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(1998) (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brandy) (R)

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Horror: A college student and several friends try to avoid a deranged killer whose deadly signature weapon is his hooked hand.
One year after avoiding a deranged killer who stalked her and her friends, Julie James (JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT) has left her hometown for the safer confines of an out of state college. Even so, the horror of those attacks that killed her friends has left her scared, paranoid, and guilt-ridden.

Haunted by visions of the homicidal fisherman, Ben Willis (MUSE WATSON), and troubled by doubts about whether he's really dead, Julie has nightmares in class and her relationship with boyfriend Ray Bronson (FREDDIE PRINZE, JR.), who also survived the attacks, has faltered.

Thus, the timing couldn't be better when Julie's new roommate and best friend, Karla Wilson (BRANDY), wins an all-expense-paid trip to the Bahamas for the 4th of July weekend. Knowing that Julie needs a diversion, Karla invites her, classmate Will Benson (MATTHEW SETTLE), whom she hopes to fix up with Julie, and her own boyfriend, Tyrell Martin (MEKHI PHIFER), to accompany her.

Arriving at their tropical destination and checking in at their hotel, they learn from the manager, Mr. Brooks (JEFFREY COMBS), that it's the beginning of hurricane season. Even so, and after meeting the scant staff consisting of bellman Estes (BILL COBBS), cabana boy Titus (JACK BLACK), and Nancy (JENNIFER ESPOSITO) the bartender, the foursome tries to unwind and enjoy themselves.

Unfortunately, as the season's first hurricane chases away most of the tourists, good old Ben Willis simultaneously appears. With Ray headed in their direction to save the day, the foursome must contend with the new murders and repeated messages of "I still know what you did last summer."

If they liked the original film, or horror movies overall, they probably will.
For intense terror violence and gore, strong language and some drug use.
  • JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT plays the college student tormented by thoughts of, and the return of, the killer.
  • BRANDY plays her college roommate and friend who hopes to help her with those problems, but then ends up having to stave off the killer's attacks as well. Before then, she does share a hotel room with her boyfriend, although presumably nothing happens.
  • MEKHI PHIFER plays that boyfriend who is desperate for something to happen between them.
  • FREDDIE PRINZE, JR. plays Julie's boyfriend who steals a boat at gunpoint, but does so to save Julie and the others.
  • MUSE WATSON plays the deranged killer.


    OUR TAKE: 1 out of 10
    Attention, Hollywood. We at Screen It have come up with the perfect homicidal villain for a new horror film franchise. Like Jason, Freddy and yes, even Chucky, this character inspires fear among his victims, can't be stopped, and just keeps going and going and going.

    He has a signature weapon -- a drum -- that he incessantly beats until he's driven his victims crazy. Finally, like many horror villains -- including the one from this week's film -- he has no personality or discernable traits beyond what he does best. He is...the Energizer Bunny.

    While some teenage horror film afficionados may be offended by, or not see the sarcasm in that, I'd hope by now they'd recognize that films such as "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" and its central bogeyman, Ben Willis -- the lamest and most inane horror villain to come along in decades -- aren't that scary.

    Afflicted with the same curse that's plagued other horror films that have anything equal to or greater than the Roman numeral II in their title, this supposed cat and mouse thriller isn't remotely scary or very exciting. Since we already know the killer's identity, there's little suspense other than trying to guess which dimwitted character will next buy the farm.

    Sure, there's the standard scary music, some scenes intended to make you jump from your seat, and the killer's slow pursuit and the gruesome murdering of his victims via his Captain Hook appendage. Even so, except for the very young or the faint-hearted, most viewers will find this latest trip to Stupidville a complete and fright-free bore.

    One can only hope that in some future horror film the villain (perhaps our Bunny) will kill off those inhabitants -- you know, the ones you walk around in the dark, splinter into smaller groups to make the killer's job easier, and run down the middle of the road while being chased by vehicles, etc... -- thus preventing moviegoers from ever being subjected to such cinematic torture again.

    The plot, written by newcomer Trey Callaway, sorely lacks the somewhat witty spark provided by "horror-meister" Kevin Williamson -- who wisely declined to participate in this film -- and takes an awfully long time to get around to the main attraction. Once there, it simply follows the same old recycled plan of having a deranged individual chasing and killing people. It makes you wonder what Jamie Lee Curtis is up to (oh yeah, she recently appeared in the equally bad "Halloween: H20").

    The performances are standard fare for films such as this. Jennifer Love Hewitt ("Can't Hardly Wait" and TV's "Party of Five") returns from the original to look frightened, scream some more, and wear her trademark, ultra skintight tank tops (to show off her busty figure and lure in the teenage boys).

    Brandy (TV's "Moesha" and the TV movie, "Cinderella"), who makes her feature film debut with this picture, is decent, but since her character is so shallowly written, one can't tell if she's got what it takes to make it on the silver screen.

    Freddie Prinze, Jr. ("To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday," "The House of Yes") also returns from the original, but is relegated to supporting character status, while Mekhi Phifer ("Soul Food," "Clockers") does his best to jazz up his stereotypical, college-aged character.

    As far as the villain goes, Muse Watson ("Sommersby," "Rosewood") is mildly menacing once he comes out from under his fisherman's slicker, but for the most part he seems like nothing more than the deranged offspring of Captain Hook and the Gorton's fisherman.

    Director Danny Cannon, who also helmed the awful "Judge Dredd," tries to scare up some frightening scenes, but doesn't do much more than recycle some old, tired, and decidedly stereotypical clichés lifted from other "slasher" horror films.

    In particular, he and Callaway miss the best opportunity to be somewhat unique and play with the moviegoer as they completely drop the ball regarding Julie's paranoid delusions and hallucinations. Instead of keeping the audience guessing about whether what Julie experiences is real or imagined, the film jettisons that element too abruptly.

    By losing the "is it real or not" potential, the film is therefore forever doomed to becoming just another run-of-the-mill, poorly made and unimaginative slasher film. Although Hewitt and Brandy give the picture some star power, they clearly can't save this otherwise lame, and mostly fright-free fiasco.

    Finally, to add insult to injury, even the title isn't correct. Since the original pivotal moment took place two years before this story begins, the title should be "I Still Know What You Did Two Summers Ago" or, better yet, "I Still Know The Critics Are Going To Hate This." Guess what? They're right. We give this film a 1 out of 10.

    Much like the original release (or any other stereotypical slasher film), there's plenty of homicidal mayhem present, and many people are killed with predictably bloody results. Accordingly, some viewers, especially the young or faint-hearted, may find the proceedings as scary or suspenseful.

    Profanity is extreme with more than 30 "f" words and an assortment of others, and some brief drug use occurs as a cabana boy smokes some joints. Beyond a couple wanting to spend some time alone and Jennifer Love Hewitt walking around in a skintight tank-top (and occasionally showing her ample cleavage), the "sex/nudity" category is surprisingly rather tame.

    Since teenagers will probably want to see this film, you may want to take a closer look at the content if you're still concerned about the film's appropriateness.

    Of special note for those concerned with repetitive flashing of lights, a great deal of that occurs in a scene set in a bar/nightclub where a strobe effect goes on for a minute or so.

  • People have drinks in a club/bar.
  • People have drinks at the resort.
  • Titus indicates to Julie and her group that he's got some "weed" (marijuana) if they want some. Later, we see his cannabis plants, him smoking several joints, and he also gets out his bong, but doesn't get the chance to use it.
  • The college foursome has drinks in an empty bar.
  • The captain of a boat holds a bottle of liquor.
  • Ray's got some bruises and cuts after being run off the road and ending up in the hospital.
  • Blood splatters onto the side of a dock when Willis kills a dock worker.
  • A housekeeper looks down and sees that her hands are bloody. Moments later, she's killed and we see a hook go into her body (with more blood).
  • Julie sees some blood dripping onto the floor of her closet and then sees a very bloody, dead man.
  • The killer hooks a man through his hand and we see a lot of blood around it.
  • Karla finds a dead body in an industrial dryer, while Tyrell and Will find Titus' bloody body.
  • We see a dead man with a knife in his head and blood all around him and the words "I still know" written on the wall in blood.
  • The killer drives his hook through a person's neck (graphically shown) and blood spills out.
  • We see another shot of all of the dead and bloody victims.
  • Blood spills out of a victim's mouth and stomach.
  • We see other bloody people after they've been attacked or defeated.
  • Obviously, those responsible for killing people have both.
  • For those concerned with the occult, there are some brief bits of that from bellman Estes.
  • Julie has some toward Ray, but most of that's caused by her troubled state of mind.
  • Depending on one's age and tolerance for such material, the following may be very, a little, or not at all scary or suspenseful to viewers.
  • The murder scenes listed under "Violence" may also be tense to some viewers.
  • Julie wakes up, hears somebody in her college house, grabs a knife, and slowly makes her way through the dark house looking for the source of the noise.
  • A friend of Ray's gets nervous when he goes to investigate what appears to be a body on the street near a wrecked car. The killer then kills that friend and chases after Ray in a truck.
  • As Julie goes to open an envelope addressed to her, we see someone coming up behind her.
  • A dock worker hears some weird sounds, ends up falling into the water, and then has an encounter with the killer.
  • The killer comes up behind a housekeeper and kills her.
  • While showering, Julie hears a sound and gets out to locate its source.
  • The killer approaches Julie who's lying in a tanning bed and then ties down the lid so that she can't get out.
  • The entire ending sequence that lasts for many minutes and involves the killer chasing after the group, nearly getting some of them (close calls on a ladder, in an attic, behind a locked door, etc...), and killing others, may be tense to some viewers.
  • Handgun/Hook/Knives: Used to threaten, wound, or kill people. See "Violence" for details.
  • Phrases: "Horny" (sexual), "Bitching," "Big ass," "Kick ass," "Shut up," "Idiot," "Bastard," "Crazy bitch" and "Freak."
  • Ray hocks a ring at a pawnshop in exchange for a gun.
  • The killer crashes through a confessional toward Julie.
  • Accompanied by a jolt of music, a person suddenly darts behind Julie.
  • A dog suddenly surprises Tyrell.
  • A rat suddenly surprises the group.
  • A person suddenly grabs Julie.
  • An extreme amount of suspenseful and scary music occurs during the film.
  • None.
  • Due to bad audio reproduction (where the dialogue was very soft), the following should be considered a minimum.
  • At least 32 "f" words (3 used with "mother"), 27 "s" words, what sounded like one slang term for male genitals ("d*ck"), 11 asses (4 used with "hole"), 8 damns, 7 hells, and 7 uses of "Oh my God," 6 of "God," 5 of "G-damn," 3 each of "Jesus" and "Swear to God" and 2 uses of "Jesus Christ" as exclamations.
  • Ray mouths the words "f*ck off" to another person.
  • Julie's often seen in her tightfitting tank top that occasionally shows some cleavage, Karla shows some cleavage in her outfits and bathing suit, and Julie shows the same in her skimpy bikini (after the camera slowly pans down her body).
  • Julie hears some squealing and bed squeaking sounds coming from next door, but it turns out to be Karla jumping up and down on the bed. Nonetheless, she and Tyrell are sharing the honeymoon suite at the resort (nothing ever happens, although he wants it to -- and comments that he's "horny" -- and she makes a comment about wearing her new bikini just long enough so that he can then take it off her).
  • A few minor characters smoke.
  • None.
  • Why people in horror movies are always so stupid.
  • The killer hooks a friend of Ray's in the face and kills him.
  • Nancy makes a comment (whether true or not) about shooting some guy in the past.
  • Willis kills a dock worker, and then a housekeeper.
  • The killer drives his hook through a man's hand, impaling it on a table. He then drives some garden shears into this man's chest, killing him.
  • We see another person who's been killed.
  • Ray aims his gun at the captain of a boat that he needs to take to save Julie.
  • A man hits another man with an oar.
  • Nancy hits Tyrell with a rolling pin (thinking he's the killer).
  • The killer drives his hook through a person's neck, killing them.
  • Willis stabs and kills a person who falls on top of another person. The killer then drives the stake/pole through the dead body into the person underneath, killing them as well.
  • Julie slices a person on their arm with a knife. This person then punches Julie in the gut.
  • Two men get into a fight and exchange punches. One finally takes control and repeatedly kicks and punches the other.
  • A person is accidentally hooked and killed.
  • A person is shot several times and presumably killed.

  • Reviewed November 9, 1998

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