I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer
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. It was released 8 years after the previous film I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
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.
- Parts of the film have a lot of flashing lights and effects that makes it not safe for photosensitive viewers that can trigger epilepsy.
- 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.
- The music used is really weird and, combined with the shaky camera transitions and flashing lights and effects, can make you feel nauseous after a while.
- The opening act that kicked off the movie's plot can become unintentionally humorous due to how out-of-place the creepy teenage giggles can be.
- 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.
- The movie has a couple of plot holes and errors, mainly:
- How did The Fisherman get resurrected as a zombie?
- How did The Fisherman travel all the way to Colorado from The Bahamas if he's already dead?
- How did he become an urban legend if he exists in real life?
- 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?
- Lack of originality: Some scenes in the movie are rip-offs of the first movies, which are:
- Amber, one of the main characters, 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.
- The chase scenes aren't great and use too many flashing lights and effects to advance the scenes.
- The protagonists did nothing to incur The Fisherman's wrath, yet he is somehow going after them.
- 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.
- The actors did try their best to act out their roles in the movie.
- Decent 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)
- The movie did at least acknowledge the events of the previous 2 films in the form of a one-off scrapbook.
- 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.
- Amber, Zoe, and Lance are decent characters.
- Broken Ridge is a nice setting because of its diverse locations in the film.
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%.
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.
The movie's official trailer
Phelan Porteous's review of the movie
Dead Meat's Kill Count of the movie
- There were plans to have the original cast return for this film and was scheduled for a release in the early 2000s.