Celebrating the end of high school, teenagers Julie, Helen, Ray and Barry get drunk and drive off in Barry's car. They quickly sober up when they collide with the body of a man in the road. Not wishing to be questioned by the police, they agree to dump the body in the sea. However, the man is still alive, so the foursome finish the job they have started and beat him to death. The friends agree not to mention what has occurred, and go their separate ways. However, a year later they are all being stalked and receiving messages from someone who knows what they did last summer, and wants revenge...
Just what the world needs, another riff on that post-Psycho
horror cliché: the slasher movie. In this version, which considerably dumbs down the Lois Duncan book, the bad guy chases naughty teenagers with a hook, all the while dressed as a dark version of the Gorton's fisherman. They seem to have killed someone in a car accident while out partying, and a price must be paid. Nothing new is added to the genre by I Know What You Did Last Summer
, though it would be unfair not to note that this does have some scary moments. That is about all it has, because as much as this wanted to be another Scream
, it hasn't the heart or the script. It does, however, have the requisite cast of small-screen stars (including Party of Five
's Jennifer Love Hewitt and Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar) to have snagged box-office success, spawning a sequel. --Rochelle O'Gorman