Writer: Lois Duncan, Trey Callaway
Director: Danny Cannon
Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Brandy Norwood, Mekhi Phifer, Muse Watson, Bill Cobbs, Matthew Settle, Jeffrey Combs, Jennifer Esposito, Jack Black
Theatrical Release: November 13, 1998
DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
Online Availability: Amazon for $14.99
“I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is not a screamfest, but it is goofy enough with decent acting to make a perfect, fun film during a date night.”
Once upon a time there was a man who wrote Scream. It became a huge success. Then, he sold an earlier script of his called I Know What you Did Last Summer. He’s not the guy who wrote this movie, but without him, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer would not exist. Whether you want to thank him or not for this remains to be seen.
Around this time, Jennifer Love Hewitt was all the rage. The first film, I Know What You Did Last Summer featured Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. (Mr. Sarah Michelle Gellar), Ryan Phillipe, Bridgette Wilson, Anne Heche, and Johnny Galecki. I recognize every single name, and these characters made the movie a viable horror flick. Well, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer features some notable names besides Prinze Jr. and Love Hewitt, who return, but I can’t say this movie is credible as a horror film.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer features Brandy, Mekhi Phifer, Matthew Settle (Rufus from Gossip Girl), and guest starring appearances by Jack Black (with dreads – he rocks!), Jennifer Esposito (Samantha Who’s best friend), and Bill Cobbs. This means the acting is pretty good. This isn’t one of those horror flicks that make you giggle like a school boy (or girl) from the sheer cheesiness of the acting. Instead, you’ll giggle at the sheer cheesiness of the plot.
What is it with the evildoers in horror movies not dying? Ben Willis is a modern day Michael Myers when it comes to the bad guy not dying. He was thrown overboard how many times? He had his hand cut off (the one with the hook), and he was shot multiple times. This dude doesn’t die. I get it with Freddy and Jason. They’re kind of like other worldy beings, but Ben Willis (much like Michael Myers) is just a human guy who has this evil hatred consuming him. I guess that kind of thing guarantees immortality in horror.
In the end, what this movie offers is fun. You can’t take I Still Know What You Did Last Summer seriously because it isn’t the type of film that should be taken seriously. It’s a fun romp with a horror twist, crazy storytelling and while this isn’t the best horror movie (it’s not even in the middle of the road as far as horror goes), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is engaging enough to make any date night, friendship based movie night or all around casual viewing worth the watch.
The I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Plot
Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is attempting to deal with the aftermath of the first movie. She’s attending school away from her hometown, in Boston, content to get away from the memories of her dead friends. She’s still dating Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr.), but their relationship is strained because he’s working on the docks in their hometown and she’s in Boston.
It’s Spring Break, almost a year after the events of the first movie have occurred, and Julie doesn’t want to return to her hometown to spend it with Ray. Ray mistakes this as rejection, but really she keeps having nightmares about Ben Willis (Muse Watson), the man who almost killed her a year ago. Julie’s best friend, Karla (Brandy Norwood) thinks she should forget about Ray. He’s not in Boston and their cute friend, Will (Matthew Settle) obviously likes her. Julie thinks Will is nice, but Ray is her boyfriend and they’ve been through a lot together, so she isn’t keen to her friend prodding her towards Will.
When Karla wins a trip to Jamaica, after “correctly” answering the capital of Brazil (she said Rio…hmmm), she ends up taking Julie, her boyfriend, Tyrell (Mekhi Phifer), and the guy of Julie’s choice. Julie chooses to take Ray, but when Ray doesn’t show up, Karla invites Will, which is, at first, upsetting to Julie. Little does Julie know Ray has been planning to propose to her, and on his way to surprise her (and go on the trip with her) he is attacked. While Ray’s friend is murdered, Ray manages to escape, though he ends up in the hospital, muttering something about a man with a hook.
When the foursome arrives in the Caribbean, they soon learn that it is storm season on the secluded island. The resort is dead, for the most part, and their hotel is off the mainland, so the area is pretty much empty of residents. The only people on the island are Mr. Brooks (Jeffrey Combs), the hotel manager, local pothead, Titus Telesco (Jack Black), the hotel bartender, Nancy (Jennifer Esposito), and Estes (Bill Cobbs), the hotel porter/bell hop.
Julie is freaked out, especially when people start dying. At first, no one believes her, but when it becomes clear Ben Willis is alive, the group tries to find a way to get off the island, during a hurricane, or face a most certain death. Add in the fact that Ray has escaped from the hospital, on his way to Miami and then Jamaica and you have a somewhat intriguing story, that is bound to make you laugh.
While the 2.40:1, 1080p, HD picture has improved the quality from the DVD release of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer this transfer isn’t nearly as good as I Know What You Did Last Summer when it came out in Blu-Ray. I found the picture to be a bit soft, personally. While it added to the more horrific scenes, the sharpness could have been better during other moments. There wasn’t any problem with compression errors or edge enhancements, and grain was kept to a minimum. Overall, this transfer is decent, but not spectacular.
The sound transfer for I Still Know is actually pretty good. The main track is presented in English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Dialogue comes through crisply. The sound effects and music balance one another out. Everything sounds clear and none of the sounds override one another. I didn’t have to worry about volume toggling while watching this movie, and the surround capabilities were pretty awesome. There are two additional tracks included in French Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Portuguese Dolby TrueHD 5.1. Subtitles are available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai.
There aren’t many bonuses included with this Blu-Ray. What is here, isn’t all that impressive. Here is a list of the bonuses and a brief description of each of the offerings.
“Making Of” Featurette: This featurette is pretty standard. The cast and crew talk about making the movie and the series in general. Nothing too interesting or worth sinking your teeth into in this making of.
“How Do I Deal” by Jennifer Love Hewitt Music Video: I hate when companies include music videos as bonus features. Unless you’re a little kid and this is a Hannah Montana or Lizzie McGuire video, I don’t think anyone finds these music videos enjoyable.
Theatrical Trailer: This is self-explanatory.
BD-Live is Enabled, though I don’t know what is offered since the Blu-Ray hasn’t been released yet.
Finally, this isn’t really a bonus, but I Sill Know What You Did Last Summer offers an all-region Blu-ray Disc for A, B, & C.
Bonus Features: [rating:1.5]
You cannot have high expectations when watching I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. This isn’t supposed to be an Academy Award winning film. Hell, it’s not even supposed to be a blockbuster. It’s just some crazy horror movie, that will make you laugh. While I cannot guarantee a purchase on Blu-Ray is right for this title (save money, go DVD), whatever version you get, you’re bound to enjoy this film for what it is.
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