043: I Know What You Did Last Summer
Premise: After accidentally killing a man with their car, four friends try to figure out who learned their secret — before a hook wielding killer catches up to them.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%
If you’re a member of this sleepy-yet-bustling beach town, you may find yourself the victim to a slicker-wearing, hook-wielding killer targeting local teens and their siblings. If you’re Julie Jones (Jennifer Love Hewitt), you try to solve the case on your own. If you’re everyone else, you’re basically set dressing for the weird teen horror that is I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
Knowing their futures are at stake, they do what any reasonable person would do. They dump the corpse in the ocean and try to move on.
There’s nothing outstanding in this film — other than the beauty of our 90s stars, of course. The whole thing builds up towards a climax that isn’t satisfying. A few of our stars die, and nobody in the town seems to care. Where Scream involves the community buzz of cops and reporters, Summer leaves you in the tender hands of Hewitt’s Julie and crew. Combined with the rather stereotypical tropes of these characters, by the time the picture ends you’re completely underwhelmed.
At least there are some entertaining moments in the film — although not intentionally.
Plus, the jump scare gets extra goofy when you realize they went on to make a sequel titled I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998).