Owen Gleiberman
October 31, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

I Know What You Did Last Summer

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., Anne Heche
director
Jim Gillespie
author
Kevin Williamson
genre
Horror, Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

Written by Kevin Williamson, who penned the allusively witty, genre-bending script for Scream, this is nothing more than a slick version of the kind of gruesomely formulaic teen slasher film that Scream took off from. In a North Carolina fishing village, four high school graduates, out for a summer joyride, hit someone on the road and dump the body in the ocean, only to realize he’s still alive. The following summer, they’re haunted by a deranged killer. The story has more holes than the bodies do, but the shocks are efficient, and Party of Five‘s Jennifer Love Hewitt knows how to scream with soul. B-

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