I Know What You Did Last Summer: Amazon Update For The Riverdale Generation
REVIEW: It was THE star-studded slasher movie of 1997.
The movie that brought Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr. together and put them all in jeopardy as Scream Scribe Kevin Williamson twisted the knife on their characters’ guilt by covering up a fatal car crash.
But at the same time I know what you did last summer was a smashing box office success and spawning a sequel, it removed nuance and advantage from its source material, the 1973 Lois Duncan novel, replacing it with a sporty hook-and-hook serial killer and at the South West.
Now, a new eight-part TV series (now airing on Amazon Prime Video) aims to get closer to the book, while also updating it for another generation. It’s still the fallout from a graduation night indiscretion, but there’s a snap, crackle, and pop to the version of newbie screenwriter Sara Goodman that should guarantee this series’ frenzy status.
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In his heart, this Summer is the story of two disparate sisters – Lennon and Alison (both cleverly played with sufficient differences by Jumanji: the next level star Madison Iseman).
While Lennon is a wild child, more than happy to get what she wants by any means necessary, Alison is much more conventional and cautious, fearing the consequences of any action that could be seen as risky.
As the final days of their Hawaiian high school education unfold, they face very different futures. Alison heads to the University of Michigan, while Lennon is sure she will find something to occupy her.
But on what could be their last night together, their sometimes confrontational relationship threatens to spill over. While urging Alison to let go “for a night” and finally to tell her long-term crush Dylan (Ezekiel Goodman) how she really feels, Lennon lets slip that she actually slept with him, putting Alison in a rage.
After the couple resolve their differences with growing hostility, the whole party ends early when police arrive, suspecting that there may be illegal substances. However, as a five-person car was fleeing, they accidentally hit something on the coastal road. And while they’re initially convinced it’s a goat, it turns out to be wishful thinking.
Worried about how the incident might affect their future, the quintet decides to dispose of the body and make a pact of silence. Fast forward to a year later, and while it looks like they might have gotten away with it, a message on a mirror and a bloody goat’s head in a closet suggests otherwise.
To say more would be to betray the clever twists that come at the start of this Last summer for the Riverdale-generation.
This is not the po-face answer to Scream who attracted Part of five and Buffy the vampire slayer fans to their doom, but rather a vibrant and captivating mystery that re-enacts certain scenes from different angles and, thanks in large part to the brilliant Iseman, at least initially, keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Of course, while the cast is diverse, there’s some cartoonish predictability about their personalities, but there’s also enough intrigue in the fractured narrative to get you hooked and keep you there, even if it takes up to what almost our own summer is happening.
i know what you did last summer is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.