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I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

by  |  February 29th, 2012  |  Horror

When I was first getting in to horror movies as a teenager, I really got in to the Teen Slasher craze that had been sweeping the world of horror movies of that time, I found  that being a teenager myself at that time that these movies  including such films as Scream (1996), Urban Legends (1998) were alot of fun and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) was definitely one of them!

Written by: Kevin Williamson (Scream) and Directed by: Jim Gillespie (The Legacy). Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt (Can’t Hardly Wait), Freddie Prinze Jr. (She’s All That), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Ryan Phillipe (Antitrust), Bridgette Wilson-Sampras (Mortal Kombat), Anne Heche (Donnie Brasco), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) and Muse Watson (Acts Of Betrayal).

Barry Cox (Phillipe), Helen Shivers (Gellar), Julie James (Hewitt) and Ray Bronson (Prinze Jr.) are friends who have just graduated high school together, and are enjoying their last summer together before splitting and starting their lives as adults… What they don’t know is that during the Fourth of July, celebration that their lives are going to change forever!

You see during the celebration in town Helen has won a local beauty pageant, and so Helen, her boyfriend Barry, and their friends Ray and Julie are celebrating at one of the local out door festivals, when Max (Galecki) shows up…

Now I thought that I would stop their and mention that Max happens to be an old friend of Julie’s that has a crush on her and is seriously opposed to the fact that Julie and Barry are dating…

Anyway Max is trying to be nice to Julie, and ask her out… That is until a drunk Barry comes in and ruins it by stealing the drink that Max had made especially for Julie and chugs it down, and then tries to pick a fight with Max… Ray intercedes and takes them all down to, ‘Dawson’s Beach’, where they continue to party…

Julie (Love Hewitt) and Ray (Prinze Jr.) as the group are telling ghost stories on the beach.

Well when they are done and packing up and heading home, Ray drives Barry’s car (Barry is pretty drunk at this point), during this time Barry opens up the sun roof and decides to hang out half way with his bottle of booze in his hand… Now of course being as drunk as he is, he ends up spilling his booze all over the car, and thus distracting Ray long enough for Ray to hit some one!

Now after Ray checks the guy out, and they all figure that he is dead, the panicking group decides to dump the body in the oceans! The only problem is… Is that as they are about do so, they discover that the body is still alive and tries to grab at the group! This prompts Barry to go ahead and try and kill him.. Of course he fails though and grabs  Helen’s Tiara as they are pushing him in to the ocean.

After going in and grabbing the Tiara back from the man that Barry leaves for dead, the group decides to make a pack and never discuss what happened with any one ever… Which would have worked out great if it hadn’t been for the fact that when Julie gets home from School during the following Summer that she finds a letter stating, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”…

Julie as she opens up the note...

Now What I like about this movie and what I think makes this an awesome B movie is a couple of things:

1. Back in 1997, I hadn’t really seen anything that Ryan Phillipe had done or Freddie Prinze Jr., but I had seen and was a fan of stuff like, Party Of Five (A TV series that Jennifer Love Hewitt was on in the mid 90s), Buffy The Vampire Slayer (For which Sarah Michelle Gellar starred in), Roseanne (A TV show that Johnny Galecki was in, in the early to mid 90s), and Mortal Kombat (A movie that was based on the Video game, that Bridgette Wilson-Sampras did in the mid 90s), and was fun seeing all of these great actors and actresses that I really enjoyed (and still do), come together for such a fun movie!

2. Another person that I thought would be worth mentioning, A person that would both directly and indirectly influence my future artistic interests is Kevin Williamson… Now Kevin Williamson in the 90s kind of created for himself a sort a dynasty for himself, having helped to create such horror movie franchises as, the Scream series, the I Know What You Did Last Summer series and Dawson’s Creek (for TV), etc… And movies like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer helped in cementing my interests as a horror fan, and the stories from these movies cemented my interests writing movie scripts, as well as the work that the actors did on Dawson’s Creek got me interested in eventually becoming an actor!

3. Now speaking about all of these movies and what not, I thought that you guys might find it interesting that A: Sarah Michelle Gellar (who starred in this movie), would go on to have a role in Scream 2 (A movie that Kevin Williamson wrote and a series that Kevin Williamson has helped to cultivate), and in the beginning when Barry, Helen, Julie and Ray decide to head down to, ‘Dawson’s Beach’… I am pretty certain that, that name was the inspiration for the title for the show, ‘Dawson’s Creek’.

4. I also thought that I would mention that this movie is where both Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. met.. Now this is significant because they are now married to each other!

The happy couple.

Well if your looking for a fun walk down memory lane, or are looking for a fun Horror movie in general, then I do recommend this one, it is a fun one!

Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.

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