Picks and Pans Review: I Know What You Did Last Summer

updated 11/03/1997 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/03/1997 01:00AM

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Thanks to Scream's audibility at the box office last winter—it has made $103 million in the U.S. alone—Hollywood studios are loading up their production schedules with horror films aimed at teenagers. The first of these Screamlings to arrive is I Know What You Did Last Summer, which is fine for what it is but is neither slick nor terrifying enough to convert non-horror fans. (Based on a 1973 Lois Duncan novel, its screenplay is by Kevin Williamson, who wrote Scream and Scream 2, which arrives Dec. 12.) I Know follows Scream's formula (and that of hundreds of other horror movies) of setting a mysterious killer loose amid a close-knit group of teens. In this case the kids have apparently provoked him by, a year earlier, covering up the killing of a man they accidentally ran over one dark night near their small North Carolina town. Now they're being chased down by this murderous maniac, who wields a large ice hook and is always clad in a voluminous black raincoat, rubber boots and a big rain hat, as if he didn't trust Al Roker's forecasts of Carolina sunshine. I Know's two main damsels in distress, TV babes Hewitt (Party of Five) and Sarah Michelle Geller (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) add what depth they can to their roles and run like hell when the hook appears. Anne Heche shows up briefly as a slatternly gal who lives deep in the woods, looking as if she'd wandered in from a bus-and-truck tour of Tobacco Road. (R)

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