I Know Who Killed Me

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I Know Who Killed Me
Who killed me post.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Chris Sivertson
Produced by Frank Mancuso, Jr.
David Grace
Written by Jeff Hammond
Starring Lindsay Lohan
Julia Ormond
Neal McDonough
Brian Geraghty
Garcelle Beauvais
Music by Joel McNeely
Cinematography John R. Leonetti
Edited by Lawrence Jordan
Production
  company
360 Pictures
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s)
  • July 27, 2007 (2007-07-27)
Running time 105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million
Box office $9,669,758

I Know Who Killed Me is a 2007 American horror-thriller film directed by Chris Sivertson and starring Lindsay Lohan. It is the second movie in which Lohan plays twins, the first being 1998's The Parent Trap.

The film's story revolves around a student who was abducted and tortured by a sadistic serial killer. She manages to make it out alive but after she regains consciousness in the hospital she insists that her identity is that of another woman.

The film was released on July 27, 2007 to extremely negative reviews.[1] It was nominated for nine Golden Raspberry Awards and "won" eight, setting a new record for most awards "won" in a single year[2] until Jack and Jill (also a film in which the lead actor plays twins) won ten in 2012. Lohan tied with herself to win Worst Actress and also won Worst Screen Couple for both characters she portrayed.

Plot[edit]

The quiet suburb of New Salem is being terrorized by a serial killer who abducts and tortures young women, holding them captive for weeks before murdering them. Aubrey Fleming (Lindsay Lohan), a pianist and aspiring writer, appears to be his latest victim when she disappears during a night out with her friends. She is later seen bound and gagged on an operating table as her hands are exposed to dry ice. As the days tick by, the special FBI Task Force convened to track the killer begins to lose hope of finding her before it's too late.

Late one night, a driver discovers a young woman by the side of a deserted road, disheveled and critically injured. The girl is rushed to the hospital, where Aubrey’s distraught parents, Susan (Julia Ormond) and Daniel (Neal McDonough), wait by her side as she slips in and out of consciousness. When she is finally able to speak, she shocks everyone by claiming to be a down-on-her luck stripper named Dakota Moss, who has never heard of Aubrey Fleming. Convinced Aubrey is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, her doctors, parents, and law enforcement officials can only wait for rest and therapy to restore her memory. But after returning to her parents’ suburban home, she continues to insist she is not who they think she is, despite bearing bizarre wounds identical to those of the serial killer's previous victims, which include her hand and half of her leg cut off.

The FBI agents are further mystified when they search Aubrey’s laptop and discover a short story about a girl with an alter ego named Dakota. When Dakota begins to suspect she may be Aubrey's identical twin sister, Susan shows her a video of her pregnancy ultrasound clearly revealing there was only one fetus in her womb. Confused and terrified, Dakota starts seeing visions of a menacing figure slowly butchering his captive. Convinced time is running out both for Aubrey and herself, Dakota confronts Daniel with a shocking truth that leads them on a frantic hunt for the killer.

Aubrey and Dakota are indeed twins, born to Virginia Sue Moss, a crack addict. Moss gave birth to them the same time the Flemings had their own child, who died in the incubator. Daniel Fleming quietly raises one as his own daughter, paying Virginia over the years by mail. Dakota finds the envelopes and attempts to find her sister, when she suffers sympathetic resonance from her twin's wounds, and is found by the highway. It turns out the two are stigmatic twins, with a psychic connection that lets them share pain, communicate, and even share experiences, which explains some of Aubrey's stories.

After investigating the grave of Aubrey's recently murdered friend, Jennifer Toland (Stacy Lynn Gabel), Dakota finds a blue ribbon from a piano competition, with a message from Jennifer's (and Aubrey's) piano teacher, Douglas Norquist (Thomas Tofel). Dakota realizes Norquist murdered Jennifer and abducted Aubrey after they expressed intentions to quit their piano lessons, taking off their fingers, arm, and a leg in a twisted act of retribution. Dakota and Daniel confront Norquist, and Daniel dies in the process, but Dakota cuts off Norquist's hand and delivers a fatal blow to his neck. She then finds Aubrey where Norquist buried her alive and frees her. The movie ends with Aubrey and Dakota lying together on the ground, looking out into the night.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming dates took place between December 2006 and March 2007. Principal photography was mostly held in California.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed $9 million worldwide on a $12 million budget.Making it a Box office slump.

Critical reception[edit]

The film was not screened in advance for critics. I Know Who Killed Me has received extremely negative reviews from critics.[1] Rotten Tomatoes shows a 6% approval rating from critics based on 70 reviews with the consensus: "Distasteful and ludicrously plotted, I Know Who Killed Me is a career nadir for all involved -- particularly Lindsay Lohan in a dual role".[3] It currently holds a 16% rating on Metacritic, which indicates "Overwhelming dislike". Richard Roeper ranked it number one on his "Worst movies of 2007" list; a few years later, Roeper named it the worst film of the 2000s. The film received nine Razzie nominations, the most of any film that year. It won eight, including two awards for Worst Actress (Lindsay Lohan playing twins), Worst Picture, Worst Director (Chris Sivertson), Worst Screenplay (Jeff Hammond), Worst Screen Couple (Lohan and Lohan), Worst Remake or Rip-off (rip-off of Hostel, Saw and The Patty Duke Show) and a special category, Worst Excuse for a Horror Film.[4] The only award it lost was Worst Supporting Actress (Julia Ormond), who lost to Eddie Murphy for his role in drag in Norbit. The movie set a record for the most Razzie wins in a single year, previously beating the tie held by Battlefield Earth and Showgirls with seven wins each, though Battlefield Earth has surpassed eight awards with wins in subsequent years.[5] The record for most wins in a single year was broken in 2012 when Jack and Jill won ten awards.

Despite this the film did garner some positive reviews. Fangoria praises the film's imaginative use of color, saying "[T]he director and his visual team bathe the film in deep blues and reds, a welcome departure from the dirty green, sodium-lit palette of similarly themed horror fare, and the end result is simply a beautiful, eye-popping visual treat, so stylized that one can't help recalling Argento's approach to Suspiria."[6] The Radio Times also alluded to the director "recalling the style of Dario Argento" in a "twisty, perversely fascinating psycho thriller."[7] The horror-movie website BloodyDisgusting.com gave the film a glowing review and suggested that, "Lohan's continual issues with drugs/alcohol/DUI’s/rehab/on-set bitchiness" were part of a "whirlwind of media frenzy" that was unnecessary and "irrelevant to the movie". The film itself was "a more-than-pleasant surprise, well-filmed, well-acted, especially by Lohan herself, and a surprisingly intriguing and gruesome little thriller."[8] Boston Globe critic Ty Burr compared the film favorably to Brian de Palma's Sisters and Body Double, as well as the works of David Lynch.[9]

Home media[edit]

The DVD and Blu-ray versions were released on November 27, 2007. The art cover of the DVD shows Lohan, in blue, pole-dancing, with the faces of her alter egos Aubrey Fleming and Dakota Moss on either side.[10][11] Among the extras are alternate opening and ending scenes with the latter showing that the entire plot was actually written by Aubrey. However, test audiences thought this ending was too predictable, so it was cut from the film. Other extras include an extended version of Lohan's strip dance at the club and bloopers. By January, the DVD had grossed $11.99 million.[12] The Region 2 DVD was released January 28, 2008 with different cover art showing a close-up of Lohan, in red, doing her pole-dance at the strip club.[13]

Soundtrack[edit]

I Know Who Killed Me
Film score by Joel McNeely
Released July 31, 2007
Recorded 2007
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 1:35:09
Label Varèse Sarabande
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[14]

The score for I Know Who Killed Me, composed by Joel McNeely, was released on July 24, 2007.[14] Despite the film's critical and commercial failure, the score itself (which had drawn comparisons to the television mystery scores by Billy Goldenberg) received almost unanimously positive reviews from film music critics, with James Southall of Movie Wave calling it an "unexpectedly classy score seems to go beyond the call of duty"[15] and Clark Douglas of Movie Music UK rating it 5 stars and calling it "one of the year's best scores, a must-have for those who are willing to take a trip into a deep, dark, and sometimes terrifying musical world".[16]

The score was subsequently nominated as Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film by the International Film Music Critics Association.[17]

  1. "Prelude for a Madman"
  2. "Duality"
  3. "Fairytale Theme"
  4. "A Daughter Is Dead"
  5. "End of Innocence/Aubrey Is Gone"
  6. "A Mother's Grief"
  7. "Search for Aubrey"
  8. "The Bus Stop"
  9. "Spontaneous Bleed"
  10. "Going Home"
  11. "Jennifer's Room"
  12. "Some People Get Cut"
  13. "Investigating Stigmata"
  14. "The Mirror"
  15. "The Graveyard"
  16. "I Know Who Killed Me"
  17. "The House"
  18. "Dad Dies"
  19. "Death of Norquist"
  20. "Prelude/Reunited"
  21. "Valse Brillante, Op. 34, No. 2 in A Minor"

Unreleased tracks[edit]

The following songs appeared in the movie, but didn't appear on the soundtrack:

Awards and nominations[edit]

At the 28th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony, the film won eight awards from nine nominations, was the big winner of the evening, receiving eight awards for a new Razzie record.

Year Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2008 28th Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Picture Won
Worst Actress (as Aubrey Fleming) Lindsay Lohan
Worst Actress (as Dakota Moss)
Worst Screen Couple
Worst Remake or Rip-off (of Hostel, Saw and The Patty Duke Show)
Worst Director Chris Sivertson
Worst Screenplay Jeff Hammond
Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie
Worst Supporting Actress Julia Ormond Nominated
2010 30th Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actress of the Decade (also for Herbie: Fully Loaded and Just My Luck) Lindsay Lohan
Worst Picture of the Decade

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sanford, James (July 27, 2007). "How bad is Lohan's latest? You don't want to 'Know'". Mlive.com. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Leopold, Todd (February 23, 2008). "Lohan's 'Killed Me' sets worst-film record - CNN.com". CNN. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ "I Know Who Killed Me". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Razzies© 2007 Nominees". Razzies.com. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  5. ^ "28th Annual Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Award "Winners"". Razzies.com. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  6. ^ Decker, Sean (December 22, 2007). "I Know Who Killed Me". Fangoria. Archived from the original on 2007-12-22. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ ""I Know Who Killed Me" Movie Info, Review, Headlines, Gallery". Bloody Disgusting. 2007-07-27. Archived from the original on 2008-08-30. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  9. ^ "Talk Movies with Ty Burr". The Boston Globe. 2007-08-14. 
  10. ^ "I Know Who Killed Me [Blu-ray]". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ "I Know Who Killed Me [DVD]]". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ "I Know Who Killed Me (2007) - DVD / Home Video Rentals". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  13. ^ "I Know Who Killed Me". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  14. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. I Know Who Killed Me at AllMusic
  15. ^ Southall, James. "McNeely: I Know Who Killed Me". movie-wave.net. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  16. ^ Douglas, Chris (July 27, 2007). "I Know Who Killed Me - Joel McNeely". Movie Music UK. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  17. ^ "2007 IFMCA Awards". filmmusiccritics.org. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Basic Instinct 2
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
28th Golden Raspberry Awards
Succeeded by
The Love Guru