If you feel like sitting back with one arm around your honey
and your eyes watching a bunch of adolescent types with soft
brains that definitely don't work too quickly as they travel down
the slippery path of the slaughtered, then this is
unquestionably the film for you. It's one rung above many of
the "slasher" films and will thrill many more than anything
offered since "Halloween". Basically the same kind of set-up
as that or "Friday the 13th" or "Nightmare on Elmstreet" or
whatever, it takes a situation where everyone can be preyed
upon and exploits it.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
© Columbia Pictures
© 1997 Mandalay Entertainment
photo: James Bridges
Celebrating the last 4th of July after leaving high school, Julie
(Jennifer Love Hewitt), Helen (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Ray
(Freddie Prinze, Jr.), and Barry (Ryan Phillippe) drive off into
the night as well as into a lone traveler standing on the road.
Not knowing what to do, and not wanting to get into any
serious trouble, they do what any respectable high school
graduate worried about ruining a career potential would do
and toss the awkward evidence (i.e. body) into the water
where it can be unobtrusively washed away and eaten by fish.
Whoops, the body with the bloody head was still alive, they
realize as it flails about before disappearing into the deep.
And that, they hope, is the end of that. But their trouble
continues the following year when a letter arrives saying (you
guessed it) "I know what you did last summer". Somebody
else shares their secret.
Yes, the bodies begin to fall. One can't help, but feel sorry for
Max (Johnny Galecki), the poor boy who becomes the first
victim of the gruesome reaper Despite having had nothing to
do with the event of the previous year, poor Max winds up both
deceased and with a bad case of crabs.
It would be a pity to reveal anything else, because this is
merely a film of twists, turns and surprises (all extremely
predictable) and doesn't pretend to be anything else. It's full
of plot flaws, but don't let that disturb you. It may not have the
clever edge of a film like "Shallow Grave," but then many
don't. If you like this genre, hold onto your popcorn and
scream yourself silly (like they do on screen).
And don't forget: drinking and driving don't mix. Happy 4th of
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