I Know What You Did Last Summer Reviews
This was made once Scream made teen slasher movies cool again. However here there is none of the ironic humour or self-referencing that made Scream good. Rather this is a straight up horror thriller that lacks anything to make it special or standout from the rest. The plot revolves around a murdered fisherman, with several red-herrings thrown into the mix. The red-herrings don't really work and to be honest you pretty much don't care about the ins and outs of who's doing the killing. Really however the plot is a bit of a disappointment and it doesn't really involve you.
The biggest failing of the film is the performances. The murderer is not as effective as ones like Ghostface or Freddy - partly because he lacks screen presence but also because we all feel sorry for him - after all he's not crazy, he's only taking revenge. The teens in question make it worse - with the exception of Love Hewitt and maybe Prinze they are pretty unpleasant people - spoilt brats mainly. From the start onwards you want them to be killed - it makes it even harder to care about what's going on when you don't care if the characters live or die.
Overall this is a rather tame horror movie - low on bodycount and gore, only some action scenes are tense and exciting but most things you can see coming a mile away. The red-herrings are left unexplained at the end (why is Ray the only one not targeted?) and the end is both lazy and insulting - and of course leaves it open for a sequel. Great.
It was still a good watch, but where was the gore?
It's got a hot young cast: sexy Jennifer Love Hewitt is a great screamer, Sarah Michelle Gellar is loveable and legendary, Freddie Prinze Jr. is a hunky hero, and Ryan Phillippe is a tough dude who isn't afraid of any fisherman! Anne Heche also appears as a nutty lady living in a shack by the sea.
The script and direction is slick. There are creepy stalking scenes, scary and gruesome kills, and suspenseful chase sequences. It's done very well.
This movie rocks too:
the opening credits have a great flyover shot of ocean cliffs at night while a sombre version of "Summer Breeze" plays, and the end credits have an pounding version of "Hush".