I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) Movie Review

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1997 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
101 minutes /

User Score: 64/100

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I Know What You Did Last Summer Review


After a nasty accident, four friends begin to drift apart. One year later Julie James gets a anonymous message and then a slicker wearing, hook wielding killer begins to rip apart her life.

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) is an American mystery thriller slasher film that was loosely based on Lois Duncan‘s 1973 novel of the same name. The novel is not a slasher novel whereas the movie is and the movie also took inspiration from an urban legend, The Hook. Director Jim Gillespie (Eye See You (2002), Venom (2005), Joyride (1995)) did a good job executing this movie with the screenplay he had to work with. The film contains sexual references, comedy, mystery, bad language, violence, murders, and suspense.

I Know What You Did Last Summer revolves around four friends that are being stalked by a killer one year after they covered up a car accident that killed someone. Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt - Ghost Whisperer (2005), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)) her boyfriend Ray, Julie’s best friend Helen, and Helen’s boyfriend Barry drove to a secluded beach after drinking heavily at a party. Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr. - Scooby-Doo (2002), She’s All That (1999), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)) was driving the group home but became distracted and hits a pedestrian on July 4, 1996. The group cannot come to a conclusion that everyone agrees on as to what to do with the body. Julie’s final answer of disposing the man’s body into the water is what they decided to do. As the group began taking the body to the dock, the man revives and fights back only to fall into the water and drown.

Julie returns home from college for the summer one year later and receives a letter stating, "I know what you did last summer." After a few events and one murder, Barry receives a note in his gym locker with a picture of his BMW and a note saying "I know." It did not take long for Barry almost to die as someone wearing a rain slicker tries to run him over with his car. Julie later told the group that they had hit David Egan on July 4, 1996. I enjoyed this movie for what it offers and consider it to be entertaining although it was sort of boring at points and dragged on. I gave this movie a five because of the plot and effort put forth by the director. The screenplay was at fault, and the director did a good job trying to direct the movie from a screenplay that was surely falling apart. The actors also did a good job, but it was not their best performance as I am familiar with a few of them. The makeup department and special effects were not excellent but were not bad either. The movie is a hit or miss and most likely will only be enjoyed by open-minded viewers that will not question what is going on but instead go with the flow.

About I Know What You Did Last Summer 1997

Title: I Know What You Did Last Summer
Year: 1997
Runtime: 101 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.2/5 stars from 25 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 25
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Muse Watson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, John Bennes, Anne Heche, J. Don Ferguson, William Neely, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Johnny Galecki, Lynda Clark, Shea Broom, Jennifer Bland, Jonathan Quint, Richard Dale Miller, Mary Neva Huff, David Lee Hartman, Patti D'Arbanville, David F. Maxwell, Stuart Greer, Stephen McKenna, Deborah Hobart, Mary McMillan, Rasool J'Han, Dan Albright
Writers: Lois Duncan, Kevin Williamson
Director: Jim Gillespie