I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

It was the late 90s and teen horror movies were super popular. It all started with Scream and just kept growing. Like Scream, this movie was also written by the teen horror master, Kevin Williamson. The main cast consists of Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr, and Ryan Phillippe. The movie starts with the four kids having fun and making bad decisions. As they drive on a winding road after having too much to drink, they run over a fisherman and presumably kill him. They try to dump the body and the guy wakes up.

Flash forward to a year later, the four haven’t spoken to each other much. Jennifer’s character receives a note suggesting that someone out there knows what they did. The panic sets in and the four re-group, but still refuse to go to the cops about the whole ordeal.

A big guy in a fisherman’s slicker and hat starts killing people with a hook. He’s clearly after the group as a form of revenge for the murder of the poor guy that fateful night. Who is the fisherman killer? Who knows what they did?

This movie is missing something that Scream had and just never feels like it’s quite ready for prime time. Sure, all the elements are there, but the characters are pretty flat and the story just never pulls the viewer in. Why should I care if these rich d-bag manslaughtering teens survive or not?

Hey, at least they didn’t put any Creed songs in the soundtrack.

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