Thursday, February 7, 2013

I Know What You Did Last Summer

I Know What You Did Last Summer; horror, USA, 1997: D: Jim Gillespie, S: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Ryan Phillippe, Anne Heche

One summer, teenagers Julie, Helen, Ray and Barry are partying near the coast one night, until their reckless driving accidentally hits a man on the street. Panicking, they decide to throw the corpse in the sea and hush everything up. The corpse moves, though, but they throw it anyway. A year later, the four of them get threatening letters, which means that the man they hit somehow survived and wants revenge. Barry and Helen are killed with a hook. The murderer turns out to be Willis, a fisherman who killed a teenager himself that night. Ray manages to save Julie and throw Willis into the sea.

It's the darnedest thing when you figure out that intelligence is actually an obstacle for watching a certain horror movie. When those two are mutually exclusive, the result will likely not be good. Once a hit film, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" has an interesting concept and is solid in the first half, but in the second it starts to cram so many plot holes that you loose count - even worse, it turns into one of those movies that makes a fool out of the audience. How else to explain the frequent use of the cliche "boo" trick (Helen and Julie chat in the car, when all of a sudden Missy shows out of nowhere and violently knocks on their window and shouts: "HEY!" And then she turns back to normal and finishes: "...You forgot your cigarettes.") or a dozen of insane sequences where the bad guy seems to be an agent with magical powers from the Matrix because he hides and gets away with what ever he intends without a problem: in one scene, Julie opens the trunk of her car and finds a corpse with hundreds of crabs on it. She quickly runs to Helen's house and returns - in less than a minute - with Barry and Helen only to find - a clean and empty car, without even a stain. Yeah, right. In another, the killer is "chasing" after Helen, but that "chasing" is rather relative because she is running - but he is just slowly walking behind her. Even when she is in front of the door, he still walks slowly, really slowly behind her until she manages to enter and escape from him. One almost wishes Helen stopped running herself and teased him by starting to slowly walk in front him, too. The actors are fine, including Jennifer Love Hewitt, yet they cannot save a horror with cheap scares and dumb moments. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson has seen better days.


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