group of partying teens are on cruise
going on a graduation summer trip during
the 4th of July.
While the driver isn't paying attention
on the road they accidentally hit a
fisherman on a cliffside road. They all
think he's dead and decides not to tell
the police about it as they fear all of
them will be framed for murder so they
dump his body off a dock and promise to
keep a deep dark secret about the
All of them try to carry on with their
lives a year later and one of the teens
named Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt)
returns to home after college for a
summer break. She receives a letter in
the mail box with a threatening note
saying "I Know What You Did Last
Summer" as she freaks out and her
old friends receive the same thing so she
gathers them all up as they stopped
speaking to one another since that
incident with the drowning of the
They try to solve the clue as to know
witnessed this crime but while they do
one by one they become targets for a
killer who sent the message. Could the
fisherman still be alive?
The film has
lots of fantastic, dark, mysterious,
psychological and overall effective
directorial moments in this piece.
A perfect shot on a big cliff by
the sea with someone sitting on the ledge feeling
We see a perfect set of everyone partying
out after graduation with a band playing
and all and a good appearance by
supporting actor Max Neurick acting
insecure with Julie James and then Barry William Cox was
bullying him as a brawl almost breaks
out. All this looked very effective and a
good look at teens partying out.
The discussions with all the main people having a
bonfire at a beach looked very natural.
The camera shot on Barry looked terrific when he is up on the top
of a driving car screaming and acting
crazy in a swerving highway with Ray Bronson driving fast. Suddenly BAM!!! We
quickly see a body being hit which makes
you jump for sure.
Everone's reactions were great at what to
do with this situation.
We spot a nice camera shot on them
dragging the victims body to a pier
with mist flying around.
You really jump when this victim grabs Helen's arm and everyone
screams which is a perfect reaction.
We see a nice shot on the victim in
the water lifelessly and then his eyes
There is a nice shot on Julie James a
year later looking troubled and not
saying much when she has a discussion with her
mother in their home together.
There is a good and intense discussion
involving Julie, Helen and Barry when they discuss
the threatening letter.
Max's murder scene was nice and
fast while being stabbed by a hook and
being quickly dragged away.
There's an awesome shot on Barry being hit by a car and
driven at the end of a pier.
We see a nice and dark shot on Benjamin Willis dressed in a black
fisherman's coat in the house of Helen's while she is occupied doing
something and he takes out his hook.
The camera shot looked good and
suspenseful when Benjamin walks up
the stairs to a room while Helen later on walks up the stairs herself not
realising that he is in the house.
There's good concerned reactions on Julie while driving in her car
spotting a fisherman's hat in the
backseat of her car and even more curious
of the thumping in the trunk of her car.
We spot a scene with Benjamin chasing after Helen and the shots
looked excellent and terrifying too.
There are many moments where you will
jump caused by his actions.
We see a great battle involving Julie and Ray Bronson against Benjamin on a boat as the fightings really looked
There's a perfect ending scene involving Julie in a shower room which leaves a door open
for a sequel and will trip you out too leaving a door open for a sequel.
Bottom line is when I saw the trailer and
found out it was by the same makers as Scream
I had to go and see this film but I was
not as impressed with it but watching it
on video a decade later I enjoyed it. It was very mysterious and you wonder who
is behind all these killings and the
suspense is wonderful in it. I found that this film was borrowed
heavily from R.L. Stine's young adult
novels like Fear Street.
The acting is
seems to pull through okay as the young
adult cast are good with their emotions
on keeping a dark secret about the
Jennifer Love Hewitt (Julie James) really could
gain a reputation in other horror films
with the part she played in the most
frightened one of all the partying teens
the night the tragedy happened and was
believeably emotional too with ther part
as the innocent one. She
pulled it off well trying to hold back
her tears on what happened in a later scene taking place a year later. Her shocked reaction looked great after
reading a letter she got saying "I
Know What You Did Last Summer" and
trying not to say anything about it after
reading it. She was great going into hysterics after
she discovers what's in her trunk of her vehicle. She really knew how to act
intense and terrifyed when she finds some
way on escaping from the killers evil grasp. She also had nice frightened
expressions beforehand after she
discovered that she was in the killer's
Michelle Gellar (Helen Shivers) looked beautiful in
her performance and proved she can gain a
reputation as a movie star than a TV star
on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and
that's what she just did. This film is a
big step for her for sure. There's perfect reactions on her after she wakes up realising that her
hair is cut and really knew how to scream
after seeing the lipstick writing on her
mirror and lunges her energy very
powerfully while smashing her mirror. She was great freaking out while
the onscreen killer is chasing after her
Ryan Phillippe (Barry William Cox) lived to play a nasty
teenage drunk in the film as he had the
most energy in the film. He was
great by going nuts by manipulating
everyone not to say a word about the hit and run incident. Looked believeably
monstrous when he grabs someone by the throat to force her to forget what
they did. He really
was great with his aggressions after he
hears somebody's word about the murder they
did. Looked good by grabbing his fellow actor while holding a hook and threatening him
at his work.
Freddie Prinze Jr. (Ray Bronson) seemed to pull
off well by playing an innocent but
mysterious pretty boy next door type of
Bridgette Wilson (Elsa Shivers) was wonderful as a
stuck up older sister of Helen's
bringing her role to life. She showed a nice
arrogant attitude with someone else when
she enters a store too as you just feel
like avoiding her smart remarks.
Anne Heche (Missy Egan) really stood out with her
eccentric and mysterious attitude as the
sister of the suicidal boy.
Johnny Galecki (Max Neurick) can prove to wear
hats in other projects than just in the
sitcom Roseanne as a
dweeby type to a strange kind of guy who
Muse Watson (Benjamin Wills) really did great as a
crazed older man in the film playing a
There is a hook stabbed in
a teen's chin
The hook is also stabbed in an officers
A hand is chopped off
Some blood here and there
The music composed
by John Debney is very
suspenseful sounding with great classical
trumpet and violin playing along with
great slamming sounds here and there.
What can I do for you Max?
Max: You can wipe that
my-shit-don't-stink grin off your face.
Oh, and did this killer use his hook to
cut all your hair off?
Helen: No, he used scissors,
Is the dried-out, washed-up has-been
having a moment?
We should have a plan. Angela Lansbury
always had a plan.
By that time I'll just be finishing my
two year contract with Guiding Light
coinciding with your first year as
starting quarterback for the Steelers.
Helen: Then we can elope to
Europe, or the Caymans, wherever, where
I'll let you impregnate me with the first
of 3 children before you head off to
rehab. Then we can live happily blah blah
Well Bob, at summer's end I plan on
moving to New York where I'll pursue a
career as a serious actress. It's my goal
to entertain the world through artistic
expression. Through art I shall serve my
Barry: No! Wake up, Julie. He's
behind all this! How many fucked up
fisherman are out there?
Ray: Look, he's after me too! I
got a letter.
Barry: You got a letter? I got run
over, Helen gets her hair chopped off,
Julie gets a dead body in her car trunk,
and you get a letter? Oh, that's
We need help.
Barry: I'll say. You two should
look at a mirror sometime. You look like
shit run over twice.
Come sit in the back. I'll let you do
things to me.
I never knew her breasts were so...
[sarcastic] Ooh, I know what you
did last summer? What a crock of shit.
killer threatens Julie with his ice hook]
Ben Willis: Happy Fourth of July,
Julie: Please, it was an accident.
Ben Willis: I know all about
accidents, and let me give you some
advice: when you leave a man for dead,
make sure that he's really dead!
You little shit-stick-mayberry-ass
reject. There has been a murder, and you
are going to fry in hell if you don't do
something about it.
Willis: You in some kind of trouble
Julie: Yes, yeah I'm in a lot of
Ben Willis: That's a shame, being
that it's the 4th of July and all. Kids
like you should be out having fun.
Drinking, partying, running over people,
getting away with murder, things like
Helen, we killed a man and ruined the
lives of everyone he knew.
Helen: I don't think we were that
powerful Julie, you're giving us way to
How do you know this is even related? You
did a lot of things last summer.
Julie: Yeah, well, only one murder
comes to mind.
See, no one gets me the way you do.
Julie: I understand your pain.
Guys... Hi... I'm on sexist overload as
it is, kill the commentary.
Hey, its all about the hair. Don't you
forget that. Especially when you become
some big hotshot lawyer. Those
professional types think its all about
brains and ability and completely ignore
Julie: So, the do is vital, got it
A toast... to us, to our last summer of
immature, adolescent decadence.
Helen: Somebody's buzzed.
I hate this, I really hate this. Your
gonna go and your gonna fall for some
tattoo-covered, body-piercing philosophy
Ray: That sounds attractive.
Nobody drives my car but me, you got that
[to Barry] Can you say alcoholic?
We're going to go home now and never ever
under any circumstances known to God-
speak about this again. Is that clear?
It's now a future therapy bill.
You almost got that rich boy act down
Julie, get your white as death-chalky ass
corpse in the car-now.
Please, it's a fictional story created to
warn young girls of the dangers of having
Ray: Well actually honey, you know
how terrified I am of your IQ but it's an
urban legend, American folklore and they
all usually originate from some real life
Even if his body washes ashore in the
next couple of weeks, he'll be eaten by
crabs and small fish. Maybe we'll get
lucky with a shark. Take him to the side.
We're going home now and never, ever,
under any circumstances known to God
speak about this again is that clear? It
is now merely a future therapy bill
Barry: [screaming] Helen?
Helen: I'll never mention it
Barry: We make a pact, right here
and now we take this to our grave.
[Julie nods her head in agreement]
Barry: [livid] Don't you
nod your head, you fuckin say it.
Julie: [somber] Yeah okay.
Barry: [Barry runs and grabs
Julie by the neck pushing her against the
car] We take this to our grave, let
me hear it.
Ray: Let her go Barry.
Barry: You fucking say it!
Julie: Okay Barry, we take this to
We made a pact and we're keeping it.
Okay let's supposed someone was there
that night, why send the letter one year
later? Probably some crack fucking
Well go figure, I was just thinking to
myself what ever happened to that Barry
Barry: [being very polite]
Hey Max. Hey listen can we talk for a
sec? In private?
Max: Oh what this isn't private
enough for you?
Mother fucker. Don't you test me mother
fucker, I'll call the cops on your
college quarterback ass.
Yeah but this is insane now Barry look at
us, this secret's killing us.
Barry: I'm not going to the police
and you're not either.
Julie: Barry please, we could put
an end to it and maybe salvage some small
fraction of a life.
Barry: And how do we do that? Huh?
There was no accident Julie it was
murder, your words remember? Murder. I
say we find the fuck who's doing this and
have a little one on one.
What happened to us? We used to be best
Julie: We used to be a lot of
Yeah, Jodi Foster tried this and a
skinner of a serial killer answered the
[to Helen] You and your hair, it's
What is it with you Ray? You were dogging
us from the start weren't you? Always
wanting to be our friend, always wanting
to be one of us but you were too fucking
jealous to handle it
Ray: Fuck you!
[to Ray] And since you bring it
up... we all know *you* have a slicker.
has just seen the damage to his new car
after hitting someone in the road]
Barry: [Almost besides himself
from rage] FUCK! Can't you watch
where you're going?
Ray: Hey, it came outta nowhere, I
didn't see it!
This is probably some psycho with a hook
for a hand... we're doing the whole world