Volume 92, Issue 42
Wednesday, November 18, 1998
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Last Summer lives in the past
Photo by Sidney Baldwin
WHICH IS SCARIER A MANIAC ON THE LOOSE WIELDING A FISH HOOK OR BRANDY IN A MOVIE? Jennifer Love Hewitt has a new sidekick for I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
By Terry Warne
Checklist what does I Still Know What You Did Last Summer have in common with its predecessor I Know What You Did Last Summer? Well, the hook-toting, slicker-clad villain is still filleting hapless victims.
The camera is still ogling Jennifer Love Hewitt's heaving chest at every opportunity. But unfortunately, all of the things which made the first movie a smart, crisp and chilling blockbuster are missing in action on this "been there, done that, got the t-shirt" sequel.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer sees Hewitt's character, Julie James, a year after the carnage of the previous summer. Still reeling from her experiences, Julie and her best friend Karla (played by Brandy) win an all expenses paid trip to an island in the Bahamas with guy friends Tyrell (Mekhi Phifer) and Will (Matthew Settle).
But wouldn't you know it, they arrive on the eve of hurricane season. Before you can drive a hook through somebody's skull, the quartet is trapped on the island without power, a phone or a way off.
What this film misses most is the screenwriting talents of Kevin Williamson, who wrote the original as well as both Scream movies. Basically, the "plot" in this movie is an excuse to get the hook-wielding maniac to kill a few more people, while creating an opportunity for teenagers to shell out money. Most disturbing, however, is the conclusion, which is suspiciously similar to another recent horror film.
As the first film in the series went on to earn over $125 million worldwide, the sequel was already in development a month into the cinematic release of the original. As a result, everything about this movie seems geared to cash in on the success of the initial film, as well as the recent crop of "hip" horror movies. It makes one wonder whether the movie would have fared better given a little more time and consideration from the producers.
There are some lingering questions raised by this movie. For instance, who keeps casting Brandy? She's as annoying in this movie as she is in her television show and musical attempts. As well, hasn't anyone noticed Hewitt is either saccharine or hysterical and nothing in between?
Here's another thing will someone ever realize horror fans are getting a little tired of the "killer's still alive even though he's been decapitated, impaled and run over by an 18-wheeler" routine?
One final question when will Hollywood producers stop insulting movie fans with flaccid sequels?
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