I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

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I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDanny Cannon
Written byTrey Callaway
Based onCharacters
by Lois Duncan
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyVernon Layton
Edited byPeck Prior
Music byJohn Frizzell
Production
company
Distributed byColumbia Pictures[1]
Release date
  • November 13, 1998 (1998-11-13)
Running time
101 minutes[1]
Countries
LanguageEnglish
Budget$24–65 million[2][3]
Box office$40 million[3]

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1998 slasher film directed by Danny Cannon and written by Trey Callaway. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Muse Watson reprise their roles, with Brandy, Mekhi Phifer and Matthew Settle joining the cast. It is the second installment in the I Know What You Did Last Summer franchise. The film takes place one year after the events of I Know What You Did Last Summer. It received negative reviews and grossed $40 million on a budget of $24–65 million. A direct-to-video sequel, I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, was released in 2006.

Plot[edit]

One year after the brutal murders of her friends Helen Shivers and Barry Cox by the vengeful fisherman Ben Willis, Julie James is attending summer classes in Boston, but suffers from nightmares of the incident. Julie's roommate, Karla Wilson, receives a phone call from a local radio station and wins a vacation for four to The Bahamas. Julie invites her boyfriend, Ray Bronson, who, despite initially declining, decides to go. That evening, Ray and his co-worker, Dave, drive to Boston to surprise Julie, but stop due to a body in the middle of the road. When Ray discovers the body is a mannequin, Ben appears and kills Dave with his hook, then chases Ray in a truck, but Ray escapes and falls down a hill.

The next morning, Julie, Karla, Karla's boyfriend, Tyrell Martin, and their friend, Will Benson, depart for the trip. The group arrives at the hotel in Tower Bay and checks in. Elsewhere, Ray, at the hospital, disappears. That evening at the hotel's bar, Julie is singing karaoke when the words "I still know what you did last summer" roll on-screen. Terrified, she runs back to her room. Will confesses he likes Julie. Darick, a dockhand, is tying up a boat when he is then murdered by Ben. Afterwards, Olga, the housekeeper, finds bloody sheets. Ben then slices her, dragging her into a room. The others get into a hot tub while, Julie, in her room, is unable to find her toothbrush. She searches her room before finding Darick dead in the closet. Horrified, she informs them, but Darick's body is missing; Mr. Brooks, the hotel manager, refuses to believe her story. Mr. Brooks notes they are unable to leave the island due to an incoming storm. By the pool, Titus Telesco is murdered. Ray, who has survived his injuries, heads out to rescue Julie.

The next day, the group finds Olga, Titus, and Mr. Brooks murdered and the two-way radio, their only way of contact, destroyed. Isolated, the group goes to the room of Estes, the boat hand porter, and finds that he has been using voodoo against them. Estes appears, explaining he was trying to protect them after realizing that their answer to the radio station's question was incorrect. He tells them that Ben and his wife, Sarah, had two children: a son and a daughter. Ben murdered Sarah when he found out about an affair. Estes goes missing and Will volunteers to find him, while Ray takes a boat to the island. Julie, Karla, and Tyrell return to the hotel and find Nancy, the bartender, hiding in the kitchen.

Ben appears in the kitchen and kills Tyrell. The girls retreat to the attic, where Karla is attacked by Ben. Julie and Nancy rescue Karla and run to the storm cellar, where they find Ben's victims. Will bursts in and takes the girls back to the hotel, stating that he saw Ben on the beach. At the hotel, Will tells them that Estes attacked him and he is bleeding from the stomach. Nancy and Karla leave to find a first aid kit, but find Estes impaled with a harpoon. Ben appears, kills Nancy and attacks Karla. While Julie tends to Will, he reveals that it is not his blood and asks Julie what her favorite radio station is, revealing that he was the radio host and had killed Estes.

Will drags Julie to a graveyard, where he reveals that he is Ben's son. Ben appears and attacks Julie before Ray arrives and engages in a fight with Will. When Ben tries to stab Ray, he accidentally kills Will instead. While Ben is distraught from killing his son, Julie shoots him dead. Back at the hotel, Karla is found alive and they are rescued by the coast guard.

Sometime later, Ray and Julie get married and buy a home. Ray is brushing his teeth and the bathroom door is locked while he is occupied. Julie sits down on the bed and looks in the mirror, seeing Ben underneath. She screams as Ben pulls her under the bed, which ends the movie.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In 1997, director Mike Mendez pitched a sequel to I Know What You Did Last Summer that would have brought back Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze, Jr. in a college setting.[5]

In a 2018 interview, Trey Callaway stated that he was asked by Mandalay Pictures if he was interested in penning the script for the sequel, a fan of the first film, Callaway said yes, came in and pitched his take, and was hired.[6]

The studio also had hired Stephen Gaghan to write a different draft of the script, with it reportedly set in New Orleans, when the studio had to chose between both scripts, Callaway's script was chosen, however, in early promo trailers, Gaghan would be listed as co-screenwriter.[6]

Callaway would further state that the studio was eager to get production on the sequel going, in order to capitalize on the success of the first film, the project went into production about six months after he sold his pitch, Callaway didn't visit the set during production as Mercy Point, a television pilot he developed had gotten picked up as a series at the same time.[6]

In February 1998, Danny Cannon was announced as director, unrelated to Mendez's idea.[7] Matthew Settle, Hewitt and Prinze Jr. joined the cast March 1998,[8] and Jennifer Esposito joined a month later.[9]

Music[edit]

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album (Digital download)/Audio CD by
Various
ReleasedNovember 17, 1998
Length51:14
LabelWarner Bros. Records
  1. "Sugar Is Sweeter" (CJ Bolland; Danny Saber remix featuring Justin Warfield) – 4:57
  2. "How Do I Deal" (Jennifer Love Hewitt) – 3:23
  3. "Relax" (Deetah) – 3:51
  4. "Hey Now Now" (Swirl 360) – 4:37
  5. "Blue Monday" (Orgy) – 4:32
  6. "Polite" (Bijou Phillips) – 4:25
  7. "Try to Say Goodbye" (Jory Eve) – 3:35
  8. "Testimony" (Grant Lee Buffalo) – 3:59
  9. "(Do You) Wanna Ride" (Reel Tight) – 3:33
  10. "Getting Scared" (Imogen Heap) – 4:51
  11. "Górecki" (Lamb) – 6:22
  12. "Julie's Theme" (John Frizzell) – 2:52
  13. "That Girl" (Esthero) - 4:41 (not included on the original U.S. pressing)

The soundtrack was released on November 17, 1998 by Warner Bros. Records. On January 19, 1999, "How Do I Deal" was released as a single, backed by Jory Eve's "Try to Say Goodbye". A music video for "How Do I Deal" was made available to music television networks.

  • The song "Eden" by Belgian rock/pop group Hooverphonic was also featured in the film, but did not appear on the final soundtrack. The song appeared early in the film, when Julie looked at the picture of Helen beside her bed.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film made $16.5 million from 2,443 theaters during its opening weekend, finishing second behind holdover The Waterboy.[10] At the end of its 15-week run, the film grossed $40 million in the United States.[2]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 7% based on 58 reviews and an average rating of 3.4/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Boring, predictable and bereft of thrills or chills, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is exactly the kind of rehash that gives horror sequels a bad name."[11] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 21 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[12] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.[13]

Leonard Klady of Variety said: "Purists will find the pic's obviousness disappointing, but there's no question that the film delivers a sufficient shock quotient to satisfy its youthful target audience."[14]

I Know What You Did Last Summer's director, Jim Gillespie, said: "I thought it wasn't the right story. I didn't like the premise. It kind of killed the franchise a little bit. They had a chance to do something a bit different and for me it didn't work."[15]

Other media[edit]

Sequel[edit]

On August 15, 2006, a straight-to-DVD film titled I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer was released. The film is unrelated to the two previous films and features no returning cast members. It was originally proposed to continue where I Still Know What You Did Last Summer left off. Instead, the film features an unrelated plot with a brief mention of the first two films.

In February 2023, a new legacy sequel was announced as in development. Hewitt and Prinze Jr. are both in-talks to star. Jennifer Kaytin Robinson will direct the film from a script by Leah McKendrick.[16]

Book[edit]

In 1998, a paperback version of the screenplay for I Still Know What You Did Last Summer was published by Pocket Books.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved February 10, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) - Financial Information".
  3. ^ a b "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 10, 2023.
  4. ^ "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Blu-ray Review". IGN. 9 Jul 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2020. Jack Black also chimes in with an uncredited cameo. He enjoys what little screentime he has, but does his best to annoy any [sic] and everyone around him.
  5. ^ Jenkins, Jason (March 30, 2022). "'I Know What You Did Last Summer 2' – Mike Mendez Recalls His Unmade Pitch [Phantom Limbs]". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved March 30, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c "Writer talks 'I Still Know…' – 20 Years Later". bloody-flicks.co.uk. 2018-10-18. Retrieved 2024-01-24.
  7. ^ "Summer II Cannonized". Variety. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  8. ^ "'I Still Know' to star Settle". Variety. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  9. ^ "Esposito joins 'Summer' sequel". Variety. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  10. ^ "'Waterboy' Outpaces Death in Two Different Forms". Los Angeles Times. 16 November 1998.
  11. ^ "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  12. ^ "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer". Metacritic.
  13. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com.
  14. ^ Klady, Leonard (November 5, 1998). "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer". Variety. Retrieved February 10, 2023.
  15. ^ "I Know What You Did Last Summer 20 years on". Digital Spy. 17 October 2017.
  16. ^ Squires, John (February 6, 2023). "Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. Returning for New 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' Sequel!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved February 10, 2023.

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