“ Genre: Crime & Thriller - Thriller / Theatrical Release: 1997 / Director: Jim Gillespie / Actors: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar ... / DVD released 21 May, 1999 at Entertainment in Video / Features of the DVD: PAL, Widescreen „
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RELEASED: 1997, Cert.15
RUNNING TIME: Approx. 96 mins
DIRECTOR: Jim Gilespie
PRODUCER: Neal H Mortiz
SCREENPLAY: Kevin Williamson
MUSIC: John Debney
Ryan Phillippe as Barry (the aggressive drunk one)
Jennifer Love Hewitt as Julie (the dark-haired girl)
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Helen (the beauty queen blonde girl)
Freddie Prinze Jr.as Ray (the dark-haired guy, well-behaved one)
FILM ONLY REVIEW
The setting is North Carolina, and four teens, Barry, Julie, Ray and Helen go for a late night drive to celebrate the evening's event of Helen winning a local beauty queen contest.
Ray is driving the four of them around in Barry's car, as Barry is very drunk...aggressive with it too. On a lonely, winding, seaside road whilst Barry is fooling around and distracting Ray from concentrating on his driving, a man runs out in front of the car and gets hit....when Ray goes to feel the man's pulse, he discovers he is dead.
Panic-stricken and after much heated arguing about what they are going to do, the teenagers dump the dead body into the sea.
A year later and after having had no contact with the other three, Julie returns home from college in New York. Shortly after her arrival, she receives an anonymous letter stating that the author knows what she did last summer.
Julie gets back into contact with Barry, Ray and Helen, and before long it appears somebody is out to exact revenge for what happened on that fateful night one year earlier.
All four teens are now in danger, and who is the cloaked, masked, meat-hook brandishing figure who appears at the most inopportune moments?
Watch it yourself to find out more.
I Know What You Did Last Summer is pretty typical of a glut of this sort of films that began to invade the market from about the mid-1990s to date. It runs pretty much to format in the sense of there being at least one member of the group who is an antagonistic jerk, and in this case it happens to be Barry.
I found the first part of I Know What You Did Last Summer rather dreary, but luckily such was short-lived and it wasn't long before things started to hot up, evolving into quite a watchable slasher/thriller film.
My own interest was grabbed once the group of teens had driven off on their own, accidentally mowing down and killing an unknown man. By that time I was gripped, but I found the character of Barry intensely unpleasant and I wanted to inform him (if such were possible) in no uncertain terms as to what a distinctly odious scumbag he was.
The excitement levels in this film run quite high and there is a definite air of mystery present, but there are some scenes which are rather over the top, especially in the area of victims of physical injury and violence pulling themselves together, recovering far too quickly from their plights.
As far as the acting is concerned, it is at least average from all the main characters. I personally feel the accolade for best actor here should go to Ryan Phillippe as the obnoxious, temperamental, really up himself Barry. Jennifer Love Hewitt's role as Julie was probably the most involved, but although she did play the part well, I feel it quite likely that any halfway decent actress would have made an equally good job of it.
The music to I Know What You Did Last Summer is somewhat myriad....initially a mish-mash of what I call pseudo heavy-metal, and a peculiar cover version of The Isley Brothers' Summer Breeze which in my opinion emerged from some kind of musical slaughter-house, but as the film wore on, the score became more orchestrated and bore a distinct resemblance to the music from both Silence Of The Lambs, and the Martin Scorsee version of Cape Fear.
On the topic of Martin Scorsee's Cape Fear, I did feel that I Know What You Did Last Summer bore more than a slight similarity, in mood perhaps rather than storyline. Also, both films are set in North Carolina and that bears credence to them having a similar atmosphere.
There is a twist right at the very end of I Know What You Did Last Summer, but it isn't original....I'd hazard a guess that at least 50% of people who watch this film will see that twist coming and be able to predict what it will be.
All in all, this film to me seemed like an excuse to go outrageously over the top during the finale, and although I did enjoy the build-up to that finale quite a lot, it somehow lost me as there was too much going on at once, thereby erasing all previous levels of credibility.
There are a few slasher scenes within this film, but they aren't as gut-churning or gory as one would expect from something with an 18 certificate....however, I'm not sure I'm comfortable with any kind of extreme violence being issued with a 15 rating, as I Know What You Did Last Summer has been.
I can't say that this film is going to creep into my all-time favourites or that I have any desire to watch it again, but it is true to say that I was for the most part entertained, and I have seen far worse creations of the type where teens get into trouble then have to contend with the outcome of their antics.
I'd recommend I Know What You Did Last Summer to anyone who simply wants to be entertained for an hour and a half, who doesn't necessarily expect Oscar standard acting and bearing in mind the film's genre, doesn't mind it not being all that scary. The only part which made me jump out of my skin was when somebody innocently shouted at somebody else through their car window! This definitely is a watchable, entertaining film, but don't expect to have your mind blown from one end of the universe to the other.
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I know what you did last Summer, surprisingly renders as one of the most scariest horror flicks of this century despite the fact that it is a teen fested movie that are often predictably gore or slasher orientated. Jim Gillespie however, directs this film in a very sophisticated way and proceeds with a subtle shock so as not to jump start the audience into something too promising too early. The first and only indication that something horredous lurks is right from the start with a dark metal singing performance of a what sounds like a drugged Alice Cooper, slurring the once serene 1972 summer breeze soft rock hit!
This is accompanied by the sound of audible rushing sea waves, so unearths a very mystifying thriller suspense right from the beginning, you know that it is going to pop up some real nasties along the story line, though not immediately so. However, dissapointingly it doesn't and to summarise the plot without giving anything away, four close friends have just finished high school and want to enjoy what is left of the summer hoildays only for it to interrupted by a brief series of unfortunate events, they eventually separate to do their higher education studies before encountering the horror that is about to unfold, sometime into the opening of the film.
Helen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who wins the local beauty pageant contest, typically plays the role of a material girl with a wannabe actress mentality, the producers had to provide their male audience with a female icon to keep the film from being dull. At just 20 years old when she was cast for the film, she didn't play someone far younger than her herself as is often in the case with a lot of Hollywood starlets who have been known to act as characters even twenty years their junior! - Thankfully, Gillespie only made her two years younger, so there was nothing unnatural about her being cast amongst similar age groups, the film does center around a specific teenage culture.
Her boyfriend Barry (Ryan Phillippe) is going to Boston to play football with their friend Julie (Jeniffer Love Hewitt) who is to study law and Freddie Prinze Jr. so this is a teriffic mix of character, all with different ambitions and personal identities, so makes it a more interesting and sincere story as oppossed to everyone being in the same boat and at the same time. Even when they do end up in the same mess together, it didn't begin as so and why the casting of rotten events rightly appear spontanious and legitimate, this is made more credible when Helen hasn't spoken to her boyfriend and friends for over a year, so there is no opportunity for the four to engage in any plots as you would likely assume if they had been in cohesion throughout.
Typically the movie goes down a who done it route as you might expect after Helen receives an unfriendly letter stating that "I know what you did last summer" and begins hunting down potential candidates known to her, including her boyfriend that she hasn't crossed his path since they all left for college. Everyone knows nothing, blames someone they think is responsible and this is where the juncture of the film begins opening up the real box of blood-thirsty delights!
The teaser trailor for the film only gives snippets away, but certainly not the entire thing. Originally it was sugessted that there be a different ending to the film, which would have meant casting Muse Watson (Ben) in a more benign or dispensible light, yet as it is, has left room for the sequel that is guaranteed to continue with the killing spree expedition with a plausible outcome that would have drawn this movie to a complete close if he had have been captured and killed.
Gillespie did a cut version of a 1 hour and 30 minute of this film that in fact is roughly almost two hours long, so depending on whether you want a drawn out suspense or a quicker one is entirely optional, I prefer it short and sweet as can't stomach movies that are extendibly gruesome. The greatest advantage of this film is that it continued with the 1990s slasher-themed emphasis on low-cut projects such as when Sunset Bay had their own Hooked killer, though this was by far more unrealistic!
I know what you did last summer
Film Duration: 96 minutes
Category: teen movie/thriller
Director: Jim Gillespie
Country: United States
Rating: 16 years and over
Jennifer Love Hewitt as Julie James
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Helen Shivers
Freddie Prinze Jr. Ray Bronson
Ryan Phillippe as Barry Cox
Bridgette Wilson as Elsa Shivers
End of school has come in for Helen, Julie, Barry and Ray and they have taken their final exams and that means party time! As it should be, they have a big party and the four are drinking and partying late into the night. When they return later that night they ride from the party on a dark deserted road. They are still completely in party mood until they suddenly hit something or someone! They scare themselves to death and hope that it's an animal. On the side of the road they see a man lying down and he certainly doesn't move anymore. Terrified of the consequences they decide to make a pact and throw the man in the sea and agree never to talk about it. It sounds easy, but the guilt gnaws at them for the coming months, but it is certainly not the only negative consequence. Exactly one year later they receive an email with the text "I know what you did last summer" and soon it goes much further than that and their lives are terrorized. The man was dead right?
There have a few famous actresses in this movie. Jennifer Love Hewitt is a famous actress, but of course also Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Ryan Phillippe. After this movie they have certainly received more publicity. The performances were good and certainly enjoyable to watch. Jennifer Love Hewit plays Julie and is the one who disagrees from the beginning to throw the man into the sea and would prefer to call the police. After one year, she has many problems with the guilt. She plays the innocent type and is doing well and is credible. Sarah Michelle Gellar plays the type of the more popular girl Helen who likes to have all the attention. She looks strong, but she struggles with the incident, but tries to continue. Ryan Phillippe is Barry and pretends nothing interested him. Freddie Prinze Jr. plays the role of Ray, the son of a fisherman and comes here and there across like a simple person but with a big heart. He has a particular weakness for Julie. The four acts well and I liked the connection between them all.
There are a few extras on the DVD including commentary from the director and the editor of the film. Fun to listen to if you're interested. In addition, there is a trailer for the film on DVD.
I know what you did last summer is a real teen thriller movie that falls into the range of films like Scream. Teenagers who are killed one by one by some fool. But the story still comes across like a exciting thriller. It is always a scary idea that someone is behind you and trying to murder you. The question is of course who's the killer? The performances are very good for this movie and that makes the film worth watching. Extras could be better, but for those interested there is commentary from the director. All in all a movie that you absolutely must see if you like the genre!
If you're expecting originality you'll be disappointed. If you're expecting a faithful adaptation of the superb book this is based on you'll be let down [Author Lois Duncan tried to have her name removed from the film when she saw the final version].
If you just want to sit down to enjoy a entertaining movie, that is well-acted (the supporting cast [Bridgette Wilson in particular] do as good a job as the top-billed stars). you've come to the right page.
Four friends run over a man and in a panic they dump his body into the ocean after their drunken 4th July celebrations. One year later almost to the day, one of the friends receives a letter & the game is on.
As it draws to 4th July the letters escalate to hair cutting, disappearing bodies & hit and runs.
I must mention that I wouldn't really call I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER a slasher. Yes there is some gore, but I think it's more of a suspense thriller.
The film focuses on issues of honesty, trust, revenge, and relies on tension & building suspense instead of blood and gore, like classics such as HALLOWEEN. I'm not saying that I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER is on that level, but it is well done. The film is better then it's chief comparison SCREAM because it seems more realistic.
I only have one niggling negative; It's clear [to me at least] which characters won't make it to the end credits, so despite the fact that the cast make them [mostly] likable, I didn't bother getting attached to them. This made some of the death's sort of like 'yeah. OK. Next.'
One additional observation; I'm quite sure that the film had an 18 certificate in cinemas, while the DVD is certified as a 15. This makes me wonder over missing footage. I don't want to give anything away, but the killer has collected newspaper articles that detail something that seemingly has very little to do with the given plot. Just little things like that are winding me up. It doesn't spoil the plot or anything like that, so it isn't really important I guess.
Also, Anne Hecht has a seemingly pointless supporting role. So where has any left out footage gone? It's not included as an extra. Are they going to bring out 50 DVD editions of this or something?
Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Julie James
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Helen Shivers
Ryan Phillippe ... Barry William Cox
Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Ray Bronson
Bridgette Wilson ... Elsa Shivers
Anne Heche ... Melissa 'Missy' Egan
Region 2 DVD release]
Format: Colour, PAL, Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
I know what you did last summer is a horror/ slasher film released in 1997 and was written by Kevin Williamson, who also wrote Scream. The film stayed at the #1 spot at the box office and won 17 out of the 19 awards it was nominated for. It is now the most parodied film ever but ill get to that later.
After a successful night at a local beauty pageant, Helen, Barry, Julie and Ray are drinking and partying at the beach. On the way home, Ray runs over a freshman while he isnt paying attention to the road due to Barry being drunk and dropping his drink. Everyone starts freaking out about their futures and what will happen to them after people find out they killed someone. They throw the body into the ocean in an attempt to hide what they did and they all end up going their seperate ways.
One year later, Julie returns home from college where she's been having problems concentrating. Things definitely arent how she left them. One day, she recieves a note saying 'I know what you did last summer'. Of course, she freaks out and Julie starts to warn the others, terrified that someone else was there they day of the accident. This is only the beginning of the terror that the four some are about to experience.
I was really into these kinds of films back in the day but now i find them cheesy more than anything. Cant beat a bit of cheesy horror though can you?
The cast was what mainly drew me to this film and the main characters are:
Julie James - Jennifer Love Hewitt
Ray Bronson - Freddie Prince Jr
Helen Shivers - Sarah Michelle Gellar
Barry Cox - Ryan Phillippe
For a film with such an amazing cast, I thought it would have been a lot better, at least the acting would have been better. I think the crappy acting is what i didnt like more than anything else though. Although what makes the film not so great is what we also love about movies in this genre. This film is full of cliches but if it wasnt, then it wouldnt be the slasher flick we all know and love would it? Yes everyone is stunning, yes the killer hides behind a costume and no, the people being chased never have much common sense.
I am glad to see the main actors have now gone on to bigger and better things and their acting skills have greatly improved...well, with the exception of Freddie Prince Jr. I still dont like him at all. Ryan Phillippe has had some fantastic roles in films like Cruel Intentions. Sarah Michelle Gellar went on to be the star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Jennifer Love Hewitt now has her own show, Ghost Whisperer.
I know what you did last summer was followed by two sequals. The first sequal did pretty well and i liked it more than the original film but the third film went straight to DVD. Much like the Bring it on sequals, the third film doesnt include any of the original cast so i just havent bothered with it.
As i said earlier, this is now the most parodied film ever and here are some examples
- Scary Movie is a parody of this film and Scream
- Shreik if you know what i did last Friday the thirteenth is also a parody of this film, amongst others.
- Various episodes of tv shows have been named after this movie.
Even though this film is really silly at times, i'll still always love it. Its just one of those films that you cant help but like.
This was one of my favorite scary movies when I was younger. It definitely scared the crap out of me. Now, if I watched the movie today I would not be scared of the storyline, but when I was younger and less mature it was definitely a very scary story. The actors in this movie did a great job of playing their roles and they are still some of my favorite actors to this day.
This story begins during the annual 4th of July party in a North Carolina fisherman's town, where Helen, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar is crowned in the towns beauty contest and runs off with her boyfriend Barry, played by Ryan Philippe, her best friend Julie, played by Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Julie's boyfriend Ray, played by Freddie Prinze Jr. to celebrate her win and have some good old fashioned young fun. However, when they are on this fun joy ride they run over a fisherman with the car that Ray is driving. When they get out of the car the man seems to be dead and they all start to freak out. The only thing they can think to do is to throw him into the ocean and abandon the scene.
After months have passed of keeping this horrific secret, Julie reluctantly returns home for the summer after going away for college. When she arrives she receives a note that says "I know what you did last summer". This beyond freaks Julie out and she seeks out the others to try and figure out who could be playing with them like this. There is no way that anyone could have seen them that night....right?.
This, however, is only the beginning of the terror that is about to rain down on this little town and on these four deserving teens. They are hunted by a madman, who will stop at nothing until he receives the justice for the murder that was committed. This story is suspenseful and scary and is definitely good for it's entertainment value.
On the magical night of their last day of High School, a group of four friends; Helen, Barry, Ray and Julie decide to spend a wild night drinking and driving. When suddenly out of nowhere a man steps on the road and is knocked down by the car, the young adults panic and decide to dump him in the nearest river, figuring that any evidence will be washed away. As they throw him in though, the injured man stirs into life, frightened and tired they watch him anyway, leaving the fisherman to drown. A year later on the days running up to the 4th of July, Julie gets a note simply stating I Know What You Did Last Summer was someone else there that night? Who else could possibly know about the murder? The four friends are hurtled into a cat and mouse game of blood, death and mayhem.
I secretly really like I Know What you did Last Summer. No, it isnt one of the most intelligent movies to come out of the industry, no it isnt fresh and totally original and no it wont be heralded as a contemporary classic, but for a thriller aimed squarely at the slasher teen crowd, it isnt half bad. You know the formulae; four young, attractive teenagers desperately try to outsmart a maniac as he goes on a bloody rampage, using a variety of inventive and sharp weapons. Its been tried and tested, over and over again but I am still a big fan of the teen slasher genre, I find that it delivers adrenaline, cheap scares and even cheaper laughs as well as completely implausible but surprising death sequences and usually a pretty solid cliff-hanger. I Know What You Did Last Summer is one of the more popular 90s thrillers and proves to be a fairly engaging, enjoyable exercise in mayhem from start to finish, with enough smarts and snappy dialogue to pull it through the ridiculously unbelievable plot and slow stretches. First and For-most I Know isnt a horror film and if you go into expecting to be terrified then you may well be very disappointed, there are few actual murders and the gore quotation is kept to a minimum, this production is more about suspense and teeny bopper thrills than actual terror. Bless its heart I Know does try to keep you on the edge of your seat, with dancing shadows, typical scary music and attractive ladies slowly turning around the corner where you just know the killer is but it really doesnt ratchet that much tension, which can leave some of the scenes feeling very slow and tiresome. Another point against the film is the ridiculous killer, basically a man in a fishermens slick and hat, he says nothing, has no personality, lumbers around like a stupid fool and kills off fairly nice people because on one mistake that they made on a drunken night. I didnt see him as a huge threat and just thought that as a villain he was a little bit silly..
I had a real problem with the main concept of I Know What You Did Last Summer because I didnt think that it worked. It tries to be a morality tale about getting what you deserve and vengeance for dastardly deeds but looking back the group of friends made a simple albeit fatal- mistake, they killed someone and hid the body, but only one member was the instigator and they all suffered the consequences through sleepless nights, horrific nightmares and tremendous guilt. Surely hunting down teenagers with their whole life ahead of them is wrong, especially when all but one was apposed to the dumping the corpse, for me the whole plot felt unfair and actually quite upsetting. The screenplay tried to be clever by making the film about consequences but because it asks you to look deeper than just the bloody exterior, many plot holes become apparent and the injustice of the premise becomes even more rank. However it isnt all bad Kevin Williamson does try to put some veins of characterisation into the four main characters with success, giving each one specific personality and enough brains to become mildly endearing. As the movie progresses each player has to deal with their guilt as well as a hook wielding maniac and this gives a grounded feel to the paper thin story. However the most enjoyable part of the screenplay and indeed the whole movie- has to be the well constructed, atmospheric mystery that is essentially the heart of the story, who is David Eagan? Why was he on the road that night? Who is actually stalking the group? Could Mr. Eagan have risen from the dead to have a go at retribution? I found myself interested in this engrossing mystery more than any other thing about the film, so was disappointed when the resolution came, and it had no real bearing to the story at all.
I Know is helped greatly by the talented cast who are all very good. Jennifer Love Hewitt plays the main heroine Julie with enough strength and confidence to make the incredibly annoying character at least remotely likeable. Her character wonders around whining about the repercussions of the gangs actions and spends half the film crying, whilst gliding through the other 60minutes with either a I told you so smirk or a look of complete terror. Hewitt has enough bouncy personality and sweet sensibility to sale through the film giving a likeable but hardly earth shattering performance that does the job. Freddie Prinze Jr. has about as much charisma and screen presence as a fly; he cant act, seems to find it hard to convey any emotion whatsoever and always comes off a slightly nerdy fool who just happened to stumble onto the film set, with no idea what he is doing. However he does a perfectly adequate performance as the heroic Ray seen as the character is hardly stretching, he plays sweet and nice all American boy who works the boats with a satisfying amount of energy although he isnt very convincing as an action hero- and his chemistry with Hewitt feels a little forced. Sarah Michelle Gellar is probably the biggest name in the film and really does come of as the most talented; she is breathlessly comfortable, always extremely confident and does manage to squeeze a lot of sympathy from the audience. She definitely has more of a presence in this film than her co-stars and portrays her character with energy, spunk and wit. Ryan Phillipe plays the overbearing baseball player Barry with a fair amount of intensity and has no trouble throughout the film.
One of the things I liked about I Know What You Did Last Summer was the atmosphere that it built, for all intensive purposes it has an effective style that does engage, with dark alleyways and a whole array of fishermen hooks and slicks it manages to build the tension where the rest didnt. I also liked the idea of introducing unspeakable horrors into a small community thats just trying to celebrate the 4th of July; this gave the film a false feeling of security and a nice claustrophobic feel to it. Mostly though I just liked the films sense of energy, the plot twists are ridiculous and the death wildly implausible, yet none of that matter because it all contributes to the movies steady pace and the frenetically fast conclusion has a frantic and adrenaline endusing fell to it that really does get the heart rate going. As there is only one really good murder in the whole film, it is extremely hard to recommend the film for its body count, but the murders do have an effective almost depressing feel to them, as the young teens desperately try to get themselves out of many ridiculous situations. I also felt that the film gathered an almost apocalyptic feel to it that gave the conclusion a real snappy punch.
Overall I Know what You Did Last Summer doesnt have the heart or wit to b another Scream and it doesnt manage to reinvent the genre, but it does have enough cheap thrills to become a solidly enjoyable, annoyingly
Effective piece of slasher trash. Good performance and good production values mean that you can watch worse (see the horrendously silly Valentine) but dont expect a masterpiece.
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a horrible thought to hit someone in a fun automobile ride turns out to be a nightmare the following year for a group of rather normal young school girls and guys.turns out the person hit was not completely dead and he and son return to make life rather horrific for this somewhat innocent group of young adults.a couple of the performers turn out later to become well know in the movie world. overall it keeps your attention and is pretty good for a scary flic.
Kevin Williamson the creator of 'Scream' brings us this teen slash horror movie. 'I Know What You Did Last Summer', a sinister note left by a mysterious person for teenager Julie (Jennifer). One year ago her and her friends Helen, Barry and Ray murdered an unknown person in a hit and run -drowning, or did they? The film opens with a dramatic sweep of the sea and awesome cliffs and boasts a good sound track, including Kula Shaker's' Hush'. Four teenagers celebrating Independence Day accidentally murder a man and become victims of their own guilt. One year later it appears that the killer is back. A sinister fisherman attacks Barry with his car--cuts Helen's hair off the night before a parade and leaves a nasty surprise in Julie's trunk. With it being a small seaside town crawling with fishermen, the town celebrating while murders are committed it strikes strong familiarities with John Carpenter's 'The Fog'. All the actors are good in their roles; the murders are gruesome and brilliantly shot in 'Hitchcock' style. Personally I didn't find the film scary, which was a bit of a disappointment, but there were plenty of people screaming when I saw it at the cinema! The only fault with the film was that the build up only lasted a few minutes so there was no time for a lot of suspense to accumulate.
I notice that alot of people have been a little harsh when rating this movie. Why? Its got everything a teenage slasher, which is what it is, needs. Attractive girls, gorgeus guys, tension and a homicidial maniac trying to kill them! What more does a film need? I liked this film. In fact I'll go a bit further and say I loved this film! It has a well put together cast including Jennifer Love Hewitt (the video of Enrique's number one song Hero), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and one of the worlds sexiest men........Ryan Phillipe ( Home Grown, Studio 54). Okay so I'm a great fan of Ryan Phillipe, but if I hadn't seen this film then I probably wouldn't have watched other great films starring Ryan like Home Grown, Studio 54, Cruel intentions, etc. Back to the film, its about some teenagers who while out drinking run over a fisherman. Worried about serious drink driving and manslaughter charges they dump the body in the river and vow never to talk about it again. A year later letters turn up saying someone knows what they did last summer hence the name of the film. They then re group and try to work out who knows and what they are gonna do about it. Not a very scary film in my opinion but has its tense moments. The storyline is great with some fabulous acting. Watch out for the scene with Ryan Phillipe on the balcony. He looks so cute when hes afraid. Enjoy the film and don't forget the pop corn!
I wonder if screenwriter Kevin Williams had this sitting around in his bottom drawer when he started work on Scream. It seems strange that a writer would pen something like Scream which was a merciless parody of all that is ‘wrong’ or at least over-done in the slasher movie sub-genre and then a year later, following Scream’s $100million+ box office success, release a movie called I Know What You Did Last Summer which basically DOES all that he pointed out as being old-hat and cr*p! OK, so its an obvious cash-in having whet the appetite of a new generation of movie goers who hadn’t been slashered to death in the 80s, but you’d think that having the ‘vision’ to see all that is wrong with the genre, he might have gone to ‘some’ lengths to add something new. Well, you would have thought this, but instead “I Know” is a complete retread of the 80s slasher movie, complete with EVERY cliché from that genre and offering absolutely nothing new in the process. Its set on a national holiday, this time July 4th(as opposed to Halloween, Friday The 13th, Black Christmas, April Fools Day...etc.), and features a bunch of young college kids who find their group getting slowly chopped to bits by a guy who comes in the prerequisite slasher guy uniform. Nope, not a hockey mask, not the grim reaper costume...but a umm fisherman, complete with bright yellow souwester, gumboots and fishing hook! I bet you’re scared already! The reason for all the ensuing mayhem is this. Picture the scene a year previous to the start of the murders. Sarah Michelle Gellar has just been crowned queen of a beauty pageant in a small Carolina town(the Croak Queen actually...pun intended). Along with her boyfriend(Ryan Phillippe), best friend(Jennifer Love Hewitt) and her boyfriend(Freddy Prince Junior) they throw a party on the beach, Phillippe drinking too much as usual before jumping into a car for a drive. Phillippe hits a pedest
rian walking on the road and fearing manslaughter charges they dump the body into the ocean...the still living body that is, before they each go their separate ways, Gellar heading out to follow a showbiz career, Hewitt off to college etc. A year later though they are back, wracked with guilt over what they have done and exactly one year to the day the killings start committed by a figure who becomes dubbed The Fisherman due to his outfit... What do you say about a movie like this which you haven’t said a million times before? It starts off so well with a camera flying low over a dark brooding ocean and then panning high up into the sky to highlight a shadowy figure on the cliff tops. We are led to perhaps think that we are in for a creepy tale for a change, perhaps one directed with some kind of visual flair at least, but it never delivers anything of the sort. Instead we run through an A-Z of horror clichés which may have kept the teenage audience who had never experienced a slasher movie other than Scream amused(most I know didn’t even realise Scream was a parody of anything) but would do nothing but bore the pants off the rest of us. I Know insults its audience’s intelligence with its dumber than dumb characters who do the stupidest things in order that the director may offer us another cheap scare or two. There’s a psycho on the loose, he dresses like a fisherman, so of course you go wandering around an abandoned boat alone don’tcha? Of course you do, that’s why we as an audience will swallow it, we are that dumb! This kind of thing is tiresome and incredibly lazy on the behalf of the screenwriter and personally I’m bored with it, it makes me want to throw things at the television screen...sometimes I do. I Know What You Did Last Summer would have caused me to run out of things to throw because it does it so damn often. Forget any thoughts of suspense here either because despite a little in the beginni
ng you soon come to realise that the non-essential characters are all there to die and nothing more. You can tell because their part seems 100% superfluous to the proceedings so you just sit and wait for them to buy the farm, and when they do it ain’t scary because its neither a surprise nor is it handled very well. There are too many cheap shocks here and it get boring very quickly. Directors must also realise that a high body count in a horror movie is all well and good, but it gets less tense and less scary with each ensuing death. I Know What You Did Last Summer becomes rather tedious towards the end as you sit there watching Capt. Birdseye rack up another victim. Its even more difficult to care about these deaths when you really couldn’t give a damn about the characters. They are all so one dimensional that its virtually impossible to care whether they buy the farm or not. There is little attempt to develop their characters, even those of the main four who we are really just told are the rich brat, the brainy one, the totty and erm the other one, without adding anything to this as it progresses. Effectively you watch them go through the motions but you don’t really care whether they end up on the end of a fishing hook or not! As to acting and casting, well you know that slasher movies are never going to have any form of high calibre acting in them so there’s no point even going there. These lot all ply their trade in television shows and it shows to be fair, they aren’t bad, but they certainly aren’t good either. Their selection is obvious - the two guys were chosen because they rep resent hunky type 1 and hunky type 2 for the ladies and the two girls because they have cleavage and an impressive set of lungs for when the screaming starts. Forget everything else, I wouldn’t be surprised if casting just involved a T&A check and a screaming session... An interesting subtext runs through the story which i
s never allowed to develop unfortunately. The four friends are drawn back to the town because of their guilt over last summer’s actions and when the murders start you see this guilt and frustration begin to tear the friendships apart. This could have been carried a little further if you ask me which may have added something to the movie but alas, it was not to be. Instead, you have a plod through 80s slasher history and the typical “not-who-you-thought-it-was-ending” which makes following the clues through out the movie pointless because they are designed so that they do not lead to the killer...unfortunately we all know this by now, so it doesn’t fool anyone but rather shows even more lazy film-making. Its not clever to make a movie where the mystery comes from the fact that you are ill informed all the way through - its just damn annoying. If you have never seen a slasher movie before then this is as good a place as any to start, it covers just about all the bases seen in every other slasher movie so its probably a good introduction. If on the other hand you have seen just one then forget it, because it offers nothing new other than a change of actors, setting and killer’s costume. Watch it perhaps if you have seen Scream and wan t to know exactly what it was parodying, otherwise give it a miss, its boring teen horror which has been done a million times before. ~General Info~ Director: Jim Gillespie Producers: Stokely Chaffin Erik Feig Neal H. Moritz Screenwriter: Kevin Williamson from Lois Duncan’s novel Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt as Julie James Sarah Michelle Gellar as Helen Shivers Ryan Phillippe as Barry Cox Freddie Prinze Jr. as Ray Bronson Muse Watson as Fisherman Distributor: Columbia Pictures Genre: Horror Released: 1997 Run Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes ~Official Site~ http://www.spe.sony.com/movies/iknowwh
I Know What You Did Last Summer was the first horror film written by Kevin Williamson after the success of the genre-redefining Scream (unless youre like me and Dawson's Creek gives you nightmares). The film is based on the book of the same name. I haven't read the book myself but I know someone who enjoyed it thoroughly and said that it was much better than the film it spawned, which is often the case when Hollywood starts running low on ideas and has to go through the days pop literature to continue raking in the dollars. Anyway, back to the film. The basic story is that four kids hit and kill a fisherman while celebrating the fourth of July, and one year later he returns to reap his revenge. The main problem with this film is the hype surrounding Williamson's name. While Scream was considered a masterpiece of 90s cinema, I Know fell into the very clichés that the writer had parodied one year earlier while trying to follow his own footsteps. The movie stars Sarah Michelle Gellar (doing the rounds in numerous horror films to promote the Buffy series), Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe and Freddy Prinze Jr. as a group of very unlikeable teens who get what they basically have coming to them. There are many times in this film when I find myself rooting for the Fisherman (not exactly as menacing sounding as the Shape, is it?), which can only be a bad thing as the basis of any slasher film is that we empathise the prey and hope that they can overcome the evil force. Just goes to show what's happening to kids today. The acting ranged from good to terrible. Hewitt and Gellar both put a good performance in, appearing ditzy and showing enough cleavage between them to keep most males in their seats for the duration of the film. Phillippe did a good job as the stereotypical asshole of the group, but the only problem was with Prinze Jr. who could have been upstaged by Pinocchio. I enjoy watching f
ilms that make the audience think, and this film was successful in that attempt up until about the last twenty minutes. The current trend in twist endings turned what could have been a great film into a bumbling, confusing mess. The ending makes no sense and we are left with a very strong feeling of disappointment as the credits roll. And the very end sequence? Don't even get me started. The main problem this film has had to contend with is that it was released so soon after Scream that it became a laughing stock. A year earlier and it may just have been considered another teen slasher flick on the same level as Friday the 13th, though unfortunately with mush less sex.
I know what you dod last summer Starring - Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr, Jennifer Love Hewitt Director - Jim Gillespie Running time - 97 mins (vhs) Life seems perfect, as the four friends, julie, helen, ray and barry celebrate the night of the end of high school...they get into barry's new beamer and take a drive......that ends in destruction. They have an accident on the road...they hit and kill a man. In the panic of the moment they think about what there lives would be like if they owned up to the crime....instead they dump the body in the sea, and vow to keep quiet about what happened. One year later a note appear..."i know what you did last summer"...but how can someone know when the friends swore to take the secret to the grave with them..... As the plot continues it is obvious it is a rip off from Scream. There are some good scenes, but non that are really scary or gruesome...abit of a let down in comparison to other 'teen slasher' films. Gellar plays a great role, as teen beauty queen, although being a fan of hers from Buffy i feel her talent was slightly wasted, as the character was weak for her talent (the character was more of a looks first brains last type of deal). Hewitt played a convincing role, although (giving away a story) i thought gellar would have been better off staying in the film 'till the end, rather than Hewitt. If you havent seen it before then it is worth a look...but i think you have to be a fan of the actors/actresses to be able to get enjoyment from this otherwise average product. (A film based on it's stars and not it's plot is what comes to mind). To conclude, a basic storyline only made bearable through actors struggling to make their characters believable. Ok now for those who have already watched once...time for spot the errors...... 'When Max is killed by the ki
ller he gets hooked in the chin, but when the killer puts him in the trunk of Julie's car and we see his body, no wound is visible on his neck!' and..... 'In the scene where Julie and Helen are looking at the computer and have like 7 articles of things about Billy Egan, if you look really closely at the one on top you can see the year he graduated was 1993. Later in the movie when Julie, Helen, and Barry are looking at Elsa's yearbook it shows that both Elsa and Billy Egan graduated in 1992. Guess the producers can get hot actresses, but can't get the year of a dead guy graduating high school right.'
IKWYDLS as well as being a film with an annoying long name it is a scream/ teen slasher copy that will leave you bored to tears. It is a group of 4 teens who after graduation go down to a near by beach, tell an urban legend and then go fo a ride in the country, while drinking. They accidently crash into a man in the road and chuck him in the lake to save themselves from prision. Cut foward a year (like most teen slashers the killer is very patient) and Julie is suffering badly at school because of the accident. No one is in contct anymore either. She gets a threatening letter and the others, exceptray. Barry gets run over, helen's hair gets chopped off and Julie finds a friends body in her trunk. They all think it's ray, but he tells them it's not. So they think a fisherman is doing it. They can't go to the cops so decide to fight for themselves and they die slowly one by one. Annoying teen slasher that will leave you wishing that scream had never been made because this is the result. Kevin Williamson penned this film and it shows, as there are numerous refrences to scream and they all talk like the kids in dawson's creek. At the end of the film, unless you a teen trendy horror fan you'll wish the fisherman would kill you. Don't watch it.
Imagine the scene if you will. A group of people sitting around a table trying to come up with an idea for a movie. Suddenly, a brainwave. Scream has just been released and with it came the birth of a new generation of horror movie fans, mostly teenagers, who think that the key ingredients for a horror film is teens, Kevin Williamson, stalkers (preferable disguised) and knife, so the group of people decide to cash in on the success of scream and make another teen horror written by Kevin Williamson and this is the result of this. A group of teens Ray (Freddie Prince Jr), Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt), Helen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Barry (Ryan Phillipe) have just graduated and decided to go on a drunken drive in the country, where they knock over a fisherman in the road (why he's there I don't know). They then decide to dump the body in the lake and pretend it never happened (as you do). Of course some don't want to but they are persuaded. A year later they have all broken friends and gone their seperate ways when Julie gets a letter saying (you guessed it) I know what you did last summer. Helen, Barry and Julie get harrassed and find nasty surprises, like getting run over, or a body in the car and at first it seems as if Ray is the culprit, but no, it's the fisherman they dumped in the river. Now they have to kill him before he kills them. This film is a Scream copy and also has some elements of other films, eg Prom Night. However the plot is stupid and the film boring. It's not scary at all. Of course the teenagers are typical horror film characters, stupid even though they have the vocabulary of Frasier Crane. They seem to want to get killed. As if've said before this is a combination of many horror films in one, one scene in particular is like Scream when Helen is calling for help, like casey in scream but the killer jumps out from the side. Another Scream copied scene is when Helen jumps out a windo
w to escape, like sidney in Scream. So if you want to see a predictable story, annoying characters, an unscary film or the most annoying parts of teen horror films condensed into an hour and a half watch this.
Just what the world needs, another riff on that post-Psycho horror cliché: the slasher movie. In this version, which considerably dumbs down the Lois Duncan book, the bad guy chases naughty teenagers with a hook, all the while dressed as a dark version of the Gorton's fisherman. They seem to have killed someone in a car accident while out partying, and a price must be paid. Nothing new is added to the genre by I Know What You Did Last Summer, though it would be unfair not to note that this does have some scary moments. That is about all it has, because as much as this wanted to be another Scream, it hasn't the heart or the script. It does, however, have the requisite cast of small-screen stars (including Party of Five's Jennifer Love Hewitt and Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar) to have snagged box-office success, spawning a sequel. --Rochelle O'Gorman