I Know What You Did Last Summer


(1997) ★★★

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.

Certificate: 18

Duration: 98min

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