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The first "I Know What You Did..." film had a plot to go with the stalking
and the suspense. The follow-up film has no story, just your standard
slasher stalks and kills teens....as well as anybody else in the film.
However, that said, it still was fun to watch, although maybe a little too graphic for my taste in a couple of spots. Unlike many of the other posted comments, I found Brandy's performance to be very natural and entertaining and of course Love Hewitt is nice too look at too.
The Mekhi Phifer character was too much of a boor and I kept hoping he would get the "hook" sooner than later. The surprise twist at the end did catch me off guard although others have commented that they figured it out in advance.
The movie supposedly takes place on a Bahamian island. Having visited the Bahamas many, many times, the first view of the so-called Bahamas in the movie was a little bit of a shock since these previously perfectly flat islands had now grown mountains and hills along with rock formations jutting out of the ocean. And then when I saw the "Bahamian" resort I was further shocked to see that Mexican architecture had been exported to the Bahamas.
It seems the film makers should either have gone to the Bahamas or made the location in the film be Mexico, where it was actually filmed. Of course Mexico has no remote, lightly populated islands like the Bahamas does so I guess that wouldn't have suited the story. And the Bahamian government probably wouldn't let them film there due to the potential bad impact on tourism.
Despite these quibbles, the movie held my interest and had enough eye candy to keep me watching the screen. I would rate this movie about a 7.5 on a scale of 10.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer surprised me. I could see from the
trailer that this second movie would have a different feel to the original
(the first being more of a psychological thriller), but still it caught me
totally off-guard. I Still Know... took a brave step away from the feel of
its predecessor, and dared to be different - which is most probably why so
many people disliked it. The opening scene displays a similar amount of
emotion and tension that was visible ten minutes into the first movie, but
then, in Love Hewitt's own words, the movie "goes crazy". In a good
British-born Danny Cannon's directing is top-notch, and his build up of atmosphere and suspense throughout the movie is well-paced. His style and obvious knowledge of Horror movies (as with the original) is a great benefit, and there are quite a few 'jumps' that work well.
With Williamson unwilling to return to script a sequel, my main fear was that the script would be appalling if written by a newcomer. Thankfully, Trey Callaway's script is both inventive and witty, and matches Williamson's style almost seamlessly. Although the characters are not quite as well developed, we are given enough interesting and chilling set pieces to keep things at an entertaining level.
The setting of the deserted tropical island is an inspired idea, and the isolation of the central characters adds much-needed suspense. This smart move helps to bring a new sense of unease and isolation to the film. By now, the overall feeling of unease apparent in the first has dissipated, but the atmosphere of the island is overpowering and the suspense almost unbearable as Ben creeps ever closer to conquering Julie.
Another good point - as with the first I Know... - is that all the characters are genuine and likeable. While they are a little under-developed, what we do see of them helps the viewer to understand and like them. Between Karla's happy-go-lucky attitude, and bar-maid Nancy's dark sense of humor there is something quite special here. The acting is again of a high standard, and I was surprised at how well Brandy made the jump from TV comedy to full-fledged movie horror! Even supporting actors such as Matthew Settle (who played Will Benson) and Jennifer Esposito were extremely enjoyable, giving this movie a sense of realism that isn't all too apparent in many movies these days. The presence of Ben Willis is one that still sends chills down the spine, and Muse Watson's portrayal of a cold-blooded killer is unlike any other on-screen slasher in this day and age. Another welcome face (and one that spiced up the movie a little with his pompous hotel manager) is Jeffrey Combs, who is brilliant as the tight-lipped manager, and his death is a truly memorable and shocking moment (his subdued "Duh!" still cracks me up).
The only disappointing thing about I Still Know... is the final epilogue scene. While the final shock worked effectively in the first movie and gave a great final scare, here it is rather predictable. Although it is handled well, and Love's final scream is one that is chilling to the extreme, it simply leaves the movie feeling unfinished.
MY VERDICT: A worthy sequel that is given way too little credit for trying to be different. While it may not suit everybody's taste, the great performances from all the principle cast (in particular Love Hewitt, who it was great to see back!), an original setting and artistic directing set this one above most teen slashers, and is one that should not be viewed alone on a dark night.
"I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" follows Julie (Jennifer Love
Hewitt), who is still suffering from the memories of her friends'
murders by a vengeful fisherman who she and her friends had
accidentally hit with their car and disposed of his body, thinking him
to be dead. Her college friend, Karla (Brandy Norwood) wins tickets to
the Bahamas via a radio station contest, so she, Karla, Karla's
boyfriend, Tyrell (Mekhi Phifer), and a friend Will, head off on
vacation. Meanwhile, Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Julie's ex-boyfriend,
has an encounter with the fisherman again, and heads to the island to
save Julie. But soon enough, bodies begin to pile up on the
mostly-deserted island (which is currently in it's storm season) all
around Julie and her friends, and it seems the fisherman has returned.
I considered the original "I Know What You Did Last Summer" to be a fairly good slasher movie that evolved during the late '90s. It had a nice revenge-laced premise about teenagers who had to pay the consequences for their mistakes at the hands of a psychotic fisherman, and it was very well done in comparison with most slasher movies of that era. This sequel popped up only a year later, and while it may be very unoriginal, it's still entertaining. In terms of story, the idea was well put together, and the tropical, stormy Bahaman island was the perfect setting for this film to take place, and a nice change from the gloomy coastal town the previous film was set in. I knew a sequel was coming, after the first film succeeded well with audiences, it was nearly inevitable. The violence factor is much more gratuitous in this sequel, it's gore galore for this movie, which wasn't surprising. It seems that way for a lot of horror movie sequels.
Also, being no surprise, this film is almost beyond cliché-ridden. Typical horror set-ups, scares, and character stupidity is present throughout the course of the movie. It's unrealistic a lot of the time, and there are plot holes everywhere, so in that sense, it's a bit of a mess. But on the other hand, despite all of the unrealistic events, I have to admit that this is an extremely entertaining movie. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. reprise their role, and Brandy Norwood and Mekhi Phifer play her lively friends. Jennifer Esposito (whose career hadn't quite taken off yet) also plays a worker on the island who the gang teams up with when the fisherman begins to off the island's population. The acting was nothing more than average at best, but it was tolerable (nothing too bad, I have seen much worse). But besides, what can you expect from this type of flick? The film ends with one of those "gotcha!" jump scares quite similar to the ending of the original, and puts a close on this series (unless you count the 2006 direct-to-video sequel that follow this) on a rather silly but fitting note. The entire movie is a little far-fetched, but so what?
Overall, I'd advise anyone who is tired of your run-of-the-mill slasher movies to avoid "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" like the plague, because I can guarantee that they will be sorely disappointed. But for those who enjoy some cheap horror entertainment every once and awhile, this clichéd little slasher sequel is an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours, but don't expect to take any of it seriously. 6/10.
Don't bother.Unless you are very easily entertained and have not seen any decent horror movies to compare this to. I would say the first one was OK, having seen it in the theater with a screaming audience made it more fun, but not in my list of top 20 horror movies. This sequel makes the first one look like a masterpiece. I figured out who the killer was about 15 minutes into the movie. The only slightly amusing part was Jeffrey Combs, who starred in the classic Re-Animator and many Stuart Gordon films. He is amusing but too good for crap like this! I Hope they at least paid him good money, the poor guy. Also, why did she flip out when she was locked in the tanning bed? The killer turns the heat up all the way...first of all, it isn't possible to turn it up enough to "cook" someone, especially in about 5 seconds. Oooooo, a tanning bed. I'm shaking in my shoes! No suspense, no nothing, and the ending was OK but made no logical sense. Of course there will be a third movie that will start out with her waking up from a bad dream that is the end of this one. Yeah, and I had a bad dream that I wasted 3 bucks an 90 minutes of my life watching this crud. No wait, that was real! Aaaaaaiiie!
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I must say teen slashers used to have some appeal, but this film
probably hit the lowest of the Hollywood lows. The only redeeming
factor of the entire film was the fact that Jennifer Love Hewitt is in
it, giving it some aesthetic appeal at least. But then the story gets
under way and it's the most predictable thing EVER. The acting was
horrendous, the plot pointless and the gore non-existent. In every one
of these dumb slasher flicks there's a scene where the murderer is down
for the count and can easily be taken advantage of, but for some reason
unknown to man, the "good guys" don't seem to realise this. But "I
Still Know what you did last summer" has possibly the worst one I have
ever seen. What it lacks in gore it definitely makes up for in
logic...oh wait no, they have NONE! Here's the situation, the murderer
has fallen through a ceiling or something and he's unconscious. One of
the girls has a great big fire axe in her hand. What would most
sensible humans do? That's right, swing that axe lots and lots of
times, making sure his head and body are separate entities, and why not
his limbs as well. BUT NO! She doesn't do anything of the sort, instead
she uses the axe to break into a greenhouse and then...THROWS IT AWAY.
Clever girl! She may be dead but at least she got the moral
N.B. If you're ever stuck in a slasher situation, KILL the murderer when you get chance, and use a bit of logic. Then again if that happened the film would last about 15 minutes, which would definitely have been a good thing.
Every time that there's a cool new movie, they just have to make a
sequel. "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" pretty much repeats
everything from the original, minus and plus some cast members. I just
hope that they don't make another "know what you did" movie. Not only
is there nothing that they can add to the concept, the title is
inaccurate: it should be "two summers ago".
So, stick with the original and you won't be disappointed. At least "Scary Movie" spoofed these sorts of movies. Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brandy Norwood, Freddy Prinze Jr., Muse Watson, Mekhi Phifer and Jeffrey Combs.
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Not very often are horror films so successful as to spawn a direct
sequel starring the same high-profile cast as in it's predecessor (with
the notable exception of Sarah Michelle Gellar), but "I Know What You
Did Last Summer" was on it's time very popular as to become a franchise
spanning two sequels, this being the most direct one.
The film takes place one year after the events in the original, Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt)is now in college and has completely restored her life after the living hell she went through the last year being stalked and almost killed by a vengeful, murderous fisherman named Ben Willis (Muse Watson), whom was run over and left for dead by Julie and her friends.
Julie and her best friend Karla (Brandy) decide it's time for Julie to start dating and erase her painful memories, to do so, they enter a radio contest and turn out winners of a trip to the Bahamas.
Julie's former boyfriend Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is attacked by the murderous fisherman and acknowledges Julie's danger, in order to protect her he escapes the hospital and embarks himself to the Bahamas.
When at it's best, "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" manages to pull off some scary scenes, but the problem lies in the clichés and the predictability of such scenes, and besides Julie and Ray's character, the other ones are forgettable at best (including Jack Black who appears as the "funny" dread-locked pothead and whom inevitably gets killed in a horrendous way) you can't help but to think the numerous other ways you would have acted if you were in the same situation (for example, an incident involving Julie being trapped inside a tanning bed and not one of the four people in the room thought of unplugging or turning off the machine, instead they break the expensive machine).
The movie relies more in the gore than in the creativity of the scares, expect a lot of "mirror scenes" and the typical "the killer walks but manages to catch the teenagers who are running", besides a plot twist gets discovered in the end which not only isn't helpful, but manages to destroy the already damaged storyline.
In the end "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" is nothing more than your typical teenage slasher film, which despite stellar performances by Love Hewitt and Prinze Jr. and somewhat noticeable production values, never manages to impress or scare the audience.
4 out of 10.
Like its predecessor, 'I Still Know...' falls flat when the funny,
obnoxious character (played by Mekhi Phifer in this case) isn't on
screen. Between the young actors and the tropical setting, it's a good
looking picture, but there ain't too much more to rave about. I do like
watching the film though, for the nostalgia if nothing else.
I was going to close with a question about the silliness and plot-holes of Julie James' (Jennifer Love Hewitt) visions/disillusions, but then I realised that it didn't matter (at the end of the day, it's a trashy slasher that you either go along with or you don't). Instead, I will query the only thing more troubling in the film: what is up with Jack Black's dreadlocks?
Hewitt is in college and struggling to maintain her grades after the traumatic events that occurred the previous summer. She and her friends win an all-expenses-paid vacation to the Bahamas, but it quickly turns into a nightmare when the menacing fisherman returns with vengeance on his mind. The first film may not have been a classic, but surely it could have inspired a much better sequel; this poorly-conceived slasher film has a ridiculous setup, nonexistent plot, little suspense, and an abundance of false scares. Even worse is a multitude of one-note supporting characters, senseless violence, plus manipulative and obvious plot twists that build up to a predictable finale. With the exception of a talented cast, there isn't a single redeeming factor here. *½
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Oh good grief, there's really no excuse for horror movies being quite
this lazy, poorly written, contrived and implausible and for all of the
faults on display here we can blame writer Trey Callaway and director
Jennifer Love Hewitt returns and, this time around, her friend (played by Brandy Norwood) wins a holiday on an island resort. Four tickets. Obviously, two girls and two guys make up the quartet but there is soon trouble in paradise. It's off-season, the weather is terrible and it seems that the killer has returned to remind people that he, yep, still knows what they did last summer. Or the summer before last. Or whatever the hell he means.
When the cast (also including Freddie Prinze Jr, Jack Black, Mekhi Phifer and Matthew Settle) weren't irritating me I was almost feeling sorry for them because this is a terrible, terrible movie. Thankfully, Jennifer Esposito does okay in her small role and it's always great to see the likes of Bill Cobbs and Jeffrey Combs on screen but they're really slumming it in this unworthy, lazy piece of hokum. It's also a shame that John Hawkes didn't get more screen time.
If you've seen the movie and disagree just consider the basic premise of the whole thing, revealed quite late on in proceedings so stop reading if you've yet to endure the film yet: There is a killer who really, REALLY wants to kill someone and plans to do so by . . . . . . . . . . . . . pretending that they've won a radio competition and giving them tickets to an island resort. Call me boring but surely there are much better ways to bump off potential victims than that. And that's just one of the many glaringly stupid aspects of this movie. The generous rating is all down to the genre names listed above.
We can only thank the heavens that Callaway and Cannon found their calling in TV land.
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