After an accident on a winding road, four teens make the fatal mistake of dumping their victim's body into the sea. But exactly one year later, the dead man returns from his watery grave and he's looking for more than an apology.Written by
Melissa Joan Hart turned down the role of Julie James. When asked why, she said "I just thought it was another rip-off of scream." (She's not entirely wrong, the two are very much cut from the same cloth, and written by the same screenwriter. Although Kevin Williamson adapted Lois Clark Duncan's novel first. He wrote it in the early to mid-90s and he shopped it around to all the studios, who all said no, since Slashers were dead at that point, so he put it away. Then in about 95, while housesitting for a friend, and while in the midst of getting Shining-like cabin fever and watching a news story about Florida's Gainesville Ripper; he suddenly got inspired and whipped out the 120 page screen play for Scream in about 48 hours. He submitted it to the studios, and MIRAMAX eagerly bought it and produced it. Scream of course became a massive hit in December of 96, and singlehandedly revitalized the slasher genre. And at that point Williamson took I KNOW out of mothballs and resubmitted it; Columbia Pictures then bought the rights and the rest is history. So actually if anything Scream is a ripoff of I KNOW, not the other way around, although conventional wisdom has it otherwise.) See more »
(at around 45 mins) David Egan's obituary says he died on Wednesday July 5th 1997, but in 1997, July 5th was a Saturday. See more »
Exactly, everyone should - but why? Because it is an excellent film, containing a good storyline (though not one of the best) and some promising new actors and actresses. In regards to the storyline, not many viewers realise that the film was actually based on a novel written before Kevin Williamson even thought up the idea to create another horror flick - therefore the general outline is not his, and so some people's comparisons between this and Scream can be considered as wrong. However, they are right in the sense that the typical horror elements are all there, and some are similar to Scream. I feel that the statement on the video cover "scarier than Scream" is to some extent true, especially the climatic ending (I won't spoil it for any of you left to see the film)!
I enjoyed the acting performances, though sometimes the screams did get slightly out of hand - near the end, one popped up every other minute or so! Despite this, the characters were portrayed very well, and you could really notice the distinctions between them, and which characters you were likely to prefer. However one drawback to the characters was how obvious it was to spot who was going to bite it - all my sister had to do was look at the characters in a group and guess straight away.
On the whole though, I found it to be a good horror film, done proud by the talents of writer Kevin Williamson and of the cast. If you are looking for a good scare, or simply taste other films after experiencing the wonder that is "Scream", then "IKWYDLS" should be your first choice - with its many 'jumps' making you enjoy the ride all the way!
ENJOY, and most importantly, SCREAM ON!!!
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