I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDanny Cannon
Produced by
Written byTrey Callaway
Based onCharacters
by Lois Duncan
Music byJohn Frizzell
CinematographyVernon Layton
Edited byPeck Prior
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • November 13, 1998 (1998-11-13)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$24 million[1]
Box office$84 million[2]

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is a 1998 American slasher film and a sequel to the 1997 film I Know What You Did Last Summer. Directed by Danny Cannon, the film was written by Trey Callaway, and features characters originally created in Lois Duncan's 1973 novel I Know What You Did Last Summer. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Muse Watson reprise their roles, with Brandy, Mekhi Phifer, Jennifer Esposito, and Matthew Settle joining the cast. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer continues after the events of the first film.

Callaway's script was published in an edited "young adult" format, leaving in all descriptions of violence but omitting the harsher language. Filming took place in Mexico and California. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer was released to negative reviews, but was a box office success, grossing $84 million worldwide. It is the second installment of I Know What You Did Last Summer series and was followed by I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer in 2006.


One year after the events of the first film, in 1998, Julie James is attending summer classes in Boston, to avoid returning to her hometown of Southport, North Carolina. She suffers from memories and nightmares of the accident and brutal murders of her friends by the vengeful fisherman, Ben Willis, from the summer before.

Julie's roommate Karla Wilson receives a phone call from a local radio station, and wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to the Bahamas for the Fourth of July weekend. Julie invites her boyfriend, Ray Bronson. He declines, but later changes his mind and plans to show up as a surprise and propose.

That evening, Ray and his co-worker Dave drive to Boston to meet Julie. They stop due to a BMW and body in the middle of the road. Ray discovers that the body is a mannequin dressed in fisherman's clothing. Suddenly, Ben Willis appears and kills Dave with his hook. Ben takes Ray's truck and chases him down the road. Ray gets away, but he is injured from falling down a hill.

The next morning, Julie and Karla depart on the trip with Karla’s boyfriend Tyrell and their friend, Will Benson. The group arrives at the hotel in Tower Bay, only to find that other guests are leaving due to the imminent hurricane season. To her surprise, Julie is sharing a hotel room with Will. That evening at the hotel’s bar, Julie is talked into singing karaoke. She stops when the words “I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER” roll onto the screen. Terrified, she runs back to her room and is met by Will, who laid out flowers and a love note for her. Julie sidesteps Will's affection for her, while Tyrell and Karla (and later Will) get into the hot tub.

Julie notices that her toothbrush is missing. She searches the room and finds the dockhand Darick hanging dead in the closet. She finds Tyrell, Karla, and Will, but when they return there is no sign of Darick's body. The hotel manager refuses to believe her story and Julie tries to call the police, but the phone lines are dead due to the incoming hurricane. Ben arrives at the hotel and kills the employees.

The following day, the group finds that the hotel staff and the manager have been murdered, and the two-way radio, their only way of contact, has been destroyed. Isolated, Julie tells the others about the previous summer. Tyrell suspects that Estes, the boat hand porter, is the killer, since he is the only one who cannot be found. The group goes to Estes’ apartment, searching for clues. They find Julie’s toothbrush and Karla's hair tie, concluding Estes has been using voodoo against them. Estes appears explaining he was in fact trying to protect them after realizing something was wrong because he knew the answer they gave to the radio competition was actually the wrong answer and they never should have won. He leads them to a graveyard in the forest with the graves of Ben's wife and daughter, and an empty grave and tombstone with Julie’s name. Estes explains that Ben and his wife Sarah had two children: son Will and daughter Susie. Ben murdered Sarah in the hotel room that Julie is staying in when he found out about her affair and her plans to leave him with their children.

Estes goes missing, and Will volunteers to find him. Julie, Karla, and Tyrell return to the hotel and gather supplies to defend themselves. They head to the hotel kitchen for something to eat, and find Nancy, the bartender, hiding in the freezer. Will finds Estes, but he attacks Will while Ray takes a boat to the island. Ben appears and stabs Tyrell in the throat with his hook, killing him. The girls retreat to the attic, where Karla is attacked by Ben. They both fall through to the hotel bedroom below. Karla runs from the room and jumps onto the greenhouse. Julie and Nancy rescue Karla and run to the storm cellar to take refuge. They find that the storm cellar stores Ben's victims. Will bursts in and convinces the girls to head back to the hotel, stating that he saw Ben on the beach.

Back at the hotel, Julie sees Will is bleeding from his stomach, so Nancy takes Karla to find a first aid kit. Nancy and Karla find Estes has been impaled with a harpoon. Ben appears and kills Nancy. Back in the lobby, Julie is tending to Will, unable to find a wound. Will admits this is because it is not his blood. He asks Julie what her favorite radio station is, revealing he was the radio host and killed Estes. Will drags Julie to the graveyard, and tells her he is Ben's son. Ben appears and attacks Julie. Ray arrives, and a fight ensues between him and Will. When Ben tries to stab Ray, he accidentally kills Will instead. While Ben is distraught from killing his son, Julie takes a gun and shoots him in the chest. Ben falls dead into the grave made for Julie. Back at the hotel, Karla is found alive. The three are rescued by the coast guard.

Sometime later, Ray and Julie have married and are in their new home. Ray is brushing his teeth before bed and Julie is in their bedroom. The bathroom door is quietly shut and locked while Ray is occupied. Julie sits down on her bed, looks in the mirror, and sees Ben under the bed. She screams as Ben grabs her feet with his hook and hand and pulls her under leaving her fate unknown.



While the film is set in The Bahamas, it was actually shot at El Tecuan Marina Resort Costalagree, in Jalisco, Mexico; Los Angeles, California; and Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.


Box office[edit]

The sequel made a gross $16.5 million at 2,443 theaters during its opening weekend. Unlike the original, the sequel opened at number two at the box office and dropped to number five only a week later. At the end of its fifteen-week run, the film grossed $40,020,622 in the United States. It grossed $44 million internationally, bringing the total worldwide gross to $84 million.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received highly negative reviews, and although Brandy’s performance was praised, the film has an approval rating of 7% and an average rating of 3.3/10 on Rotten Tomatoes out of 56 total reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "Boring, predictable, and bereft of thrills or chills, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is exactly the kind of rehash that gives horror sequels a bad name."[3] It also has a 21 score on Metacritic compared to 52 for the original. The highest review score on Metacritic was 60 which came from Variety, who said "Purists will find the pic's obviousness disappointing, but there's no question that the film delivers a sufficient shock quotient to satisfy its youthful target audience". The film, much like the original, has obtained a "cult following".

Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.[4]


I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (Music From The Motion Picture)
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer - Music From The Motion Picture.jpg
Soundtrack album (Digital download)/Audio CD by
ReleasedNovember 17, 1998
LabelWarner Bros. Records
  1. "Sugar Is Sweeter" (CJ Bolland; Danny Saber remix featuring Justin Warfield) – 4:57
  2. "How Do I Deal" (Jennifer Love Hewitt) – 3:23
  3. "Relax" (Deetah) – 3:51
  4. "Hey Now Now" (Swirl 360) – 4:37
  5. "Blue Monday" (Orgy) – 4:32
  6. "Polite" (Bijou Phillips) – 4:25
  7. "Try to Say Goodbye" (Jory Eve) – 3:35
  8. "Testimony" (Grant Lee Buffalo) – 3:59
  9. "(Do You) Wanna Ride" (Reel Tight) – 3:33
  10. "Getting Scared" (Imogen Heap) – 4:51
  11. "Górecki" (Lamb) – 6:22
  12. "Julie's Theme" (John Frizzell) – 2:52

The soundtrack was released on November 17, 1998 by Warner Bros. Records. On January 19, 1999, "How Do I Deal" was released a single, backed by Jory Eve's "Try to Say Goodbye". A music video for "How Do I Deal" was made available to music television networks.

  • The song "Eden", by Belgian rock/pop group Hooverphonic, was also featured in the film, but did not appear on the final soundtrack. The song appeared early in the film, when Julie looked at the picture of Helen beside her bed.

Stand-alone sequel[edit]

On August 15, 2006, a straight-to-DVD sequel titled I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer was released. The film is unrelated to the two previous films, and features no returning cast members. It was originally proposed to continue where I Still Know What You Did Last Summer left off. Instead, the film features an unrelated plot with a brief mention of the first two films.


  1. ^ http://www.mbc.net/en/mbc2/articles/I-Still-Know-What-You-Did-Last-Summer.html
  2. ^ a b "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer". imdb. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  3. ^ "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com.

External links[edit]