this movie:

Chris Bjuland
Randal Chou
Nicholas D'Amico
Scott Murdock
Ken M. Wilson




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