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I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer

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I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer
I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer DVD cover.jpg
I don't care what you did last summer
Genre: Slasher horror
Directed By: Sylvain White
Produced By: Neal H. Moritz
Erik Feig
Written By: Michael D. Weiss
Based On: I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan
Starring: Brooke Nevin
David Paetkau
Torrey DeVitto
Ben Easter
Cinematography: Stephen M. Katz
Distributed By: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: August 15, 2006
Runtime: 92 mins
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: Unknown
Box Office: US$20 million
Franchise: I Know What You Did Last Summer
Prequel: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
Sequel: I Know What You Did Last Summer (TV show)


I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer is an American low-budget slasher horror movie directed by Sylvain White, produced by Neal H. Moritz and Erik Feig and written by Michael D. Weiss. The film stars Brooke Nevin, David Paetkau, Torrey DeVitto and Ben Easter.

It was released direct-to-video on August 15, 2006, in the United States and served as the final movie in the I Know What You Did Last Summer trilogy and the franchise until Amazon Prime's announcement of a TV series based on the first film. It was released 8 years after the previous film I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.

Plot

A group of teenagers in Colorado find themselves being stalked and killed one by one by a mysterious figure with a hook, exactly one year after they covered up a friend's accidental death.

Why It Doesn't Know What You Did Last Summer

  1. Parts of the film have a lot of flashing lights and effects that makes it not safe for photosensitive viewers that can trigger epilepsy.
  2. While I Know What You Did Last Summer and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer were set in seaside towns, I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer is set in landlocked Colorado, making it a bit confusing as to why the Fisherman is arriving there.
  3. The music used is really weird and, combined with the shaky camera transitions and flashing lights and effects, can be a bit nauseating.
  4. For such a low-budget movie, the color grading is bad despite its cinematography being managed by Stephen M. Katz, who previously worked on The Blues Brothers.
  5. The movie has a couple of plot holes and errors, mainly:
    1. How did The Fisherman get resurrected as a zombie?
    2. How did he successfully climb his way onto Amber's cable car gondola from his gondola without overriding its safety features, getting electrocuted by the power lines and getting blown away by the snowstorm?
  6. Lack of originality: Some scenes in the movie are too similar to the ones of the first movies, which are:
    • Amber, the protagonist, reveals to her boyfriend Colby that she's planning to move to Mountain Town, Colorado, while Colby is planning to move to Los Angeles to pursue an internship. This premise has already been repeated in I Know What You Did Last Summer with Julie saying a similar thing to her boyfriend Ray and Ray planning a similar move to New York too.
    • Broken Ridge, Colorado, has the same extreme judicial system as Southport, North Carolina.
    • All the main characters made a pact to keep quiet about the accidental murder just like I Know What You Did Last Summer, with the main female character being unable to stop thinking about it.
    • The main events in the film take place 1 year after the opening act.
    • Zoe's talent show is a rip-off of the Southport Fish Queen Competition from the first movie.
  7. The chase scenes aren't great and use too many flashing lights and effects to advance the scenes.
  8. The protagonists did nothing to incur The Fisherman's wrath, yet he is somehow going after them.
  9. Zoe's actress, Torrey DeVitto, did not do any singing at all. Instead, an unknown singer is dubbed over her voice instead, hence why her mouth is sometimes out of sync when she sings.
  10. It killed off the franchise with no new entry for 15 years until Amazon Prime's announcement of a TV series based on the first film in 2021.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Good performances from the actors.
  2. Great practical effects thanks to Greg Solomon (who also worked on Army of Darkness previously), Lancel Reyes and Brad Hardin (who also worked on Halloween H2O: Twenty Years Later and SAW previously and also played The Fisherman in some second-unit photography).
  3. The movie did acknowledge the events of the previous 2 films in the form of a one-off scrapbook.
  4. Deputy Haffner's death is a great and memorable death from the film due to its uniqueness: being lifted up and forcefully impaled onto forklift prongs by the Fisherman.
  5. Amber, Zoe, and Lance are decently likable characters, and Colby and Roger are written to be interesting.
    • Amber, Zoe, Colby, and Roger are affected in different ways after the incident.
      • Amber is mostly fine, but hasn't stayed in touch with Zoe.
      • Zoe is also fine, though she has a little bit of stress.
      • Colby's plan failed and is now self destructive and is antagonistic towards his friends.
      • Roger is guilt ridden, overly anxious, and suicidal after the incident, which is ironic, considering how he seemed to have easily covered it up.
    • The characters' progression is also intriguing:
      • Amber and Zoe's friendship was strong at the beginning, but then broke apart. However, throughout the film, they begin bonding again and become great friends, which is nice to see.
      • Colby is cynical, mean, and horrible to the others, but he shows reasoning for his actions, and he is shown a bit of care near the end.
      • Lance is a bit broken, but through events and his positive relationship with Amber, he becomes more stable.
  6. Broken Ridge is a nice setting because of its diverse locations in the film, as well as the likable townsfolk.
  7. Nice cinematography, especially the overhead shots, even with the gritty look.
  8. To be fair, the Fisherman could be after the teens for these reasons:
    1. His name and character were falsely used for a risky prank.
    2. He sees the similarities of the situations in this film and the first two films, and doesn't want it to go without justice being served.

Reception

I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics and fans of the trilogy.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has a critic rating of 0% (Rotten) and a user score of 21%.[1]

DVD Talk gave the move a 1/5 and recommended skipping it entirely, criticizing the movie's dull and muddy directing, editing and script and equally bad and predictable acting.[2]

Dead Meat said that he hated the movie and called it his least favorite horror movie of all time.

Videos

The movie's official trailer
Phelan Porteous's review of the movie
Dead Meat's Kill Count of the movie

Trivia

  • There were plans to have the original cast return for this film and was scheduled for a release in the early 2000s.

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