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I must confess that I actually acquired this movie on DVD some years ago and then sold it at a car boot some time later. However, I decided to tune in to I Still Know What You Did Last Summer when it was on telly a few nights ago. Released in 1998 as a sequel to I Know What You Did Last Summer, the characters originated from a book by Lois Duncan and the film was directed by Danny Cannon.
Julie James and her best friend Karla win a holiday to the Caribbean on a radio station. They decide to take their boyfriends Ty and Ray but Ray doesn't show so they get hottie Will to come instead. After a few hours Julie starts gets a message on the karaoke 'I sill know what you did' reminding her of the night she killed Ben Willis last summer and then a dead body turns up in her wardrobe. At first no-one believes her, but as more people are killed the group have to start believing if they want to survive.
The main problem for me is that the film just doesn't flow well. It seems to be a series of set up situations that repeat themselves over and over until the end. For example the isolation scene always happens the same way; a person is 'staying with the group,' for safety in numbers but has to go it alone momentarily, once alone the killer gets them. This scenario happens for every death in the film, becoming rather boring.
The film also seems to have a problem with motion; the killer walks slowly and deliberately throughout the movie yet manages to catch up his victims when they are running at full pace, it just doesn't make sense.
I also don't understand why Jennifer Love Hewitt looks like she's entering a wet t-shirt contest for much of the film. I'm sure the makers wanted to get some young boys excited and I know this is aimed at the young adult market but they are supposed to be making a horror film.
Of course some of these problems aren't unique to this film; stupidity seems to be deep routed in the slasher genre but it would just be nice to see some realism. I believe the scariest films are ones that could actually happen and not so far fetched that you wonder if you've walked into a comedy show.
In order to make the film more exciting an interesting twist was inserted three quarters of the way in. The problem is that the twist is given such little screen time that it falls into insignificance. I think this could have been used to really add a creepy atmosphere to what was happening but it hasn't been developed enough to make it worthwhile.
The characters are given little development and although two of them return from the first film, Karla and Ty are new and we don't know much about them. A in-depth history probably isn't necessary but because you don't know much about them you don't really care if they live or die, in fact by the second half your hoping they'll just get on with it.
The film seems to be a thirty minute story dragged out into a feature length film; I know this is supposed to create tension and build up the anticipation but because it's so stupid it never really builds into an exciting climax.
It also seems to use loads of obvious things to make it apparently scary, for instance the group go to some Caribbean island but a hurricane is coming in and it rains constantly after that. It's like the film makers thought it would be creepy if it was dark and damp but it just seems contrived and not at all like its significant to the story.
This is an 18 certificate and although not desperately scary, I can see why; there is a lot of blood and a large body count so it isn't suitable for younger viewers but don't expect to be hiding behind the sofa.
I'm not sure any actor could have made this into a good film but the cast did little to improve it. Jennifer Love Hewitt seemed content with bouncing her bits about and saying little whilst using her 'scared' face several times. Brandy Norwood did bring a little bit of freshness but just got annoying after the first twenty minutes with her I'm too cool attitude.
Freddy Prinze Jr was dull and wooden, making his character Ray totally rigid and unlikable. Mekhi Phifer was okay as Ty but his character was far too wrapped up in his raging hormones to think about anything else in fact the only other line I remember him delivering was 'I'm hungry.'
The supporting cast fared slightly better; an unlisted Jack Black brought a bit of humour as the stoned pool boy and Jennifer Esposito could have been much better used as her character the barmaid seemed to be the only one with any common sense although she did fall into the trap of running upstairs to be trapped inside instead of outside into the open when a murderer was chasing her.
I think my partner summed this film up after the opening 5 minutes when he asked 'Is this the spoof film'. Jennifer Love Hewitt prances round 'looking' scared in skimpy outfits, Mekhi Phifer constantly wants to 'do it' and Brandy is just plain annoying. I therefore won't be recommending it but if you would like to purchase this film it is available on Amazon for £3.99 with free delivery.
I Still Know What You did Last Summer
Film Duration: 96 minutes
Category: teen thriller
Director: Danny Cannon
Country: United States
Rating: 16 years and over
Jennifer Love Hewitt as Julie James
Freddie Prinze Jr. Ray Bronson
Brandy Norwood as Karla Wilson
Mekhi Phifer as Tyrell
** Spoilers for the movie I Know What You did Last Summer! **
I still know what you did last summer continue from the first film in the series where Julie and Ray survived the killings. Julie is studying at Boston University while Ray still lives in their hometown and works as a fisherman, where the killings took place. The roommate and friend of Julie, Karla Wilson, has won an asking price on the radio and won for four people on vacation to the Bahamas! She asks Julie to go and her boyfriend Tyrell. Julie asks Ray to go, but refuse. Instead of Ray, Will Benson goes with them to the island. Once there, the first disappointment is that it's low season and all the tourists are gone! The hurricane season is coming. The friends are disappointed, but it shouldn't spoil their holiday and they make the best of it. But when the killings start again, the fun is quickly gone. Why is she with her friends lured to this island and can they leave as quickly as possible!?
The performances are a lot less than the first film. Jennifer Love Hewitt is good in the movie and continues in her part as Julie. You notice that she wants to move on with her life, but because her boyfriend still works in the town where the killings took place, she always reminded of the past. Freddie Prinze Jr. is also continuing in his role and he does just fine and he has more character to play. New in the film is Brandy Norwood as Karla Wilson and Mekhi Phifer as Tyrel together a couple. They do it fairly, but when you compare them with the actors from the first film, then they are really average. Not really disturbing for the film, but makes the movie less. Maybe the reason that the other two actors in the last film have become even more successful than these two.
There are a few extras on the DVD, but not really impressive. You have provided a look behind the scenes that gives you a look at how the filming was going on. This is just fun to watch, but it doesn't really go deep into the film itself. Furthermore there are a few trailers and the music of the film of Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Often you'll soon enough see why a sequel is released on a first successful film. The reason is to make fast and a lot of money. This shows also that there is often little attention to the actual story of the film and is almost often just a repeat. This is also the case in this film where another group of friends are threatened to be killed by a mysterious killer. The effect is fine and the film is entertaining enough to watch and a fun even, but you really have seen it before. The performances may be there, but mostly the actors from the first movie do it well. Definitely a must rent for a time, but not really to buy and I would go for the first one!
Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Julie James
Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Ray Bronson
Brandy Norwood ... Karla Wilson
Mekhi Phifer ... Tyrell
Muse Watson ... Ben Willis
Matthew Settle ... Will
Jennifer Esposito ... Nancy
Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is now a nervous wreck who has constant nightmares, sees the fisherman in every corner and keeps a carving knife in her bedside drawer, so when new best buddie Karla (Brandy) wins a holiday for four to the Bahamas, Karla thinks it a sign for Julie to move on and have fun.
As well as Julie, Karla's boyfriend Tyrell is also going. As she's won four tickets they also invite Ray, who doesn't commit to going. Ray bumps into the fisherman later on, so never tells Julie he was going to come.
As Ray never gets back to them, Karla invites their other friend Will, who she hopes will get together with Julie.
So off goes our party of four, to sun, sea and aventure...
Once they arrive in the Bahamas they realise it's storm season in the resort, so it is handily empty, save for some stock secondary characters. Being storm season, they are soon left stranded after a hurricane warning.
The fisherman then shows himself and starts slicing & dicing. Blah, blah, blah.
The sequel is nowhere near the same level as the original. Also the style is different. I KNOW was a clever build-up of tension. I STILL KNOW is all about needless gore, bikinis, tight clothes and cheap scare tactics.
Plus; The acting levels has gone downhill; Jennifer doesn't even seem to be trying, it's like she is aware that this sucks. Freddie hardly gets screen time - the producers know how wooden he is. Brandy is so-so at best. Mekhi play's a walking cliche, so I don't bother getting to know his character. It's secondary cast member Jennifer Esposito who I think delivers the best proformance here, everyone else is just collecting pay cheques...
The characters all annoy me; I honestly wanted them all to die. Not that I couldn't tell who would and who wouldn't. The first film's 'dead cast walking' was just as easy to pick out; But I did care about the characters then.
Despite everything, this still could have been a guilty pleasure and an enjoyable way to pass the time... Until I started to think, at which point it all fell apart.
Why did the fisherman go to great lengths to trap Julie on a resort in the Bahamas in the first place? Was he so keen to see her chest in a series of tight, low cut tops and bikinis?
Do top resorts still take in travellers in hurricane season? I don't know, but it'd make sense not to, right?
He's human so why is he suddenly so hard to kill? And is his increase in strength supposed to be believable?
Why did I buy the DVD of this?
I'll be fair and say that I wasn't bored by I STILL KNOW, some of the jumps did get me and when the action started I was drawn in to the drama. The film was OK, but it's a let down after seeing what was done first.
The thriller versus the slasher. There is a huge difference. Judge for yourself.
[Region 2 DVD release]
Making of Featurette
Jennifer Love Hewitt - How Do I Deal music video [Yep. She was a pop star before acting took over. Four albums and everything. Big in Japan. Apparently.]
I still know what you did last summer, the sequel to I know what you did last summer, was released in 1998 by Columbia Pictures. The film is 100 minutes long and rated 18 due to strong language, mild sexual scenes, and a lot of violence.
With a huge budget of $65 million, the film opened at #2 at the box office, unlike the original film that opened at #1 and only made roughly $84 million worldwide.
Julie is now a student in Boston but is having a terrible year. She can't concentrate and has nightmares all the time because of what happened 2 years ago back home. Julie's room mate Karla tells her she needs to lighten up and have some fun to try and forget what happened but it doesn't seem to work. The girls win a trip to the Bahamas, courtesy for a radio show and Julie wants to invite Ray (as they're still together) but he says no.
Julie, Karla, her boyfriend Tyrell and friend Will decide to go on the trip together since it's free and over the 4th of July weekend. Ray actually decides to suprise Julie and go anyway but guess what? He ends up being attacked and put in hospital.
Once the gang get there, they're told that it's hurricane season and their paradise isn't at all what they expected. They try and make the most of their 'prize' but all is not what it seems. Muders are happening all over the island and the gang realise they're stuck there. At the same time, Ray escapes from hospital and gets in his little boat to try and get to Julie in time, but will he make it?
Jennifer Love Hewitt as Julie James
Brandy Norwood as Karla Wilson
Mekhi Phifer as Tyrell
Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Ray Bronson
Matthew Settle as Will Benson
Jennifer Esposito as Nancy
Muse Watson as Ben Willis
Bill Cobbs as Estes
Jack Black as Titus Telesco
Jeffrey Combs as Mr. Brooks
I liked this film a lot more than the original although the storyline was still as predictable. Alright, so this is your very typical slasher movie but I think it's quite funny at the same time. Maybe that's because it is so silly at times but oh well.
Jennifer Love Hewitt's acting has slightly improved in this sequel and I liked the addition of her best friend from college, Karla, played by Brandy Norwood. I really liked Brandy in Moesha, so it was nice to see her in something else a little more serious. Her role as Karla even earned her 2 MTV movie award nominations for "Best Actress" and "Best Breakthrough Female Performance". Norwood's performance was bubbly and generally upbeat, making it a welcome change from the normal depressing characters in slasher films.
Even Freddie Prinze Jr didn't annoy me too much but then again, he isn't in this film as much as he was in the first. I actually ended up quite liking him towards the end, which shocked me considering I normally hate him with a passion.
Along with the addition of Brandy Norwood, we also get 2 new male characters. Mekhi Phifer plays Tyrell and Matthew Settle as Will. I did think both were some great eye candy for the girls, especially Phifer but I just found out Settle plays Rufus Humphrey in Gossip Girl and I just can't see him as hot anymore. However, they both played their parts really well especially Settle. I really liked the way he came across as a normal guy then suddenly turns into a crazed freak. Can we say schizophrenic??
Some of my favourite quotes:
Karla Wilson: "Try" is like "maybe," Julie. "Try" is bullshit.
Tyrell: See anybody out there? How about Freddy or Jason or somebody?
Ray Bronson: Every guy in history who tried to pick up a girl did the good-friend thing first.
I sometimes see this film as a comedy rather than a horror because it certainly didnt scare me and only made me jump once or twice. Most people will either love or hate this film but I love it, as dumb as it is. At least it's more entertaining than quite a few films in this genre.
After the horrors of last year (which saw Julie and her friends mow down a man, throw him in the river and vow to never discuss it again. However, the next year a man donned in a fishermens slick slaughtered half of the group before Julie fought him and killed him) Julie and her new best friend win a holiday to the Caribbean and decide to go with their boyfriends. However, when all transportation is destroyed by a freak storm and every form of outside communication is marred the gang are under threat once again from the mass murderer.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is a hugely unbelievable, incredibly clichéd, often laughable attempt to cash in on the better-than-expected original but that doesnt stop it being incredibly good fun. Its ludicrous plot twists and hammy dialogue all add to its dog eared charm and the rag tag bunch of victims garner at least some sympathy from the audience. Voodoo, gore, sex and stupid revelations are thrown at the audience with such ferocity that there isnt much time to contemplate little things like coherency and plot development which works in its favour (as there are non of either) and if your willing to just lie back and soak up the gory fun then you should find at least something to like.
Every cliché in the teen-horror book is on display here stormy weather, all phone lines are down, isolated island, promiscuous/drug addicted characters die first, smart asses meet grisly ends, teens explore dark rooms after hearing mysterious noises- do I have to go on? But at least they are done with some sort of style, the chase sequences frequently border on exciting and there is a certain fun to be had with the familiarity of it all. Tis true that its all fairly silly and the final twist is particularly hard to swallow (simply because it defies all logic and makes most of the plot completely redundant as if it needed any help) but it has some quality stalk sequences and you should find yourself rooting for Julie by the time the credits role the term you go girl springs to mind-. Plus, the final fight sequence is pure comic book bubblegum action fun, even if the open ended finale leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
Sadly the first half of I Know is dreadfully dull and wholly unconvincing, nothing happens for the first hour apart from some mindless interaction between the four leads and the vague attempts at character development fall completely flat. The set up is all abit weak as we see Julie win an exotic holiday over the radio (with an answer to a geographical question that will leave anyone with even a vague general knowledge scoffing). For good measure the makers throw in some baffling and vague religious imagery and vainly try to incorporate Ray (the only other survivor from the original gang) into the proceedings. When Julie, Will, Karla and Tyrell eventually get to the resort the audience is treated to some unnecessarily bland sequences in which Julie sees weird things and everyone else convinces her that she is going mad, None of which are done with any sense of style and become increasingly tiresome as the minutes go by.
Its not until the stalk and slash fun comes that the film really picks up its more gory and undeniably more fun than the original with its over the top death sequences and well paced chase scenes. People get thrown through windows, fall through roofs and get impaled whilst Ben Willis still has the power of 100 men making the final half hour super pleasurable. As Julie and the gang run through endless passages and hallways the audience genuinely want her to survive (a rarity in the teen slasher flick) and all the usual tools are employed to keep the tension at a fairly high level. As mentioned before its never particularly believable but the director uses camera angles, lighting and sound effects to full advantages and keeps the final 30 minutes going at such a rate that its hard not to be drawn in.
Sadly I Still Know What You Did Last Summer mistakes gore for scares, it is never particularly scary and the jumpy moments are so blatantly obvious that they have no effect. Most of the deaths involved are fairly over the top and unconvincing, but boost up the threat of Ben Willis as well as offering a few laughs (whether they are intentional is a whole other matter). Infact when I Still Know tries to be generally scary it is at its weakest and just comes off as a bit childish, no-one involved seems to have any knowledge of how to genuinely get under anyones skin and its all a bit silly. However, when its in the straight thriller territory the writers show inventiveness and instil an outlandish sense of fun into the thing after the half way point each scene has at least one thrill and the film stays clear from the choppy editing that plagues most of the contempory teen thrillers.
Jennifer Love Hewitt is a beautiful and talented actress but the character of Julie hardly gives her much room for real acting. And the scripts limitations mean that her screen presence is diluted under the burden of silly lines and sketchy character development. Still she looks good and proves to be an engaging and confident leading lady with enough energy and spark to make the character work. Plus, did I mention that she looks good? Brandy Norwood is one of my favourite singers her sweet as honey vocal styling and inventiveness make her one of the leading r and b artists but here she is used simply as the tough but likeable token black friend. She does what she can with the role and makes the first hour watchable due to her breezy charisma as well as her chemistry with Hewitt and other cast members. Freddie Prinze Junior has to be one of the most redundant actors on the teen circuit he is hopelessly unanimated and garners no emotion from the audience at all; here he is completely unconvincing and underwhelming.
I cant help but feeling that I Still Know would have been far better received by critics if it didnt insist on throwing in ludicrous and laughable plot strands. Jack Black appears as a drug addicted white Jamaican (with dodgy accent and dreads) and a strange voodoo plot line emerges without a conclusion or satisfying explanation. Whilst the former adds some quality laughs with Black hamming it up to ridiculous heights and showing the farcical character in a suitably silly manner the voodoo aspect feels like an after thought with no rhyme or reason. Sometimes its lack of believability works in its favour as it allows the pace and atmosphere to stay very high but occasionally it becomes so laughably implausible that it cant help but damage the films overall credibility. This was also a problem that plagued the original though; dead bodies are there one minute and the next they disappear without so much as a drop of blood marring the crime scene.
Overall I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is a fun, frivolous and gorey piece of bubblegum film making. Completely ridiculous but amusing all the same....
ASIN: B00004D00K £5.99
The gory American slash fest epic goes on and on and on and the public never tires of it - it's a very standard formula when you suss it - gorgeous young American babe who is just that little bit different and that little bit lonely, vulnerable, that sort of thing, becomes the object of some weirdo with a fixation on dealing out death and destruction but only after scaring his helpless victim halfway to death and back over several weeks of high pressure stalking and several evenings of frighteningly provocative undress before the big, scary finale with plenty of screaming - Friday the 13th, Halloween, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream, they're all the same really, except some have got just that little bit extra style and wit with something just a touch distinctive, but usually by the time you get to Episode 6, 7 or 8, or VI, VII or VIII as they're inevitably daubed, all pretences to art have long since gone and it's just down to milking that lovely old formula for everything there is with most of these films just being loose and ill thought out vehicles for linking together some highly unlikely set pieces of terror where the vulnerable femme screams her tits off as the lights go out. Now I just know you know exactly what I mean because you would have had to be dead from the neck up these last twenty or thirty years to have missed out on at least one of these particular types. The Last Summer series is not really any better or worse than any of the others, even if it's pretty short on uniqueness or wit. It has a typical delivery boy of fear, courtesy of a guy in a mac and sou'wester and a natty line in the use of boathooks, who seems to relish hanging around in the dark and raising from the dead more times than Jason in F13. The first Summer movie was pretty successful, so in 1998 Jennifer Love Hewitt became the object of old Fisherman Friend's death lust and we were off on another 90+ minutes of thrills, chills
, slash and mayhem. She's off as part of two couples who fly off for a lovely beach holiday competition prize in the picturesque islands off the coast of Whocouldcareless, while back at home the nutter from the sea is back up and running. There's not exactly a warm welcome from one of the nastiest hotel managers since Mr Twat (pronounced Thwaite) in Guesthouse Paradiso, who gleefully tells them that it's the end of the season so there are going to be few other blessed souls to put a hold on the slasher's fun... As old Scaredshitless apes Gloria Gaynor and I Will Survive in classic Karaoke stylee, up flashes the 'I know what you did last Summer' blurb on the TV screen, which sends her nuts, although no one else spots the words - how unusual! You see FF is here and waiting for them (why is it all homicidal maniacs have an almost telepathic ability to work out exactly where their chosen victim's have disappeared to and how they will react at any given moment? Surely they could get more gainful employment by going on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? or Mastermind? Killing people may be fun, but it doesn't pay the bills when you marry a woman who likes a decent life, now do it? And where the hell did he get the plane fare?) Anyway, inevitably Scaredshitless is left alone in her shower while her chummies are making the best of a jacuzzi downstairs and here come those threatening sawed violins, hinting obliquely at FF SMOEWHERE UNKNOWN IN HER ROOM. There's a couple of false climaxes as her hard nips show through her wet bathrobe and then FF flashes past her back in the bathroom - oh hum, here we go... Cos that's the secret of these things, a bit of honest titillation, a bit of psychological pressure, problems at night and a bad guy wandering round unseen by anyone else, until in the end we all accept what cannot really be happening. Never mind, hey, I Still Know What You Did La
st Summer is nice and scary, nice and thrilling, nice and watchable with some nice female flash on show as the tension builds. There are worse ways of spending an hour and a half, although there are also a good many better ways.
Yes folks, i'm back.... As you may have noticed, Channel 4 showed the premiere of "I know what you did last summer" last night (10th Dec.) So, inevitably, I watched it! ~ In brief ~ Director: Jim Gillespie Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar (yes, Buffy has certainly done well for herself!) Rating: 18 Length: 100 Minutes Genre: Horror ~ Whats the film about? ~ This film is based on a novel by Lois Duncan, apparantly. The film is reasonably quick to start... well it eases you into the characters quite nicely at first. The main story line begins with a violent accident that changes the lives of the four main characters: Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt), beauty queen Helen (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Barry (Ryan Philippe), and Ray (Freddie Prinze) What happens to them? Right well, <please look away now if you've not seen this film....> The friends are all down on the beach, telling a ghost story of what was supposed to be based on a true story. Yes, you can tell whats going to happen now can't you?! Right well they are driving home from the beach and unwittingly run over and kill a man crossing a mountain road on the night of July 4th. So most normal people would go to the police, own up and hope that you'd not end up in prison for a few years... well instead of doing that (and I mean lets face it, it wouldnt have been a very long film if they had have done!) The car seats were covered in alcohol, although the driver hadn't been drinking, so they figured the police would have them done for drink driving offenses too! So, quite logically, they chuck the man they'd just 'killed' into the boot of the car and drove him down to some dock yards. There, they put him on the floor ready to drop into the water and hope that he never gets traced back to t
hem. It is at this point that the more interesting stuff starts to happen.... he moves, grabs Buffy's (sorry, Helens'!) beauty queen crown - they then panick and drop him into the water. <Cut to one year later> (Yes, its annoying when they do that isn't it!) Julie has gone off to college and returns home for the summer, there is a letter waiting for her. In it it reads, (and yes, you've guessed it!) "I know what you did last summer" All in all the film is extremely predictable. But then, most films are! ~ Is the film full of suspense or gore? ~ Bit of both really, it doesn't have you gripping your seats with suspense, neither does it have you hiding behind the cushion because of the blood and guts. Seen as most of the actually bloody scenes are shot in the dark/foggy scenes you don't get to see too much blood and guts! ~ Is there any room for a sequel? ~ Yes, there is so much room for a sequel it's a joke! They make it so obvious, they even show you the fact that this mad fisherman isn't even dead right at the end of the film. Julie see's "I Still Know" written in the steam on the shower door, then of course we are left with the image of him leaping onto poor Julie. ~ Is there a sequel out yet? ~ Yes again. Aplty named "I still know what you did last summer".... hey, I guess its slightly more original than "I know what you did last summer 2"! ~ Whats my rating? ~ Well see the stars I give it. I'd say a 7.5/10.
It's been one year since the events of the original, and two years since the road accident. Jennifer Love Hewitt is having nightmares about what happened, and of the revenge of the Fisherman (I still hate that name). Then, she and her new best friend Brandy win a trip to some tropical island. But someone has engineered their holiday and is out for revenge. This is one of the worst slashers that I have ever seen in my entire life. The plot is non-sensical and the writing displays the intelligence level of a four year old. This film's money shot depends entirely on Hewitt's "assets". Don't get me wrong; I'm a big fan of JLH, but this is all about the cleavage. The tanning bed scene has got to one of the most convoluted and pointless in history, and much more annoying than that whole pod race thing in Star Wars Episode I. I have to admit though that the little competition incident comes very close. How could anyone seriously have gotten that question wrong? And I thought Hewitt's character was revealed in the first to be some kind of whizzkid. Damned plot inconsistencies. The only real highlights I can really think of at this point in time are the inclusion of Bill Cobbs and Jeffrey Combs (himself a bit of a cult legend after his roles in both Re-Animator and The Frighteners) into the cast. The direction isn't all that bad either, but the director had very little to work with from the script in terms of characters, story or common sense. From start to finish, this film is convoluted, pointless and utterly humiliating to the audience. While the cast all pull off good performances (even Freddy Prinze Jr. seems to have had an acting lesson or two) this film is completely let down by its script.
I brought this film for £3 because it was an ex-rental, and also because I am a fan of horror I like to see every genre film I can. When I sat down to watch this I didn't exactly have the highest of expectations because the first film was so rubbish, but I thought, through some miracle prehaps this movie isn't so bad, but sadly, after watching it I can safely say that I Still Know isn't as good as the first one, it's worse and make the first look like a modern horror masterpiece. Julie and Ray, the two annoying survivers of the first film, are still together. Ray (Freddie Prince Jr) still works on the boats, and Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt)is at college and having nightmares. It is a year on from the last film. Julie and her roommate Karla (Brandy) win a holiday to the Baharma's. They invite Ray, who can't come and Karla's boyfriend Tyrell (Mekhi Phifer) to come with them. Ray decides to surprise Julie and arrive to go with her but has a run in with Ben Willis and is hospitalised. So Karla invites Will to take Ray's place. They all have fun on the island until they realise that they have arrived in storm season. The locals start to get knocked off one by one, but no one believes Julie about the dead bodies in the closet etc. Meanwhile Ray is on his way to save Julie. Julie realises Ben is back. Will Ray save her before it's too late? Who will survive? Who really cares? (Not me) This film is bad, terrible, horrible, basically it stinks. All the worst bits from the worst have been made ten times worse and made into I Still Know. The scariest part in this film is the fact it was made. It is so predictable, you don't even need to watch it. Throughout the film you keep wishing they would kill Ben already so this stinker of a movie will end. The characters are there to sturute around in next to nothing and scream. This does every horror movie cliche to death, let me give you an example, most of t
he deaths occur at night or in the rain. There is a red herring as a suspect, the radio is dead. You get the pictures. If watching patronishing chracters run around screaming see this film. But if you prefer films with a plot, steer clear.
A sequel (doomed!) to 'I know what you did last summer' Sequels are never as good as the original -think 'Scream', 'Home Alone' and 'Halloween' etc. This film unfortunately is no different. I know it's supposed to be a horror film, but I found parts of it hilarious. Heres the basic plot- in the original there is a group of teens who accidentally knock down a man think he's dead and throw him in the sea. The thing is he isn't and comes back for revenge. The only two survivors are in this sequel. Julie(Jennifer Love Hewitt) and Ray (Freddie Prince Jnr) and they are high school sweethearts. I won't tell you what happens in detail as it may spoil it for you if you haven't seen it already. Brandy plays Karla Julie's best friend in the film. The thing is none of the characters in the film are very convincing actors. Jennifer Love Hewitt comes across well as a paranoid teen in the beginning, but the rest of the time she's not that great. Another bad point about the film is that there's no mystery to who the killer may be. We are told quite early on. However there's a lot of blood and gore in the film, so horror fanatics won't be disappointed! Check this film out if you like making fun of bad actors, or if you're a bloke who likes Hewitt. You will see a lot of her. P.S Does anyone know what the end was all about??! it was really strange, probably to leave the option open for another sequel (nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!)
The sequel of the hit film I know what you did last summer, Brought out in 1998 and stars Jannifer Love Hewitt and Brandy. Julie James (Jennifer) cant move on from what she did, and she misses her best friend Helen who got killed by the stalker fisherman two summers ago. Since then Julie's grade have slipped and her relationship with Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr) hasnt been the same since High School. Karla Wilson (Brandy) who is Julie's best friend wins an all expenses paid holiday to the Bahamas for the fourth of July weekend. She can bring four people with her so she tells Julie to bring someone as she is bringing Tyrell her boyfriend. Julie asks ray to go but he says no but when he comes off the phone with her he decides that he should go as he is going to ask her to marry him, but what he doesnt know is on his way to julie's he runs into ben willis the fisherman and ray gets put in hospital. When its time for karla, tyrell and julie to go away, tyrell pulls up in his car with his mate will who is actually ben willis's son but they dont know that. When they arrive at the Bahamas, their romantic getaway turns into a vacation of murder. Karla's boyfriend tyrell gets killed and ray finally arrives at the island to save julie and karla. This film is beter taht I know what you did last summer, it was rated 18 as it was a horror film and the violence was frequent and strong. If you like horror films then you should watch this one as it is one of the best. The actor/actresses are really good and it stars Brandy who has had a top 10 hit with her brother Ray-j with their cover of Phil collins song another day in paradise.
"I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" is the sequel to the very popular teen horror "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Both Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr play their original characters, Ray and Julie however this time there's also the added bonus of Brandy and the new talent Mekhi Phifer. The story is based around Julie and Ray escaping death in the previous film after almost killing Ben Willis and then covering it up. In this film Ben is back to get his wish and kill them both, no matter how many people die as a result. "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" is full of extra twists to make an over all successful film. However as I'm in the DVD section it is more important to be discussing the added features. I bought the film on region 2 as a wide screen presentation for £14-99, which is fairly reasonable as far as DVD's are concerned. All of the features are very easy to access. Once the DVD is inserted into a player the menu screen automatically loads up. All of the options appear on the screen and the menu can easily be accessed at any point in the film by pressing the menu key. As expected it has multiple language subtitles and language choice. The choices even range as far as Hebrew! It also has scene selection so that you can jump to any part of the film at the click of a button. In this part of the menu each chapter is given a title and a small picture so it's easy to see which part of the film it is referring to. Even though this feature is available on almost all DVD's I find it essential in my viewing. For example if you watch part of the film and forget to mark the DVD at the place you get to you simply go to the scene selections and pick the chapter you require. Included on the DVD is a music video. This is of one of the songs featured in the film and Jennifer Love Hewit herself performs it. So an extra added bonus for any males. The song is fairly good and there are cl
ips of the film included with it. Two theatrical trailers are included, the English and American versions. I questioned the purpose of these to begin with but it's quite interesting to see why you were attracted to the film in the first place. However I'd probably say that are more of a disadvantage than an advantage as obviously they show about three minutes of the best parts of the film, so the rest doesn't seem as good. Finally there are filmographies and a behind the scenes featurette. I feel that both are somewhat of a let down. The filmographies obviously for fill the criteria but they are pretty boring unless you are particularly interested in one of the actors/actresses. The behind the scenes featurette is fairly short and shows clips from the film more than clips from behind the scenes! The sound and picture quality are excellent and shows a clear difference between DVD and ordinary videotapes. I even connected my hifi to my DVD player and it was like being at the cinema with the amazing quality. Over all this DVD is a good buy, especially for £14-99. It's of a high quality, includes the expected and more added material and of course the film itself is a bonus.
What possessed them to write a sequel??? Wasnt the first movie bad enough. I'm pretty sure it was filmed for a dare. Lets see where do i start??? Jennifer LoveHugeTits is still a bad melodramatic actress, with minus 3 talent. She has a great future as a bra model but not an actress... Brandy....now correct me if i'm wrong but isnt she a singer not an actress. Ok thats what i thought and no she cant act either. Freddie Prinze Junior is back with avengence and still hasnt learnt how to act... There are a load of other talentless teen actors in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, much the same as its predecessor. The lame plot goes something like this: Brandy and Jenn win a trip to a tropical island, they take their boyfriends, theres a storm on the island obviously leading to a power cut and then people start to die... Can you guess who did it??? Believe me you wont care by the time you find out. Dont waste 2 hours of your life watching this movie...unless you want a laugh.
After the original film pulled in over $100 million worlwide a sequal was always on the cards and just over a year later we got one. The film is directed by Brit Danny Cannon who made a decent british thriller called The Young Americans, then got screwed by Stallone on Judge Dredd before making a small but decent noir called Pheonix. Basically the plot revolves around Julie James (love Hewitt) who is now at university but a bit paranoid. She is drifting apart from boyfriend Ray (Prinze Jr) and is in the affections of a classmate called Will. Her roomie Karla wins a trip to the bahamas from a radio station and takes Julie, Will and her boyfriend along. Naturally the man with the hook turns up and all hell breaks loose. It's not the best plot and has a lot of stupid moments but it's well shot and somehow manages to be entertaining thanks to some nice cleavage (yes that's right) and nice scenery. I have the R1 version of this film purely because it was on dvd in the states before a cinema release over here ! The R2 version is the same though apart from the full screen version not being included. The film itself is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and as with most Columbia titles the transfer is excellent with solid colours and no dirt, blemishes etc. Sound wise it's in Dolby Digital 5.1 and it's very loud whenever a scare is happening. Apart from that it's good all round with a lot of atmosphere. There's also a 2.0 mix if you like. Extras are a bit dull though. First up is one of those dull 'making of' featurettes that lasts 7 minutes and is really just promotional fluff with not a lot of making of footage in it. Classic qoute "that's whats scary, when you can't quite figure someone out but they just keep coming!" Next is a music video from star Jennifer Love Hewitt for a song called 'How Do I Deal'. Love has a nice voice and it's a
good video. Lastly there is a trailers section with trailers for the film, the original and another Love film called 'Can't Hardly Wait' which I reccomend. You'll either hate or like the film. Personally I think it's big dumb fun that doesn't require a brain but doesn't really get on your nerves like some other teen horror flicks.
This is a review of the R2 version of this disc. Following on from the fist film in the series, this second film features the survivors from the first film, thrust into a life or death struggle once again, and who can they really trust with a murderer on the loose? The DVD is a single sided affair, with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. It is enhanced for 16:9 screens. The audio options include English and German 5.1 Dolby Digital mixes, and the running time is 97 mins. There are a plethora of european language subtitles on the disc as well. Onto the extras, and this disc scores quite highly in my opinion. The standard menus and chapter stops are present, with a healthy 28 chapter stops to make use of in the film. The original teaser trailer and theatrical trailer are included on the disc, and really add to the overall experience.. in particular the teaser trailer is a very effective piece. The featurette is a standard fluff piece by the production studio, but the standout extra on the disc has to be the music video, with Jennifer Love Hewitt (star of the film) singing one of her songs, with bits of the film added to the video. This is a great song, and it's little wonder that Hewitt is a quite big star in the states, with 3 Albums to her name :D This was almost worth buying the DVD for on it's own, to tell the truth, and it's a great song with a top notch video. There are also filmographies for the cast, which are pretty good.
There was so much story left to tell after I Know What You Did Last Summer that the filmmakers brought back all the beloved, surviving characters from the first film for this sequel. Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr), Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt), and Julie's white tank top (Jennifer Love Hewitt's white tank top) return to once again face a hook-wielding maniac. Not satisfied merely to repeat a theme, director Danny Cannon and screenwriter Trey Callaway add variation by introducing Karla (Brandy) as Julie's best friend in the whole wide world. Karla and Julie have won a summer trip to the Bahamas with their current infatuations but find that they've arrived at the start of the storm season and that at their hotel "Do Not Disturb" signs should flip to say "R.I.P." One can only hope to hang just such a sign on this repetitive, tedious franchise, especially since this version is less scary than the price of beer in those little hotel room refrigerators. Definite contender for Gratuitous T&A Shot of the Year (it's of Hewitt and that's not meant as a recommendation). --Keith Simanton