I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006) Movie Review
Written By: LFG
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Sylvain White
Producers: Neal H. Moritz, Erik Feig
Writer: Michael D. Weiss
Date Released: August 15, 2006
Brooke Nevin as Amber Williams
David Paetkau as Colby Patterson
Torrey DeVitto as Zoe Warner
Ben Easter as Lance Jones
Seth Packard as Roger Pack
Clayton Taylor as P.J. Davis
Michael Flynn as Sheriff Davis
K. C. Clyde as Sheriff John Hafner
Brittanie Nicole Leary as Kim
Star LaPoint as Kelly
Don Shanks as Fisherman / Ben Willis
Rating = 1/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
In a small town in Colorado, a group of friends namely Amber (Brooke Nevin), Colby (David Paetkau), Roger (Seth Packard), P.J. (Clayton Taylor), and Zoe (Torrey DeVitto) are at a carnival where they secretly planned to perform a fourth of July prank in front of the entire town by having Roger impersonate the fisherman killer and pretend to chase P.J. around the area. However, the prank goes horribly wrong and P.J. ends up dead after he gets impaled by a pipe after he lands on it to break his fall instead of the mattresses the group prepared ahead. Everyone in town thinks the actual fisherman killer did it, so the remaining friends swore they will never reveal they were behind this deadly prank. A year after P.J.’s death, Amber returns to town and believes all seem normal and people have moved on, until she receives multiple text messages one night saying, “I know what you did last summer.” She gets together with the rest of her friends, terrified that their secret might be out. However, as days passed, the group gets attacked and killed off one by one by the actual fisherman killer (Don Shanks). The clock is ticking and now Amber must find a way to defeat the murderer before he kills her off too.
The film also followed the usual slasher film formula of showcasing a lot of violence and deaths by various methods of impaling, especially since the killer uses a fisherman’s hook in killing off his victims. The goriest one was the supposed death scene of Ben, the fisherman killer, where he was grinded like meat after being pushed into a snow blower. However, the color grading of the film is on the bluish side, hence the gore did not look as gruesome as it should have.
The Grave Review
I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006) is the third installment in the I Know What You Did Last Summer horror franchise. This direct-to-video movie does not feature any of the original characters, except perhaps for Ben Willis. The film follows the same premise of the original film but with new characters this time.
The actors’ underwhelming and subpar acting contributed to the mediocrity of the characters. Not one protagonist stood out—not even the final girl, Amber, who everyone was supposed to root for. Sadly, watching them play cat and mouse with the killer was a bore. The only interesting character is the fisherman killer, Ben Willis. He did not have any speaking lines, but he had some decent and brutal kills, like when he used his fish hook to skillfully slit the throat of Roger and when he impales one of the police officers in a forklift. It was also interesting how he was able to attack Amber while she was inside the gondola, considering they where a few hundred feet above the ground.
The final confrontation scene of Amber and Ben was fairly decent and would make viewers believe that she finally marked an end to the killer’s rampage. However, the questionable ending proved otherwise. How did Ben survive after being pushed into a snow blower? Was it really Ben who attacked Amber in the desert in the last scene? The open-ended scene leaves room for viewers to speculate for a possible fourth film.
In a nutshell, this film is a let-down of a franchise that was not even that strong to begin with. Everything about it is predictable and as such watching it becomes tiresome. There were a couple of decent jump scares, but overall, even hardcore fans would find it difficult to stomach this film.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006) one grave out of five graves.
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