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Reboots in the horror department are more common than a toddler’s mom needing a glass of wine. More often than not, these reboots fail to deliver to their audience. These productions tend to miss the opportunity to create a better script and enhanced it with originality or find a nice new twist to the world they have previously created. The common thought behind audiences that have fallen in love with a film is the same, just like the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I mean, if a story is already good, then the space for improvement is like a fun-size version of a chocolate, tiny. ‘I know What You Did Last Summer,’ did not save itself from the evil claws of another studio remake, but this time they’ve turned the classic horror film into an Amazon Prime Original series.
Same Old, Same Old
‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ centers on a group of wealthy teenagers who accidentally run over someone they know after a long night of partying. Afraid of being taken to jail, the group of friends makes a pact and decide to get rid of the body, promising each other to keep the incident a secret and take it to their graves. A year goes by, and then, everyone involved in the misfortune is stalked by an anonymous individual who seems to be searching for revenge.
‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ is a reboot of the classic slasher-horror film of the same name from 1997. This version of ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ is a series supposedly of the horror genre, but it does not come up to par with its original inspiration. Mainly because it depicts more like a drama than a horror series to its audience.
‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ – What’s a Gen Z?
The series struggled to be of the same caliber as other horror series that have been released recently. Its characters are as messy as their structure, as their personalities often blend in together. ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ inclination is to surround its leads with unnecessary commentary on current societal situations to show the level of “wokeness” each character has. It was as if they had decided to get in a boxing ring with the writing, forcibly pushing the “modern” dialogue into our throats. While choking us with the surfaced idea of what a Gen Z teenager is supposed to act, sound, or look like.
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It
Slasher films are on the hanging thread of achieving an excellently terrifying plot or just a plain awful and unrealistic premise. Often these films are the ones responsible for creating enormous cult followings. Sadly, this version of the film did not manage to reach a level that could satisfy its cult following, but instead, it undertook what the fans had predicted, which was to disappoint them. The series does not hook its audience in or even allow you to fall in love with its characters. You are left wondering why you would root for any of them.
The characters consist of narcissistic shitty people, not allowing you to care if the guy with a hook came in and randomly slashed all of their throats. Throughout the four episodes available on Amazon, it is noticeable that ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ creator’s wanted to show off and rather concentrate on the “make-believe’ part of the job description as a writer. They wanted to take the audience inside a horrifying frenzy of blood and serial killers with hooks. Still, instead, they forgot the word “believe” is an enormous part of the process—settling the audience into a chain of unpolished circumstances and cringe-worthy dialogue.
Stop Trying to Make ‘Euphoria’ Happen (Again), It’s Not Going to Happen
Gather every high-school drama series from the past two years, and you realize the influence from ‘Euphoria‘ is enormous. ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ did not stay behind with trying to adjust its premise and aesthetic towards the critically acclaimed drama. The attempt into a slasher version of ‘Euphoria’ felt extremely out of place. The use of sex scenes, excess drugs use, and uncensored genitalia felt like a desperate cry towards a way to get the audience hooked into the show.
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Structurally, ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ tends to cut back in a series of flashbacks that feel like a highly confusing puzzle. While the intent is to render bits of information to create suspense, the result of it is like having a drunk person attempting to recreate the image of the puzzle without the big picture. The audience is left muddled between a haze of too many time jumps and inconsistencies.
Exciting Gore, Though
In the chosen subgenre of the series, a few things were accomplished rather well. But one main thing found when watching ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ is the series loyalty and the unashamed manner they managed to portray the gratuitous gore that entails for the subgenre to succeed. The excitedly entertaining slaughter scenes make you finally look back at the TV.
Some Nice Twists
The series gives you a bittersweet taste of a horror classic because they had implemented some rather exciting twists to the original story, but it was often decorated by corny dialogue or jokes that did not land. When it finally comes, the time when these kids begin to be terrorized by the town’s serial killer. The intent behind curiosity is implanted, and the story does make you wonder who this person is, as this part is not as predictable as before. It felt like a combination of a blah ‘Euphoria’ and of ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ its spinoff, the one that no one really watched.
‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ accomplishes to be the sort of show you watch in the background as you get ready for a night out. It is a high school drama that portrays the type of damaged relationships that can be repaired, but underneath it all, the trauma, the blood, and killing, there is space for love.
Where to Watch
Stream ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ on Amazon Prime
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Ana Cobo is a writer for The Hollywood Insider, who keeps up to date with the entertainment world and looks for truth and compassion in her pieces. She enjoys finding depth and understanding behind the creative work on TV shows and films. Sharing the new knowledge found has always been important to her. Ana loves sparking interest and highlighting the talent found in the Latinx community. Like everyone at The Hollywood Insider, Ana believes in uplifting the community, through compassion and understanding.