‘I Still Know What You Did Last Summer‘ is a slasher sequel flick directed by Danny Cannon and written by Trey Callaway. Made on a larger budget, it was once again made by Mandalay Entertainment.
One year after the events of the first film, Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is now a college student, but suffers from nightmares from her ordeal with Ben Willis (Muse Watson), pushing her further away from her boyfriend Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr.). Her roommate Karla Brandy Rayana Norwood) wins a trip to the Bahamas and after Ray declines to go, she invites her boyfriend Tyrell (Mekhi Phifer) and their fellow college student Will (Matthew Settle), whom Karla wants to hook up with Julie. When they arrive, they meet the odd hotel manager Mr. Brooks (Jeffrey Combs), bartender Nancy (Jennifer Esposito), porter Estes (Bill Cobbs), stoner janitor Titus (Jack Black), and dockhand Derick (Benjamin Brown). They discover that they are the only ones at the hotel as a storm is approaching. Despite the circumstances, they decide to stay. Meanwhile, Ray is attacked by Ben who then heads to the Bahamas to exact his bloody revenge on Julie.
I will give them credit. The higher budget yielded some higher production values. The setting, cinematography, and overall quality are slightly better than in the first film.
That is where the improvements end. While the acting is decent, you felt the lack of Sarah Michelle Gellar. Her absence created a hole in the story and you could feel it. It is not a slight on Jennifer Love Hewitt, but without that friend to bounce off on, it just felt off. Like I said, the acting is competent, but I did not feel the same chemistry that was there with the cast from its predecessor.
The first movie relied less on gore and focused more on jump scares, shadows, and tension to create its thrills. This one ramps up the gore, putting it in the slasher category, but it did not help it feel scarier. In fact, I do not remember ever even jumping at a scare.
Also, Julie clearly suffers from trauma from having her best friends and other loved ones brutally killed in front of her. Yet, none of the characters treat her with any compassion, even Ray. They were all incredibly insensitive to her, and granted, not all of them know the full story, but know enough to not act like total jerks the whole time.
Bottom line, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is inferior to its predecessor despite its higher production values. It felt more like a cash grab at an exotic location than a true sequel.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong gory violence, Drug content, Sexual content
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