I Know What You Did Last Summer

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Director: Jim Gillespie
Writer: Kevin Williamson
Director of Photography:Denis Crossan
Editor:Steve Mirkovich
Music:John Debney
Production Designer:Gary Wissner
Producers:Neal H. Moritz, Erik Feig and Stokely Chaffin
Columbia; R; 100 minutes
Cast:Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Johnny Galecki, Bridgette Wilson, Anne Heche and Muse Watson

The comparisons are inevitable: Williamson also penned Scream and the upcoming Scream II. Hewitt, like fellowParty of Fiver Neve Campbell plays the good girl. But I Know What You Did Last Summer is one of the formulaic slasher flicks Scream lampooned. After a night of celebrating Helen Shivers's (Gellar) crowning as Croaker Queen in a local beauty pageant, a BMW full of drunk just-graduated high school students runs over a pedestrian. Unwilling to jeopardize their futures, the kids dump the body in the ocean. After a guilt-ridden year at college, the kids return home to a single-sentence letter that bears the title line. The tormented kids suspect each other until the bodies begin to pile up and they band together to track down the killer.

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