From the Archive: I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) Review

There is just something so comforting about a cheesy 90s Horror Movie.


DIRECTOR:  Jim Gillespie

STARRING:  Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche

SCREENPLAY:  Lois Duncan (novel), Kevin Williamson (screenplay)

GENRE:  Horror/Slasher

RUNTIME:  101 Minutes

★★★ 3.5 Stars  

Everything about this film screams 90s.  The costumes, the crappy dialogue, it even has the quintessential 90s casting.  All of these things combined should make this film a complete train wreak. And while you could argue I suppose, that’s true, there is always going to be something entertaining abut these nineties horror/slasher flicks.   

While driving home after a night of partying, a group of teens hit a guy in the middle of the road.  Rather than call the police they decide to cover up the mistake and dump the guy into the sea, a perfectly normal response to a car accident right? A year later, Julie returns to her hometown for the summer, and receives a threatening note that simply says ‘I know what you did last summer.’  The slowly, one by one the kids start to be picked off in a deadly game of revenge.

This films is such a cliché, that ‘Scary Movie’took the piss out of it.  You will find very little of substance here.  It is a pure eye roller the entire time, but if like me, you enjoy the campy horror movies that where made during this time, you really can’t get much better than this one (Screamof course being the best of the best.)  

How anyone ever cast Freddie Prince Jr in any film ever is a mystery to me.  He is just as gormless and flat as he is in any film he does, Neither Ryan Phillippe or Sarah Michelle Geller give career best performances here and when the stand out performance is by a secondary character (Missy Egan, played by Anne Heche) then you know that there isn’t a great deal of talent going around.

Still, as slasher movies go, this one is a classic, and one I recommend you watch at least once, if only to see how far the horror genre has come in the last ten years or so.  

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