I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
Director: Danny Cannon
Jennifer Love Hewitt/Julie
Freddy Prinze Jr./Ray
Muse Watson/Ben Willis
Julie (Hewitt) is still perturbed by what happened on that summer. She wins a trip to the Bahamas and goes there with a few friends. But a vacation isnâ€™t complete without a storm and a hook wielding psychopath. She gets both. The vengeful Ben Willis (Watson) is back but this time is he working alone???
I liked the first Summer movie and was looking forward to the sequel. But this dreck is a sorry excuse. This one sets the slasher genre 50 years back and any sign of intelligence the original showed is totally absent in the follow up. Where do I begin??? Lets start with the killer himself. He still wears that slickerâ€¦why? In the original it made sense, it took place in a fishing townâ€¦with the slicker he blended in. In this one he stands out and itâ€™s far from being good cover. Can someone tell me how Willis can see where heâ€™s going with that hat sunk so far down that half his face is covered? He must be psychic. Second of all the killerâ€™s motivation. He wants to kill Julie for what she did to him. Thatâ€™s fine. But why doesnâ€™t he kill her when he gets the chance? He has no problem dispatching of the side stock charactersâ€¦but when it come to Julie he always makes the wrong move. Best example: Julie is in a tanning booth, he arrivesâ€¦does he stab her? Choke her? Noâ€¦he ties the booth shut and turns up the heat so she can burn to death. And he doesnâ€™t even stick around to relish her demise, he leaves her there â€śJames Bondâ€ť style. Her friends save herâ€¦of course they frantically try to get the booth open, not thinking that all they have to do is turn off the heat. And what the hell is Julie doing in a tanning booth anyways, 4 frames earlier she discovered a dead body and now sheâ€™s in a tanning booth with a walkman on! Dumb broad.
The movie reeks of lazy slasher tricks. It has fake scares, dumb dream sequences, a stupid â€śvoodooâ€ť subplot, an unnecessary â€śfalseâ€ť ending and a who dunnit that takes you aback but if you think hard about it, just isnâ€™t credible.
The stock characters are beyond paper thin. The worst being a white, pot smoking, Rasta man. I will admit he pulled a few chuckles out of me but heâ€™s still the dumbest â€śvictimâ€ť I ever saw..
The only saving grace this movie offers are: 1- Jennifer Love Hewittâ€™s big breasts. This girl always wears a top one size too small and only buttons one button on her shirt. Hewitt likes showing off and we like looking. 2- Nice scenery, the Bahamas always look good. 3-A few semi enjoyable stalk sequences andâ€¦.andâ€¦.and thatâ€™s it!
At least Freddy Prinze Jr. took acting lessons since the last Summer flickâ€¦.Let's hook this one to the ground..
A few nice hookings, the best being a hook in the mouth. The fisherman also improvises in this one, using big scissors to kill one victim. Decent.
Jennifer Love Hewitt (Julie) manages to bring some depth to her part. But thatâ€™s thrown out the window when she starts showing off her melons. Don't get me wrong, I love it but it sure doesnâ€™t help her character. The word tease comes to mind. I never thought Iâ€™d say this but Freddy Prinze Jr. (Ray) is solid in this one, delivering a tough, determined show. I bought it. Hurray for acting lessons! Brandy Norwood (Karla) does good, bringing rough charm to the part. Arrow likes her acting better than her music. Mekhi Phifer (Tyrell) who was discovered in â€śClockersâ€ť brings in the laughs as the brother who just canâ€™t seem to get that booty. Matthew Settle (Will) communicates his characters insecurity and vulnerability to a T. Muse Watson (Willis) gives another chilling turn when heâ€™s allowed real screen time (when we see his face)...more of him â€śsansâ€ť hat wouldnâ€™t hurt the film. We know who the fisherman isâ€¦donâ€™t have to hide his face anymore.
T & A
Hewittâ€™s COVERED breasts (still look yummy) and for the ladies Phiferâ€™s cut chest. Dig in.
The film does look good. The setting is spooky and beautiful. The lighting is awesome and we do get a few good shots. But a good looking turd is still a turd.
A little bit of Whitesnakeâ€™s â€śHere I Go Againâ€ť and Hooverphonicâ€™s Eden. An effective haunting score.
If you want to see Hewitt bend down, show cleavage and reprise the scene she did in the original where she yells: "Come and get me! What are you waiting for!" This one's for you. If you want to see an intelligent slasher flick, that doesnâ€™t take itâ€™s audience for moronsâ€¦skip this one. Can someone tell me why every time a mystery killer is uncovered in the â€śnew slasher trendâ€ť flicks, he has to go into endless monologues and becomes a master of one liners? How annoying! This is one summer too many. Hope the next sequel is written by someone that graduated high school.
Jeffrey Combs of Re Animator fame has a small part in this one as the Hotel clerk. Heâ€™s hilarious. Jennifer Esposito (Nancy) also has a small part and The Arrow was wooed by her strong, charismatic performance.