I Know What You Did Last Summer movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Actually, I Know What You Did Last Summer is very overlooked, entertaining and takes its opportunity. The film was released in 1997, one year after the similar murder-mystery, Scream, by the same writer.


Whilst driving drunk, four teenage friends accidentally hit a man with their car and dump his body in the water to conceal their secret. But they are later reunited with each other when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding killer who knows their secret.

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Movie details

Director: Jim Gillespie
Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., Johnny Galecki
Writer: Kevin Williamson
Release Date (Australia): 27 November 1997
Runtime: 101 minutes/1h 41m
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film includes sequences in which people are murdered and terrorised by a killer. There is also a scene featuring an accident in which drunk teenagers accidentally hit a man with their car.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains scenes that feature bloody depictions of people being stabbed and impaled with a hook.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains use of coarse language, including aggressive use of the word “f**k”.

Drug Use (G)

A character is asked if she is on drugs.

Sex (PG)

The film includes mild sexual innuendo and implied sexual activity between two teenagers.

mpaa rating

R (for strong horror violence and language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This captivating and entertaining slasher’s source of energy is Kevin Williamson’s talented screenwriting, similar to what he designed for the 1996 teenage murder-mystery, Scream. This teen slasher film is basically a love letter to Scream fans, except it just happens to be crazily underrated and the direction and acting seems to squash audience’s expectations.

The concept of I Know What You Did Last Summer is written for the screen by Williamson but is also loosely adapted from the novel written by Lois Duncan, featuring a group of drunk teens being the culprit of a hit-and-run accident and trying to have the fact remain as a secret. Being a horror-thriller, these characters are obviously then terrorised and killed off one by one in Scream’s memorable fashion.

These four teenage characters stand in front of more realistic performances. The characters range from aggressive to emotional and are more convincing as real teenagers than the young cast of Scream. The direction is immediately forgettable, which is why it’ll be ignored compared to how gripping the story is. Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer will eventually fall victims to the jokes in 2000’s Scary Movie, but they can be enjoyed greatly whilst they’re serious.

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