ad info

CNN.com
 MAIN PAGE
 WORLD
 ASIANOW
 U.S.
 LOCAL
 POLITICS
 WEATHER
 BUSINESS
 SPORTS
 TECHNOLOGY
 NATURE
 ENTERTAINMENT
   movies
   music
   tv
 BOOKS
 TRAVEL
 FOOD
 HEALTH
 STYLE
 IN-DEPTH

 custom news
 Headline News brief
 daily almanac
 CNN networks
 CNN programs
 on-air transcripts
 news quiz

  CNN WEB SITES:
CNN Websites
 TIME INC. SITES:
 MORE SERVICES:
 video on demand
 video archive
 audio on demand
 news email services
 free email accounts
 desktop headlines
 pointcast
 pagenet

 DISCUSSION:
 message boards
 chat
 feedback

 SITE GUIDES:
 help
 contents
 search

 FASTER ACCESS:
 europe
 japan

 WEB SERVICES:
Movies

Theatrical preview for "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer"

Windows Media: 28k or 56k
Real: 28k or 56k

Review: Watch out Jason, that new killer is 'Still' in town

Web posted on:
Monday, November 16, 1998 3:58:48 PM EST

From CNN Interactive Sr. Producer Dave Rickett

(CNN) -- It's fitting that this movie opened on Friday the 13th. It works as a better installment to that series than to its parent film. Lacking the whodunit mystery component of the first, "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" is simply one gruesome ice hook murder after another. Instead of stalking only the kids who committed the crime against him, this second edition of the slicker-wearing killer goes after anyone and everyone.

All that said, it's not a bad film for what it is. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, almost from the beginning. Much like Jason, this fisherman with a mission is never too much in a hurry to get to his victims. Teens wielding knives, peeking behind closed doors and bravely wandering through the dark recall all the elements of the slasher flicks that started it all.

If you're looking for a movie that keeps you guessing (like the first "I Know..."), you won't find it here. But, If "Halloween H20" wasn't a big enough dose of nostalgia, you can get your fill with this one.

Let's compare and contrast:
"I Know What You Did Last Summer"
Rated: R
Genre: Horror/Mystery
"I STILL Know What You Did Last Summer"
Rated: R
Genre: Horror/Thriller
I RATE IT:
All ratings are out of 5 hooks

Plot

4 hooks

Originality

2 hooks

Scary

4 hooks

As a slasher film

4 and a half hooks

Compared to all films

3 and a half hooks
I RATE IT:
All ratings are out of 5 hooks

Plot

1 and a half hooks

Originality

1 and a half hooks

Scary

4 hooks

As a slasher film

3 and a half hooks

Compared to all films

2 hooks
YOU RATE IT

How many hooks do you give it?

5 hooks
4 hooks
3 hooks
2 hooks
1 hook

View Results
YOU RATE IT

How many hooks do you give it?

5 hooks
4 hooks
3 hooks
2 hooks
1 hook

View Results
WHERE IT RANKS:
Among other horror films:

1. "Scream"
2. "A Nightmare on Elm Street"
3. "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
4. "Halloween"
5. "Friday the 13th"
WHERE IT RANKS:
Among other horror films:

1. "Scream 2"
2. "A Nightmare on Elm Street 2"
3. "Halloween 2"
4. "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer"
5. "Friday the 13th 2"
THE PLOT:
Click if you want to know.
THE PLOT:
Click if you want to know.
MAIN CHARACTERS:
And where you might have seen them:

  • Julie -- Jennifer Love Hewitt, a.k.a. Sarah on "Party of Five"
  • Ray -- Freddie Prinze, Jr. a.k.a. Anthony in "House of Yes"
  • Helen -- Sarah Michelle Gellar, a.k.a. Buffy on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (TV)
  • Barry -- Ryan Phillippe, a.k.a. Shane in "54"
  • Max -- Johnny Galecki, a.k.a. David on "Roseanne"
  • MAIN CHARACTERS:
    And where you might have seen them:

  • Julie -- Jennifer Love Hewitt, a.k.a. Sarah on "Party of Five"
  • Ray -- Freddie Prinze, Jr., a.k.a. Anthony in "House of Yes"
  • Karla -- Brandy Norwood, a.k.a. singer Brandy
  • Tyrell -- Mekhi Phifer, a.k.a. Lem in "Soul Food"
  • Will -- Matthew Settle
  • BODY COUNT:
    5
    BODY COUNT:
    9
    WHO GETS THE HOOK:
    Don't look for them in the sequel:
    WHO GETS THE HOOK:
    Don't look for them in the sequel:
    MOST GRUESOME DEATH:
    Click if you want to know.
    MOST GRUESOME DEATH:
    Click if you want to know.
    BEST LINE:
    "Kids like you should be out having fun, drinking, partying, running people over, getting away with murder. Things like that." -- Guy with the hook
    BEST LINE:
    When Tyrell says he understands that the hotel they're staying in is old, the clerk responds, "It'll outlive you, I'm sure."
    KILLER CONSEQUENCES:
    What happens to hook man at the end of the movie?

    Click if you want to know.
    KILLER CONSEQUENCES:
    What happens to hook man at the end of the movie?

    Click if you want to know.
    THE FINAL WORD:
    It's like "Scream" set in a fishing village, but without the clever self-awareness of being part of the horror genre. Pretty scary and unpredictable.
    THE FINAL WORD:
    It's like "Friday the 13th" set on a Caribbean island. The same slow-moving killer stalks his victims and massacres them with no regard to plot.

    THE OFFICIAL SITE:
    NAME THE NEXT SEQUEL
    The end of this one is another perfect set up for a third installment of the series. What should they call it?

    E-mail me your suggestions and I'll post the best later in the week.
    Rickett.Reviews@CNN.com

    http://www.istillknow.com/

    Kind of a buggy combination of javascript and frames makes this site difficult to navigate at times. "The making of" is the deepest section, with behind-the-scenes casting and filming info. "The vacationers" and "The islanders" breaks down the characters and their roles. You can also play a couple of shockwave games, look up show times, win a Bahamas trip and buy/download souvenirs. Not a whole lot of original content here.

    CRITICAL ROUNDUP:
    Here's a look at what other critics have to say:

    E! Online -- "Despite working within the confines of the hot-teens-in-distress genre, director Cannon proves he's no hack by doing something truly shocking: He's made a sequel that's a cut or two above the original." Grade: B+
    Entertainment Weekly -- "'I Still Know What You Did Last Summer' lacks even the good, guilty setup of 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' -- the sense that the heroes are fleeing the consequences of their own crime." Grade: C Film.com -- "It's hard to feel scared or sympathize with the menace felt by these teens, because they're just such dopes, and because we're never given a reason to care whether they live or die."
    Mr. Showbiz -- "There's nothing at stake here. It's just a lot of frantic running around to see who will be back for future sequels." 44 out of 100 The New York Times -- "The follow-up to the phenomenally successful 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' is an empty, farcical blood bath that's virtually shock-free except for one preposterous plot twist."
    USA Today -- "The hook is what Danny Cannon ought to get for directing 'Judge Dredd' and this movie in the same lifetime, but there's plenty of blame to go around, starting with Trey Callaway's script." 1 star out of 4

    E-MAIL ME

    Send the hate mail and love letters this way:
    Rickett.Reviews@CNN.com

    Related stories:
    More Movies News

    Related sites:

    Note: Pages will open in a new browser window

    External sites are not
    endorsed by CNN Interactive.

    SEARCH CNN.com
    Enter keyword(s)   go    help
      

     

    Back to the top
    © 2000 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
    Terms under which this service is provided to you.
    Read our privacy guidelines.