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Festivale online magazine, December, 1997; movie reviews

I know what you did last summer

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There has almost always been a tradition of "teen movies" -- something for the teenagers to go and see in between clinches.

In the fifties and sixties they were beach party movies, lots of excuses for big haired boys and bikini clad girls to burst into song and chiropractically-incorrect dance.

Contemporary teen films are filled with gratuitous sensation -- sensation without meaning and without point, and worse, often without consequences. The history of the Horror film has included a tendency to create films that will send the females in the audience, horrified, into the arms of their escorts. For that reason, as well as pandering to the tender male ego, horror films have emphasised the female-as-victim theme.

This film has a strange mixture of elements. A group of teenagers, acting irresponsibly, kill someone. Later the consequences reach them as one by one they are stalked in ways that are tailored to each person's character. True to the genre of teen horror, the females in this film appear to be cinched in, and their boobs cantilevered up and out of their costumes.

Despite it's attempt at using horror to capture the audience's attention, it's a pretty limp story all up.

. For a more thoughtful horror film, try Nomads .

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Title: I Know What you Did Last Summer (1997)
Written by: Lois Duncan (novel) Kevin Williamson (screenplay)
Directed by: Jim Gillespie
Running time: 100 mins
Rating: MA

The Players: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., Anne Heche, Johnny Galecki
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