I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror / Thriller
Sony || R - 100 minutes - $28.95 || July 14, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-06-30


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Danny Cannon
Writer(s): Trey Callaway (written by)
Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Brandy, Mekhi Phifer


Theatrical Release Date: November 13, 1998


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette
  • Music Video
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Thai

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.::THE FILM::.

The fisherman with a mean left hook is back and waiting to wreak havoc on poor Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt). One year after the events in Croaker County, when Julie and her departed friends ran over Ben Willis (Muse Watson), Julie is still having nightmares even in the middle of class. She likes to lock herself away from it all but when her best friend Karla (Brandy) wins a free trip to the Bahamas, she convinces Julie to come along, it’s just the break from the chaos she desperately needs. Along for the trip is Karla’s boyfriend, Tyrell (Mekhi Phifer) and Will (Matthew Settle), in place of Julie’s boyfriend, Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr.) who for some reason did not want to spend the fourth of July weekend with her in the friggin BAHAMAS! What a puss.

When they get on the (desolate) island resort, they discover that the off season is about to begin when the resort is conveniently deserted with a skeleton crew with a rude manager and a drug dealing, pothead pool man (played by a then unknown Jack Black). When the storm erupts and the phones cut out, the real party begins for the four friends and the body count begins to rise and it becomes more evident that Ben Willis is back for Julie!

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, even by needless sequel standards, is primarily filled with the normal (and lame) jump scares followed by many ho-hum death scenes at the point of the fisherman’s hook. I don’t behoove studios for wanting to make money on a franchise, that’s all well and good, but please at least make these sequels somewhat entertaining rather than a lazy mix of writing and acting. In the case of I Still Know..., it’s not even a so bad it’s good case, just plain bad and that’s saying something from a Jennifer Love Hewitt fan.

The problem I had with the movie, even when I first saw it several years ago, was there’s absolutely nothing original about it. Yes, I know it’s a horror movie and rarely do they break new ground, and although this was basically Scream-lite, the movie should’ve offered a better story than the contrived mess with an even more ridiculous twist that stretches the logic even further.

If you liked I Know What You Did Last Summer then stick with that movie and leave this on the sidelines, even if J. Love looks hot as she screams for Ben Willis to come and get her in the pouring rain wearing a stylish white – and soaked – tank top. “...COME AND GET ME! I’M RIGHT HERE!!!” Thank goodness she found a place on the addictive “Ghost Whisperer” and left this series in the past.

Interestingly, the movie was directed by future long-time “CSI” producer/director Danny Cannon, someone who has turned into a capable TV series director, and in fact, with what he was given with this drivel, he didn’t do a bad job. There are only so many ways to do a false scare after all.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The only features is a simple “Making-Of” Featurette (5:39), Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Music Video (3:30) and the theatrical trailer (2:07). Oh, and there’s also a BD-Live portal. Yay.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is presented with a 2.40 original aspect ratio and now in 1080p high-definition on a single 25GB disc. Although the video is probably a notch above the DVD release and it looks to be clean of dust and scratches, it never came across as a great looking movie. It’s not the fault of the Blu-ray disc, but it probably wasn’t that good before. Some close-up shots of faces were full of detail while wider shots were a tad fuzzier by comparison.

Sony offers a lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track that’s serviceable but nothing that will blow your sound system away. The front speakers got most of the use with dialogue and sound effects while the rear pair was primarily used for ambient noise such as rain or the music score.



.::OVERALL::.

There were plenty of horror movies that sprung up from the success of Scream and while the original wasn’t bad, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, other than being an annoyingly long title, is just a forgettable movie with an illogical plot and a lazy screenplay. I like Jennifer Love Hewitt, always have and always will, but this was a misstep that was solely made to capitalize on the original’s success, any semblance of a rich horror story be damned.

This Blu-ray is just more filler material that I’m sure will be in a bargain shelf with average video and picture and just a basic port of all the features. So even if you are somehow a fan of this sequel, skip it and just hold on to your DVD.