Based loosely on Lois Duncan's novel of the same name, I Know What You Did Last Summer continued the 90's barrage of postmodern teen slasher flicks. The film was released hot on the heels of writer Kevin Williamson's box office success Scream and although he was still new to the scene it quickly became clear that this pony was already out of tricks. For horror anyway.
I Know What You Did Last Summer tells the tale of four high school friends who become trapped in the urban legend they talk about over drinks on the beach before running a man over in the road. Suddenly their lives take a sharp turn. Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) was ready for college, Barry (Ryan Philippe) had quarterback dreams, Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr.) was just a regular guy trying to make it and Helen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) had art star dreams for New York. Initially they presume the man dead, dump his body in the water and vow never to speak of the ghastly night ever again. One year later, a note arrives at Julie's house grimly stating, "I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER!" Suddenly the urban legend comes cruelly to life and a fisherman with a hook has a score to settle.