REVIEW: I’LL ALWAYS KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER

CAST

Brooke Nevin (Scorpion)
David Paetkau (Flashpoint)
Torrey DeVito (The Vampire Diaries)
Ben Easter (Pearl Harbor)
Seth Packard (Fire Creek)
K.C. Clyde (Do No Harm)
Don Shanks (Urban Legends: Bloody Mary)

There was talk a long time ago, after “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” had come and gone, that the “I Know…” movies were to be made into a trilogy, following suit of such franchises as “Scream”. I remember reading on the net of a possible “I’ll Always Know…” (perhaps the only remaining way to re-phrase the title of the original). But nothing happened – Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. went on to different things and the fans made peace with it. Then in 2006 this came out. When a film entitled “I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer” follows on from previous ones called “I Know” and “I Still Know” you expect it to be a continuation, but it isn’t.t.A  group of kids on a fairground ride on July 4th discussing the “legend” of the hook-wielding fisherman. This then saunters into said kids acting out a full-on prank involving the fisherman, in order to scare their peers. Unfortunately, the prank goes hideously wrong and results in the actual death of someone. This is when the story begins to take an identical path to “I Know…”, with similar scripting, similar scenes and a similar overall route. It begins when the four leads sit around a fire and vow to take the fact that they were behind the prank-gone-wrong to their graves – just like the original. We then witness scenes that are mirror-images to “I Know…”: the aggressive male accusing a peer of sending them threats; the two female leads sitting in a car questioning what happened to their friendship; a death at a small-town talent show. The only attempt at difference and separation is that the characters receive “I Know What You Did Last Summer” notes in the form of text message and written out in water by a swimming pool.45 minutes in, the movie starts to become its own. Amber – the heroine – begins to do her homework and discovers that the “legend” derives from what happened to a group of teens a few years ago in a fishing town and then on a remote island in The Bahamas. This is where the “I’ll Always Know” part of it begins to come into play and actually starts to relate back to the story of the original two films.It’s pleasing in that the killer actually has something to do with the previous films, but odd because, unlike “I Know…” and “I Still Know…”, it takes on a supernatural element that is not in keeping with the theme and feel of this franchise. “I’ll Always Know…” justifies itself by linking its story back to the original killer and scenario, but at the end of the day this series should not have been completed without the characters of Julie and Ray. With “I Still Know…” having been left open at the end (Julie’s being dragged under her bed at the last-minute by Ben Willis), if there was ever to be an “I’ll Always Know…” it should have contained the original survivors and no air of the paranormal.

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REVIEW: I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER

i still know

CAST

Jennifer Love Hewitt (Heartbreakers)
Freddie Prince Jr. (Scooby-Doo)
Brandy Norwood (Moesha)
Mekhi Phifer (8 Mile)
Muse Watson (NCIS)
Bill Cobbs (The Bodyguard)
Matthew Settle (Gossip Girl)
Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator)
Jennifer Esposito (Summer of Sam)
John Hawkes (The Sessions)
Jack Black (Goosebumps)

One year after the events of the first film, Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is attending summer classes in Boston, in avoidance of returning to her hometown of Southport. She suffers from memories and nightmares of the accident and brutal murders of her friends by the vengeful fisherman, Ben Willis (Muse Watson), the summer before.Julie’s friend Karla Wilson (Brandy) receives a phone call from a local radio station, asking her to participate in a contest to win an all-expenses-paid vacation to the Bahamas for the Fourth of July weekend. Karla must guess the capital of Brazil. Her answer is “Rio de Janeiro”. The radio host tells her she is right (though the correct answer is Brasilia) and she is given four tickets for the trip. Julie invites her boyfriend, Ray (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), but he declines. He is hurt by her earlier refusal to visit him in Southport. Ray intends to propose to Julie, and changes his mind about the trip, planning to show up as a surprise. That evening, Ray and his co-worker Dave (John Hawkes) drive to Boston to meet Julie. They stop due to a car in the middle of the road. As Ray gets out to inspect the scene, Ben Willis appears and kills Dave with his hook. Ben takes Ray’s truck and chases him down the road. Ray gets away, but is injured from falling down a hill.The next morning, Julie and Karla depart on the trip with Karla’s boyfriend Tyrell (Mehki Phifer) and their friend, Will Benson (Matthew Settle). Knowing Will has a crush on Julie, Karla invited him as a replacement for Ray, much to Julie’s discomfort. The group arrives in the Bahamas, on the island of Tower Bay, to find that other guests are leaving due to the imminent hurricane season. To her surprise, Julie is sharing a hotel room with Will. That evening at the hotel’s bar, Julie is talked into singing karaoke. She stops when the words “I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER” roll onto the screen. Terrified, she runs back to her room and is met by Will, who laid out for her flowers and a love note. Julie sidesteps Will’s affection for her, while Tyrell and Karla (and later Will) get into the hot tub.Julie notices her toothbrush is missing. Feeling something is wrong, she searches the room and finds Darick, the dockhand, hanging dead in the closet. She gets Tyrell, Karla, and Will, but when they return there is no sign of Darick. Julie tries to call the cops, but the phone lines are dead due to an incoming hurricane. The group and the hotel staff prepare for the storm.The following day, the group finds that several hotel staff and the manager have been murdered and the two-way radio, their only way of contact, has been destroyed. Isolated, Julie tells the others about the previous summer. Tyrell suspects that Estes (Bill Cobbs), the boat hand porter, is the killer, since he is the only one who cannot be found. The group goes to Estes’ apartment, searching for clues. They find Julie’s toothbrush and Karla’s hair tie, concluding Estes has been using voodoo to protect them. Estes appears and states the capital of Brazil is not Rio, meaning the trip was a set-up. He leads them to a graveyard in the forest with the graves of Ben Willis’ wife and daughter, and an empty grave and tombstone with Julie’s name. Estes explains that Ben and his wife Sarah had two children: a son, Will, and a daughter, Susan. Ben murdered Sarah in the hotel room that Julie is staying in when he found out about her affair and her plans to leave him with their children.Estes goes missing, and Will volunteers to find him. Will finds Estes but he attacks Will while Ray takes a boat to the island. Meanwhile, Julie, Karla, and Tyrell head to the hotel kitchen for something to eat, and find Nancy (Jennifer Esposito), the bartender, hiding in the freezer. Ben appears and kills Tyrell. The girls retreat to the attic, where Karla is attacked by Ben. They both fall through to the hotel bedroom below. Karla runs from the room and jumps onto the greenhouse. Julie and Nancy rescue Karla and run to the storm cellar to take refuge. They find that the storm cellar stores Ben’s victims. Will bursts in and convinces the girls to head back to the hotel, stating that he saw Ben on the beach.Back at the hotel, Julie sees Will is bleeding from his stomach, so Nancy takes Karla to find a first aid kit. While retrieving the kit, Nancy and Karla find Estes has been impaled with a harpoon. Ben appears and kills Nancy. Back in the lobby, Julie is tending to Will, unable to find a wound. Will admits this is because it is not his blood. He asks Julie what her favorite radio station is, revealing he was the radio host and killed Estes with the harpoon. Will drags Julie to the graveyard, and tells her he is Ben Willis’s son, explaining his actions. Ben appears and attacks Julie. Ray arrives, and a fight ensues between him and Will. When Ben tries to stab Ray, Ray moves and Ben accidentally kills Will instead. While Ben is distraught from killing his son, Julie takes a gun and shoots him in the chest. Ben falls dead into the grave made for Julie. Ray comforts Julie. Back at the hotel, Karla is found alive. The three are rescued by the coast guard. Sometime later, Ray and Julie have married and are in their new home. Ray is brushing his teeth before bed and Julie is in their bedroom. The bathroom door is quietly shut and locked while Ray is occupied. Julie sits down on her bed, looks in the mirror, and sees Ben under the bed. She screams as Ben grabs her foot with his hook and pulls her under.This was an okay sequel. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer moves away from the suspenseful thriller kind of movie that viewers witnessed in its predecessor and transitions to more of a slasher horror. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. reprise their roles from the first film as the couple of Julie and Ray. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is one of those movies that have you asking too many questions throughout the duration of the film. This would mark the last of the I Know What You Did films to feature any of the original cast and crew as a third sequel released in 2006 titled “I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer featured a fresh new cast.

REVIEW: I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER

 

CAST

Jennifer Love Hewitt (Heartbreakers)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Cruel Intentions)
Ryan Phillippe (Crash)
Freddie Prince Jr. (Scooby-Doo)
Anne Heche (Wag The Dog)
Bridgette Wilson (Mortal Kombat)
Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory)
Muse Watson (NCIS)

On the Fourth of July, Julie James, her boyfriend Ray, Julie’s best friend Helen and Helen’s boyfriend Barry drive home from a party. While driving, Ray becomes distracted, accidentally hitting a pedestrian. Max, who has a crush on Julie, stops nearby. Julie convinces him everything is okay, so he leaves. The group decides to dispose of the body. At the docks, the man revives, but falls into the water and apparently drowns.The following year, Julie is home from college for the summer. She receives a letter stating, “I know what you did last summer.” She tells Barry and Helen about the note; Barry suspects Max. The trio go to the docks where Max works as a fisherman. Barry threatens Max with a hook. Julie discovers that Ray works there, and he tries reconciling with Julie. That evening, Max is secretly killed by a figure in a rain slicker wielding a hook. Barry discovers a note in his gym locker containing a picture of his car and the message, “I know.” Barry gets his jacket stolen and is almost run over by the slicker-wearing figure, driving Barry’s car. Julie realizes that the person they hit was David Egan. She and Helen head out to the Egan home. They find David’s sister Missy, who explains that David’s death devastated their family. Missy tells them that an old friend, Billy Blue, paid his respects after David died.As Helen prepares for the Fourth of July parade, the killer sneaks into her house, cuts off her hair and writes, “Soon,” on her mirror. As Julie rushes to Helen’s house, she finds Max’ corpse wearing Barry’s jacket in her trunk. When she goes to show the others, the body is missing. Julie, Helen, and Barry confront Ray about recent events. Ray claims to have received a similar letter. As Helen and Barry participate in the parade, Barry notices people wearing the same kind of slicker. Chasing one, Barry leaves Helen on one of the parade floats. As it passes by a building, she notices a shadowy figure in a slicker wielding a hook threateningly.That same day, Julie revisits Missy. Missy tells Julie that David left a suicide note. As the writing matches that of the note she received, Julie tries convincing Missy that it is not a suicide note but a threat. Missy forces her to leave. At the Croaker Pageant, Helen witnesses Barry being murdered while he is watching from a balcony. Helen rushes to the balcony with a police officer but finds no sign of the killer or Barry. The officer offers to drive Helen home.Julie researches David Egan’s death. A year before the accident, he and his girlfriend Susie were involved in a car crash near the scene of the foursome’s accident. David survived but Susie died. The research mentions Susie’s father, Ben Willis. Julie deduces they ran over Ben, who had just killed David. While driving home, Helen and the officer are stopped by a stalled truck. The officer is killed by a dark figure with a hook. Helen rushes to her family’s store, where her sister Elsa lets her in. The killer enters through a side door and kills Elsa. Helen finds Elsa’s body and attempts to flee. The killer drags Helen away and slashes her to death, her screams being drowned out by the noise of the parade.Julie discovers that Ben Willis, a fisherman, is the real killer. He apparently murdered David after his daughter Susie was killed in the accident. On the way home, Ben was run down by the group. Julie meets up with Ray and tries to explain, but Ray refuses to believe her. Ben knocks Ray out and puts Julie in his boat. Looking around, she finds a room containing photos and articles about her and her friends, and pictures of Susie Willis. Julie realizes she is on Ben Willis’s boat. Ben sets the boat adrift, but Ray awakens and boards Ben’s boat with a motorboat. He uses the rigging to sever Ben’s hook-carrying hand and plummet over the side. When the police question Julie and Ray, they, to cover up the car accident, deny knowing why Ben attempted to kill them. A year later, Julie returns home to see Ray. As she enters the shower, she notices one of the mirrors has the sentence “I still know” written on it. A dark figure crashes through the mirror.I think the movie’s appeal plays in a couple of different ways; first off, at its base is a story that has been told time and time again through the years. Someone who’s supposedly killed and comes back to haunt and kills with a hook. The story is told in a convincing way by the actors, who use Williamson’s script (and Gillespie’s direction) to its full advantage, smartly mixing in moments of horror and humor, as Williamson did in the Scream films.