(W/ LIGHT SPOILERS)
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (2021)
I Know What You Did Last Summer was originally a 1997 slasher film involving a group of intoxicated kids driving a car at night and accidentally killing a hitchhiker. In response to doing this in the ‘97 version of the story they choose to not inform the police and keep it their little secret; disposing of the body and calling it a night.
Amazon’s I Know What You Did Last Summer plays on this concept and gives it a modern atmosphere; tweaking the introduction to the ‘97 film ever so slightly.
The premiere starts with a sneak preview of the next summer and we become aware that someone knows what our lead did the previous year with a bloody surprise. Cut to last summer and there’s a huge graduation party happening filled with alcohol, loud music, sex and lots of drugs. And I’m positive you can guess the outcome (or can you?.)
For those familiar with the original film, we have a similar group of people in their late teens with some adjustments. Five teens in the car that caused the horrid accident: the driver, the drug dealer, the shy overwhelmed guy, the calm & collected brother and the social media obsessive. Two decent humans, two questionable and one with unknown intentions.
Madison Iseman takes on double duty playing twins with completely different personalities but entirely the same wardrobe. Iseman, known for her part in the Jumanji (2017, 2019) series of films dives deep into her character having the most interesting conversations with herself and sadly not with the others. Surrounding herselfs are the likes of Ezekiel Goodman, Brianne Tju (Scream: The TV Series), Ashley Moore (Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping), Sebastian Amoruso and Bill Heck (I’m Your Woman) - most of whom are relatively new on the scene. They all play respectable roles as modern teenagers with vastly different personalities among them, just none that have fully exposed themselves beyond their simplest introductions. Even with the vague intros it might be hard for some to push past the personalities of some of our leads, especially as they get more screen time and more backstory - I fear that people will drop off before whomever they have the most hatred for gets slashed. My biggest hope as the show continues beyond the premiere is ILWYDLS doesn’t dive too deep into the ins and outs of social media - respect that it’s a modern slasher without showing off how “modern” it is.
Spoilers won’t be presented here so if you’re looking for details on who they kill or if it’s someone they know - look elsewhere. In fact going in as vague as possible at least into the premiere is key. Prepare to get tense, be annoyed at characters actions as you would if you met these people in real life and most of all prepare for the unexpected. As a non-fan of the 1997 feature the premiere in itself has already drawn me in more than the entirety of the original picture - for fans of the original, the opinion may differ.
While the premiere may have some predictable notes to follow from the original outing, this modern retelling brings back this cult classic from the dead for one hell of a sinister twist no one will see coming. IKWYDLS certainly leaves you quite literally on the edge of your seat by the time the credits roll and although your tensions may be high - you can’t help but press “play next episode.”
Amazon Studios Will Release I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER on October 15th