I Know What You Did Last Summer

1997

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

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Critic Consensus: A by-the-numbers slasher that arrived a decade too late, the mostly tedious I Know What You Did Last Summer will likely only hook diehard fans of the genre.

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Kevin Williamson scripted this thriller, an adaptation of Lois Duncan's novel about four teens involved in a hit-and-run incident. High school senior Julie is driving with friends when their car hits a fisherman. Assuming he's dead, they throw him in the water. Later they panic after an anonymous note arrives. It simply says, "I know what you did last summer." (In Duncan's book, the teens hit a small boy on a bicycle instead of a fisherman.)

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Critic Reviews for I Know What You Did Last Summer

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (11)

...competent but uninspired...

Jun 18, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A smart, sharply drawn genre film with a moral center and a solid cast.

Jan 22, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

...fun, energetic and fairly scary.

Feb 14, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Like Williamson, Jim Gillespie, the director, respects the conventions of the genre.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Predictably, the derivative title here is a jumping-off point for another derivative slasher-revenge pic.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4
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The best shot in this film is the first one. Not a good sign.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I Know What You Did Last Summer

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Kevin Williamson, the same guy who wrote the witty screenplay of Scream making fun of the clichés of horror movies and slashers, also wrote this one here but embracing all those dumb clichés instead; still, at least Gillespie is able to make it suspenseful and relatively fun.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Yawn. So there's a group of teenagers, they kill someone, that someone comes back ... are you bored yet? Yeah me to. The classic mix of screaming beauties, testosterone riddled jocks and slightly outcast plain people running around convincing themselves that anything they do for the 90 minutes this movie lasts matters in the slightest to anyone. One of my least favorite movies ever, and certainly not what one would deem "horror".

Unknown Hobo
Unknown Hobo

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It wasn't that good.....but it wasn't bad eighter

Martin Sahlin
Martin Sahlin

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1996 onwards saw the great Teen horror boom made famous by Wes Craven's Scream. A year later, they decided to create this mess and basically using the template of Scream as guide on creating a new trend of hip and cool horror films. Well these "horror" films fail to capture the essence of old school horror. Scream is an exception because it had so many homage's and clichés to the genre that it was fun to watch. But this? This is pure trash. Semi decent idea for a story ruined by a poor cast, acting and directing. I Know What You Did Last Summer is a poor excuse for a horror film, and I've never seen anything as bad as this. Yeah, ok maybe Urban Legends and its equally dreadful sequel. I Know What You Did Last Summer is a poorly executed horror film that should be avoided by every horror fan. This film is just a poor attempt at cashing in on the success of Scream, at least Scream was fun, but this film is plainly bad. The actors here are forgettable and they pathetic in their attempt at "acting". This was one of the worst years for so called "horror" films. This is a stupid piece of garbage that the only reason it was marketed to teens is because they would think it would be cool. Well, these films haven't stood the test of time like the horror gems of the past.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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