I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer
Another violent and unnecessary sequel.
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie isn't appropriate for kids. The graphic violence is bloody and intense, as are the stuttering, strobe-flash digital editing tricks. There's also lots of profanity and drinking.
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What's the Story?
The only connection to the earlier movies in the I KNOW WHAT YOU DID series is a news clipping and a persistent teen legend about a boogey-man-like figure in a fisherman's rain slicker who kills young people harboring terrible secrets. A bunch of Colorado high-school seniors use the legend to play-act a public attack by the rain-slicker man in a crowded carnival on July 4. Their pointless prank leads to one of their circle getting killed, and the remaining foursome vow to keep their participation a secret. One year later, one of them, Amber (Brooke Nevin), receives the familiar anonymous note in text-message form: "I know what you did last summer." She rounds up the others to determine who could be harassing them, and soon the figure in a fisherman costume is slashing away at them again, never mind that the primary location is a closed-for-the-season ski resort, miles from the water (but still inky-black with shadows most of the time).
Is It Any Good?
The best laugh (and practically the only laugh) in this crummy sequel is the name of the production company: Original Films. The straight-to-video cash-in is pretty much a remake of the initial 1997 I Know What You Did Last Summer, with a dumb supernatural twist that succeeds at nothing but making you appreciate how good the first one was (and it wasn't even good to begin with).
While the first two movies had "whodunit" murder-mystery aspects with a feeble moral (always be honest about it if you've accidentally caused a death, or something like that), any attempt to deduce the marauder's identity here is ruined by the surprise at the climax that plunges the plot into strictly paranormal, ghost-story territory, where anything goes.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what sort of scary movies teens prefer -- ones that are grim and dead-serious (like the hit Saw) or those that make wisecracks, like the later "Freddy" or "Chucky" flicks. What's the appeal of horror movies? Why are teens especially drawn to them?
- In theaters: August 15, 2006
- On DVD or streaming: August 15, 2006
- Cast: Brooke Nevin, David Paetkau, Torrey DeVitto
- Director: Sylvain White
- Studio: Sony Pictures
- Genre: Horror
- Run time: 91 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: horror violence
- Last updated: November 16, 2022
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