I Know Who Killed Me
I Know Who Killed Me is a psychological thriller/horror film that was released in the Summer of 2007 and stars Lindsay Lohan. The film was written by Jeff Hammond and was directed by Chris Sivertson. It was released by TriStar Pictures on July 27, 2007, and was deemed a critical and commercial failure and it has since been called one of the worst films ever made. The film, however, subsequently developed a cult following and several screenings of it have been put together by historic theaters and film festivals.
Aubrey Fleming who is a regular high school student with friends and family goes missing. Two weeks later, she is found unconscious in the middle of the woods. When spoken to, her loved ones realize she has forgotten her identity and the personality living in her body is Dakota Moss, a snarky stripper. It only gets more bizarre from there.
Why It Indeed Killed Itself
- The movie's title "I Know Who Killed Me" absolutely makes no sense whatsoever, at all, even when it appears during the story. In fact, the title is laughable.
- The attempt of having Lindsay Lohan be in a horror film was a questionable idea for her adult career.
- Poor writing, even the film's plot does not sound too scary at all.
- Horrible acting from everyone involved, even Lindsay Lohan's performance is nothing to write home about.
- Extremely bizarre and boring premise. The attempt at justifying the bad writing from the alternate ending is even dumber.
- Ham-fisted symbolism, highlighted by overuse of blue and red depending on which character Lohan is playing.
- The film rips off various horror films like Hostel, Saw and I Know What You Did Last Summer.
- Irritating, and unlikable characters, especially the characters of Aubrey Fleming / Dakota Moss, and Susan Fleming.
- The police handle solving the identity case poorly.
- An overuse of cross transitions is present in this film. It may be likely that the editors are somewhat careless
- The pole dancing scenes aren't cool or convincing at all.
- There's a sex scene, especially the pole-dancing scene that's both extremely pointless and distracting.
- Tons of nonsensical scenes. For example: in one scene, one of Dakota's fingers turns blue and falls off by itself, an ultrasound is saved, just to name many.
- Lame plot twists: First, it is revealed that Aubrey is her twin. Second, it is revealed that Aubrey's piano teacher is actually the killer.
- It is never explained how Aubrey got kidnapped.
- Different alternate endings that are pointless. Probably the most nonsensical ending is when Lohan plays an unnamed student who wears a purple sweater (since Aubrey symbolizes with blue and Dakota symbolizes with red) and it's revealed that Aubrey and Dakota aren't real and that it was a story that she made up.
- When Aubrey stabs Norquist in the gut and the side of his neck, Norquist makes a stupidly laughable face.
- The camera light quality during night scenes and dark scenes make the movie very cheap for 2007 standards especially in the torture scenes, however the day time scenes are more better quality.
- Odd scenes for example the prosthetic legs hanging from the ceiling and Norquist playing piano even after getting his hand cut off by Aubrey and the weird owl.
- Aubrey's torture scene is very unsettling and disturbing.
- Awful direction by Chris Sivertson.
- Mr. Fleming gets killed in a bathtub full of blood and a blood bucket but the wounds were never shown in his body due to his dark shirt.
- The ending raises many questions.
- A plot hole, if they knew Norquist were the killer than why don't Aubrey and Daniel call the police.
- The cinematography is pretty decent, despite its highlighted use of blue and red.
- Joel McNeely's score on the soundtrack is really good, even though it's not that scary.
I Know Who Killed Me was universally panned by critics and audiences alike for the nonsensical plot, writing, acting and overall premise. The film currently holds a 9% "rotten" approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 2.1 out of 10 and a critic consensus statement that reads "Distasteful and ludicrously plotted, I Know Who Killed Me is a career nadir for everyone involved -- particularly Lindsay Lohan in a dual role." Film critic Richard Roeper of The Chicago Sun-Times declared it as the worst film of 2007 and would later go so far as to call it the worst film of the 2000s. Critic Michael Phillips of The Chicago Tribune awarded the film a 1.5 out of 4 stars and described the film as "Incoherent and semi-vile." and Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter described the film as "a ridiculous thriller (minus the thrills) starring the embattled Lindsay Lohan in a dual role."
The film received an F from CinemaScore and holds a 16/100 on Metacritic meaning "overwhelming dislike". The film also holds a 3.6 out of 10 on IMDb and is currently ranked at #74 on IMDb's Bottom 100 Films list.
I Know Who Killed Me opened up at #9 on its opening weekend grossing $3,506,291 in the U.S. and later grossed $7,498,716. In foreign markets, it grossed $2,171,042. The film bombed after it made a worldwide gross of $9,669,758 against its $12 million budget.
Awards and nominations
The film held the record for winning the most Golden Raspberry Awards in a single edition at eight (though one was Lindsay Lohan tied with Lindsay Lohan for worst actress) until that record was surpassed by Jack and Jill, which won ten Golden Raspberry Awards. In the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards, it was nominated for Worst Picture of The Decade (but it lost to Battlefield Earth) and Worst Actress of the Decade for Lindsay Lohan (but it lost to Paris Hilton).
- Lindsay took pole dancing lessons to prepare for the role of Dakota Moss. However, she couldn't do any nude scenes due to a no-nudity rule in her contract.
- Lindsay often showed up late or didn't show up at all for filming and had someone stand in for her roles. She was also unable to promote the film on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno due to her DUI arrest in July of 2007.
- There are three different endings for the film on the DVD including the confusing unnamed student ending.
- Lindsay had to have her appendix removed and had to go to rehab before filming resumed in February 2007.
- Awkwardly, Lindsay Lohan's sister, Aliana Lohan chose to visit her for the first time on the film set, on the day that she was to film her pole dancing sequences.
- This is the third time Lindsay Lohan portrayed as twins since The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday.
- This is the first and only film written by Jeffrey Hammond.
- Reportedly, this film was originally going to run for three hours.