Review: I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)


“We killed a man and ruined the lives of everyone he knew.”
– Julie James

SYNOPSIS: After an accident on a winding road, four teens make the fatal mistake of dumping their victim’s body into the sea. But exactly one year later, the dead man returns from his watery grave and he’s looking for more than an apology. – via IMDB


GRADE 5This was big when I was a rugrat. I mean huge. This is something I saw quite a few times. I might not have loved the crap out of it then, but it was okay. Seeing it all these years later? Sheesh. There really were some bad flicks that came out in the nineties. It’s like… the film is actually pretty funny because it is so silly, but it tries to take itself too seriously, and that is what hurts it.

Anyway, I don’t have an awful lot to say. I can’t help but think that this film embodied the nineties in so many ways – I think the most obvious is the stars attached to it. Ryan Phillippe nails that rich, crazy, spoiled brat, and this was no exception. This was, however, one of the times I was not a big fan of him, and I usually enjoy him. I think it is more his character than him, but he was still just a meh character all round. The cast wasn’t actually bad. Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr, and Sarah Michelle Gellar? They all delivered their totally one dimensional characters just fine. Corny lines and all.

Anyway, the premise to this is actually so weak and over the top silly. I mean come on! These kids all look like they have been through the wringer, and nobody is wondering what the hell happened to this tight-knit group of elite friends to reduce them all to absolutely nothing? I don’t buy it. I really don’t. The movie was chock full of any type of horror cliché it could squeeze into it, and was predictable, but still relatively entertaining when all is said and done. It is fluffy and light and silly. The villain is actually so ridiculous, and that also really hurts the movie. The super sappy ending also didn’t help matters, either. My eyes went a-rolling.

Typical nineties teen slasher with a very recognizable cast, but ultimately is quite the flat, uninspired experience and doesn’t have much going for it. There are infinitely better popcorn entertainment horror/slasher movies out there to keep yourself busy with. I certainly won’t be rushing to rewatch this and its questionable content anytime soon.

25 thoughts on “Review: I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

  1. Yeah this movie is straight up silly as hell. I think I did this for a throwback Thursday post a long time ago and that is the last time I watched it and I remember then thinking how much dumber it all seemed so many years later. I mean there is fun-silly and then there’s the silly that kinda pushes it too far

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  2. This film is straight up daft from the start; but it’s one of those films that I enjoy watching whenever I do. It’s the typical ‘bad horror film’ that you’d watch on a sleep over with all your bestest friends but my problematic love of 90s cinema makes me love it. (The sequel is even worse which just makes it better)

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    1. Gosh, it is daft, no denying that. I definitely liked it more when I was younger, but even then it wasn’t a favourite of mine. The sequel is unforgivably bad!


  3. I was a huge Jennifer Love Hewitt fan back in the day for reasons I won’t specify and this movie is not without its charms, but it’s also not very good. Nice review.

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  4. This is such an ultimate popcorn, guilty-pleasure flick that I absolutely adore. I was a teenager when it came out, but someone didn’t see it until years later, sadly. Great post! This makes me want to re-watch this and i STILL know what you did last summer hahaha

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  5. I don’t mind it compared to some horrors of the same ilk. Sarah Michelle Gellar’s prolonged chase was the highlight for me, because I had no idea if she was going to make it or not. But yeah, it hasn’t aged well at all. I would probably stretch to a 6 though.

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    1. Gosh, there are a lot of two bit horrors out there. Her chase was definitely worth the watch, I agree there. You were never quite sure. She was so close, too! I think you’re being too generous xD

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