BBC3: Saturday 24 October, 10pm
Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar among a quartet of teens in a North Carolina coastal town paying a heavy price for covering up a hit-and-run accident. Sleekly filmed stalk-and-slash thriller from Scream writer Kevin Williamson, wittily playing on fears engendered by fireside scare stories.
It’s not as sophisticated as Scream (nor as well developed) but it has moments of high shock and suspense. One attack in particular, taking place yards from a July 4th parade in main street, is staged with bravura skill. It begins brightly, too, with an unnervingly odd cover version of the old Isley Brothers hit Summer Breeze.
The resolution isn’t too convincing but it’s generally scary getting there. Which is more than can be said for the dismal sequels, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer.
Neither of which director Jim Gillespie nor Williamson touched with a barge-pole. Incidentally, novelist Lois Duncan went public with her disdain for the original film, horrified that ‘Hollywood had turned my teenage suspense story into a slasher film’. We know what she did when the sequels came out.
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