In case you’ve been living under a rock, or just mindless ignoring the quality content on this site, I’ve been on a 90s kick. I personally blame “Cruel Intentions.” That movie has honestly become one of my favorite movies. I decided to dive into the 90s teen slasher genre. I’ve been avoiding this genre for a while because frankly, I hate horror movies. So what a better way to start into this with probably one of the most popular teen slasher movies of the 90s. Oh, I’ve also decided to add a new rating system.
Taking it to your grave
“I Know What You Did Last Summer” was released in the fall of 1997. It was written by Kevin Williamson. He has given us the following gems: The entire “Scream” franchise, “The Vampire Diaries,” “Dawson’s Creek,” and the TV show based on “Scream.” That’s right, this man is responsible for many staples throughout the 90s, 00s, and 10s. The movie stars a lot of big names that would be featured throughout this time period. Sarah Michelle Gellar (” Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Cruel Intentions”), Jennifer Love Hewitt (“Party of Five” and that wonderful singing career), Freddie Prinze Jr. (“She’s All That” and being Mr. Sarah Michelle Gellar), and Ryan Phillippe (“Cruel Intentions” and “Shooter”). This cast was lit as fuck.
The movie falls four friends as someone tries to seek revenge on them after they covered up a hit and run accident after their final drunken night senior year of high school. A year later, someone is leaving them notes about that night and ends up stalking them. They try to continue on and survive to figure out who is after them before it’s the last thing they do. Literally and figuratively.
This movie was actually everything. I saw the first “Scary Movie,” which was just a horror movie parody, and I didn’t realize how much they took from this movie. But still, it was actually everything. I can see why people talk so highly of it. It’s not on the same level of “Scream” but it’s still a quality slasher movie. “I Know What You Did Last Summer” is what teen slasher movies strived to be. It’s to the point where it’s one of the reasons that we have crappy movie sequels.
It’s not too gore but at the same time but know when it needs to bust out the blood and gore. It was also extremely well shot. Some of the scenes were just beautifully done and help tell the story. One scene that is everything is the scene where the killer takes out one of the main characters up in the balcony. It doesn’t show the actual killing but just the shadow of the weapon striking. It was visually awesome.
The only complaint that I have is how the characters get killed off. Some of the murders/killings were fine. Others felt like they should have died in a different way. Like there was stereotypical horror movie tropes and then some of it was kind of dumb. Without spoiling too much, I did enjoy Sarah Michelle Gellar’s scene. It was fitting for someone who is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Let’s rate Ryan Phillippe
So new rating scale will be rating Ryan Phillippe and how attractive he is. This will only be for Ryan Phillippe movies/shows. I will be rating him on a scale of 1 to 10. 10 being Sebastian Valmont, the literal best, to 1 being an extra in the background that no one notices. Because it’s Ryan Phillippe, he will never be a 1. Ryan Phillippe will never be a one.
But I would rate him in this movie as an 8. His character is a douche but an attractive douche. You’re supposed to kind of hate him because he’s a dick but at the same time, there’s a whole sequence of him working out, showering, and walking around in a towel because it’s needed for the plot. This is why he got an 8. Oh, and his acting was great too.
Verdict of “I Know What You Did Last Summer”
“I Know What You Did Last Summer” is a very good teen slasher movie. It’s not too gore and yet when it is, it does it to extend the story. I recommend watching this movie because it’s a classic when it comes to teen movies in the ’90s. The movie is beautifully shot and the acting is great. Like I said above, my only complaint is with some of the deaths in the movie. Other than that, I might actually check out the second movie, “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.”
Rating: 4 out of 5
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