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   I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (1997) 

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CAST
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Sarah Michelle Geller
Ryan Phillippe
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Anne Heche
Bridgette Wilson
Johnny Galecki
Muse Watson

DIRECTED BY
Jim Gillespie

PURCHASE


DVD




Time: 100 mins.
Rating: R
Genre: Horror


SYNOPSIS: Four teens are in great danger one year after their car hits a stranger whose body they dump in the sea.

BOTTOM LINE: What makes a horror movie great is a sexy, smart, sympathetic, strong lead actress – always a brunette – with nice breasts. Jennifer Love Hewitt fits this description to a tee. She carries this film because you just can't help but root for her. Women want to be her best friend and men want to date her because she's pretty, but not in a dangerous, slutty kind of way.

As Julie, she's the local smart and pretty girl who's best friends with Helen, the town's reigning July 4th beauty pageant winner. Having graduated high school, they and their boyfriends, Barry and Ray, are about to go their separate ways. So they go to a deserted stretch of beach for one last hurrah of friendship, booze and goodbye sex. Unfortunately, on their way back to town they accidently run over a man who appeared out of nowhere on the deserted road. Believing him dead, they decide to bring the body back to town and dump it into the local bay. Julie wants to go to the police, but the others make her promise to keep the murder a secret to their graves.

She reluctantly agrees, but the secret begins to slowly eat away at her. When she returns home from college for the summer, she realizes she's not the only one whose life has been destroyed by that awful night. However, the horror's not over. Someone knows what they did and is determined to make the foursome pay – with their own lives. The killer begins by toying with them – attempting to run over Barry, cutting off Helen's beautiful, long hair, placing the dead body of a friend in the trunk of Julie's car. Not willing to go down without a fight, the foursome decides to track down the killer by investigating the life of the boy they believe they killed, David Eagen. This brings Julie and Helen to the home of David's sister, played creepily by Anne Heche. They get what seems like useful information, but nothing is what it seems in horror movies.


"We should have a plan. Angela Lansbury always had a plan."

I don't want to ruin the ending for you, so lets suffice it to say, that the rich, self-absorbed, blond people end up getting hacked to pieces by the murderous fisherman with a hook and the nice brunette kids get to be chased and beat up, but survive fairly intact. Julie figures out who the killer is, but it's not as surprising or interesting as I hoped it would be. She, of course, puts herself into stupid, dangerous situations that I'm sure I would never find myself in, but who's to say. I've never been chased by a homicidal maniac trying to fillet me with a hook. I might make some errors in judgement as well. And frankly, if she didn't there would've been no final chase scene.

I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER isn't a bad movie, it's just not a great one either. And though people are murdered, there isn't a whole lot of blood, which was a nice change from the regular slasher flicks. We get the point. I don't need to see the knife plunging in and blood splattering everywhere to realize this person will not be waking up tomorrow. It had a few creepy moments, but nothing that made my skin crawl. Maybe it was scarier in the theater. I wouldn't rush out to see this movie, but if you happen to come upon it it's not a bad way to pass the time.



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