1998; Rated R; 96 Minutes
Jennifer Love Hewitt: Julie James
Freddy Prinze Jr.: Ray Bronson
Brandy Norwood: Karla Wilson
Mekhi Phifer: Tyrell
Muse Watson: Ben Willis
Produced by William
S. Beasley, Stokely Chaffin, Erik Feig and Neal Moritz;
Directed by Danny Cannon; Screenwritten by Trey
Callaway and Stephen Gaghan
by DAVID KEYES
are made to entertain. People go to see them because things
exist within them that either represent fantasy, truth,
or actual event; whether it's for entertainment or escapism,
each of them are meant to have purposes. Box office figures
prove that people enjoy the cinema for various reasons,
but one thing different from most other things in the box
office statistics is the evidence of major turnout for horror
movies. No wonder. Most of what we consider "the great horror
films" provoke fear into our everyday lives. Who would not
want to see them?
"Psycho," we became afraid to take showers. After "Rosemary's
Baby," "The Exorcist" and "The Omen," we were afraid of
having children. After "A Nightmare On Elm Street," we developed
a fear of falling asleep, while after "Scream," we were
actually afraid of watching horror movies themselves.
what do we get to be afraid of after movies like "I Still
Know What You Did Last Summer?" I'll tell you what--we get
to be afraid of the fact that predictable and obvious horror
clichés can be stretched too far. We get to be afraid of
going to movies this bad. Even worse, we fear of wasting
our time and money on movies like this. Yet, still, these
movies succeed often financially. Why that is, I do not
know the answer. Perhaps, as it turns out, people who like
these movies are stuck in neutral and aren't willing to
accept the fact that these movies are dead and uninspired.
They are stuck in the past.
first film of this franchise, in itself, was horrid. I gave
it a measly half-star, which is about two-and-half-stars
less then you'd expect from a movie written by Kevin Williamson,
the genius of the "Scream" scripts. How did he do this?
What could have possibly influenced him to go back and demonstrate
all the obvious plot twists and turns in horror movies when
his previous script tried to surpass them? He is a force
to be reckoned with, no doubt, but the minute you see a
movie like this, you realize that he may not be as great
as he's made out to be. For the sake of his career, I hope
he completely puts that movie behind him.
but if that isn't bad enough, we've got the second film.
"I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" is yet another repetitive,
undertoned, retreated, horrible mess of a movie, so inevitably
weak in areas of all interest that we in the theater are
more observant to the smell of the musty floors and seats.
The film lacks so much intellect and ambition that it crumbles
the first second it's on screen. And this is no surprise,
considering that the movie isn't even written by Williamson,
but by two completely different people. This, of course,
is even a more unoriginal film than the worst, but it gets
a whole star for managing to be a little more competent
than the original.
me to explain. There was a limited investigation on the
'hook killer' in the first movie, which was solved just
as it seemed to begin. To be specific, Jennifer Love Hewitt's
character did a little digging to find the identity of the
killer. She was given one or two clues, and before you know
it, she solved the mystery. Heck, not even Sherlock Holmes
could have done that. How could people be so stupid in these
situations? Didn't the film makers ever see a detective
enough about the first film; we're here to crown the sequel
as the king of repetitive horror movies. There are moments
within it that seem recycled from the original script, and
others that are dimwitted and so weakly constructed that
it would be a blessing to rewatch the "Friday The 13th"
once again, Jennifer Love Hewitt stars in it. She plays
the same, troubled teenage kid who, two summers ago, got
together with three friends and accidentally ran down a
man in the middle of the street. They then dumped the body
into the sea, suspecting that their secret was safe. Too
bad that the person they hit apparently recovered from his
injuries and began stalking them. Even worse, the person
they thought they hit wasn't the guy who they suspected.
It was actually another guy, I think. I dunno; there was
overwhelming nausea at this point of the original film that
the movie's whole investigation seems somewhat foggy. Anyway,
you know the rest; people get killed, we learn the murderer's
identity, and yadda yadda yadda, he's dead. Or so we think.
the setup of the new movie begins. Hewitt thought that the
killer was finally dead, but in truth, only the hook and
his hand were found in the ocean from which she pushed him
in. The rest of the body was never recovered. Zilch. Nadda.
Gone from existence. It's a slasher, so what did you expect?
In the new film, however, it's a year later, and the killer
is back from the dead, stalking Hewitt and her new friends
in the Caribbean. One of which is a woman named Karla, played
by pop artist Brandy, who likes to sneak around in the dark
and jump out at people. And of course, like the typical
plot cliché in this situation, Love-Hewitt exclaims, "Who's
There?" and Brandy jumps out to startle her to pieces. That
plot move, like in the standard "Urban Legend" segment,
plays a chord in the background that is supposed to make
us jump with fright, because we suspect it's the killer.
Yet, its usually just a false alarm; the chord is so obvious
that, like I said in a recent review of "Urban Legend,"
it merely tests our stamina to see if we care or if we're
paying attention. How are we to be frightened or afraid
of these things when they have repeated themselves over
and over again for the past two decades? It's the same formula,
but unlike this movie, "Urban Legend" was more tolerable.
"I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" garners itself in
these situations over and over again, possibly causing people
to question the existence of god.
the worse part of the whole thing is the title. It implies
that the killer is still referring two the event that Love-Hewitt
and her friends committed, yet that was two summers ago.
Why is it called "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer?"
I imagine, without decent writers on the script, you can
expect to have all of these mistakes and more at a movie
make sure that if the next movie is titled "I Will Always
Know What You Did Last Summer," don't see it. A movie that
can't get its title right belongs in a garbage disposal.
1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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