I Know What You
Did Last Summer
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||Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan
Phillippe, Freddie Prinz, Jr., Johnny Galecki
Not unless your twisted.
She might get scared and hold your hand.
Maybe that's what was missing?
A couple of quality kills, but the same fishhook killing
I laughed, but I don't think I was supposed to.
The first kill with the fishhook was pretty cool.
"I didn't know her breasts were so ample."
Neal H. Moritz, Erik Feig, and Stokely Chaffin
"Summer Breeze." It was once what would be
considered by many of the youth of today as one of those sappy songs
from the 70's. Seals and Crofts made it famous, and I'm almost sad to
say I can still sing along with it. Well, what do the youth of today
do when they don't like something - they change it. And so, this
sappy, happy song was spurned into a demon sounding rant by, I
believe, the band Type O Negative during the opening sequence for the
latest horror/slasher movie "I Know What You Did Last Summer." It was
one of the few original ideas, although even it was borrowed, in the
I Know What You
Did Last Summer
A Movie Review
Now, slasher type movie either fall into the realm of being
original, with new themes on the old "boogie-man" fright, or they try
to make fun of the stereotypical themes that must accompany any good
slasher film, or those that just take the same pranks and misfortunes
and come out as nothing new. "I Know What You Did Last Summer,"
unfortunately, falls into category three.
Yea, I'll probably ruin a lot of the plot in this summary, but I
doubt it. First off, you take four graduating high schoolers, during
their last summer at home. You've got the beauty queen - Helen (Sarah
Michelle Geller), the practical college girl - Julie (Jennifer Love
Hewitt), the rich sports jock - Barry (Ryan Phillippe) (who of course
is dating the beauty queen), and the dude who comes from the working
class without the big bucks his friends have - Ray (Freddie Prinze,
Jr.). Celebrating at the beach, at least they show some
responsibility by having the dude who wasn't drinking drive home.
Well, driving around the twisting roads, they crash into some other
dude, and they think he is dead. What to do, what to do? Man, the
cops will never believe the sober dude was driving, their life's are
screwed, so they make a pact and decide to dump the body in the ocean
where the undertow will drag the body out to sea and it won't be
found until the crabs eat it. They stuff the body in the trunk and
head down to the marina to throw the body off the pier. Now I'm not a
boating person, and correct me if I'm wrong, but how many marina
areas have a wicked undertow? Isn't the purpose of a marina area to
be calm to dock the boats? I'm sorry, I digress, back to our four
Well, low and behold, right before they roll the "dead" dude into
the ocean, he gets up, but they throw him in anyway. Calmer heads
prevail, and they decide to leave the dude for the crabs. Rather than
an accident it is now murder. Well, alright, it wasn't murder because
a year later, upon returning home, Julie, who is flunking out, she
gets a letter simply stating "I know what you did last summer." The
killings begin, and the typical scenes ensue. For example, Julie
hears a scratching in her trunk, she opens it to find a dead body
with a bunch of crabs, she heads for the hills (or at least her
friend's house), they return, and the trunk is empty, and spotless (I
want to hire the crazy killer simply for his car cleaning skills).
Then you've got Barry carefully protecting Helen. He's hanging out in
the deserted balcony during the beauty pageant. Yea, you got it,
Barry gets the old fishhook while Helen watches, and when the cops
finally go investigate there is no body to be found. I won't bore you
with more, except to say you might be able to find the sequel out
sometime next year, maybe it will be called "I Know What You Did A
Couple Summers Ago," because, yes, after the big fight on the boat,
and they pull up the fishing nets, all that comes up is the
killer-dudes arm with a fishhook. They kind of have an ending after
that, with crazy fisherman dude showing up in Julie's shower, but
they leave it wide open. After all, you can't kill the boogie-man.
So, did I ruin enough of the movie for you? I mean, the movie
wasn't that bad, it just wasn't anything new, and if you couldn't
figure out when and where the people were going to get the mighty
fishhook, I'm guessing you are one of the 13 year olds I saw in the
theater, unaccompanied by parent or adult guardian, who haven't seen
the better movies that have done the same scenes first. About the
only obligatory slasher movie scene that was missing was the
"boyfriend and girlfriend go to have sex in the bedroom only to be
interrupted by the killer" scene. Anyway, even without the sex scene
(I'm sorry, those scenes on the beach at the beginning don't count),
if you were one of those youngin's, or a perverted oldin, you will
probably be liking the half-shirts that Helen and Julie wear.
Other than rehashing the same slasher scenes, I guess I was more
disappointed by the multitude attempts at suspense and the lack of
really good quality kills. I mean, the first time with the fishhook
through the chin was pretty cool, but it got a little old after the
first couple. That and the fact that they don't seem to be teaching
good first-aid techniques (i.e. taking a pulse), in high school
anymore. I feel sorry for today's youth.
So, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" gets, hmmmm, hell, I'm in a
generous mood today, so I'll give it 2 STARS OUT OF 5. It wasn't bad,
and I know a lot of people will probably go see it, but for me I
would wait to watch it on cable or maybe rent the video.
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right! L8R!!