In the 90s slasher films had a sort of whodunnit, kind of theme. Scream ultimately being the leader, seeing as to how the original I Know What You Did Last Summer made it obvious. Wes Craven kind of had this thing about making it mysterious. He did it with Ghostface, and that’s what made it fun. Now, Sara Goodman and company are bringing that trend back in the I Know What You Did Last Summer reboot series. Honestly, it’s making for some good television.
We saw our first actual murders in the second episode. They were intense, and in true Gen Z fashion, recorded and sent to the phones of the OG crew Lennon/Allison (Madison Iseman), Riley (Ashley Moore), Dylan (Ezekiel Goodman), Margot (Brianne Tju), and Johnny (Sebastian Amoruso). The death while devastating has them assuming, the person they hit on that fateful Thursday is the one committing the murders and stalking them. Could it be? Maybe, I mean, somebody carves the names of people that die in the cave in the wall; and that person’s name is not there. Leaving us with the number one question… Whodunnit?
Our third episode is a bit of a slow pacer. Lennon found something in the last episode and now she’s rushing her home to her father, Bruce (Bill Heck). She meets the crew and they discuss a plan. Riley takes Dylan home, and her mother Courtney (Cassie Beck) notices that Dylan has gotten handsome. Lennon is supposed to meet Margot but instead goes home after being pulled over by Lyla (Fiona Rene). She argues with her father about Lyla and then comes up with a plan to catch the stalker. They come to a conclusion about who they think the stalker is, and we get our third murder. The episode ends with a strange montage, and we get another possible hint at our stalker.
There is a changing of the guard in this episode as Logan Kibens takes the director’s chair, and Johanna Stokes takes reigns on the script. They put together a slow-paced episode, that slowly grabs your attention. Kibens gets Iseman to put together another great performance. Stokes puts together some very meaningful dialogue while also throwing loop after loop. If you know who the killer is, more power to you. Goodman and Stokes have done a damn good job keeping us on our toes.
Anka Malatynska does a wonderful job with the cinematography again. She gets shots possibly from the stalker’s point of view. She also captures a lot of the beauty of Hawaii. The close shots and shots of the murders have been very creative. The way she uses the lens to guide you and confuse you all at once is incredible. Our score for this episode is a mix of creepy and Luau. It’s focused and helps you remember that we may be watching a horror film, but we’re still in Hawaii.
There are issues with this episode. The main one, they did the new age thing and used Ashley Moore’s character as the Black Lives Matter catalyst. It’s a scene where a police officer questions her about where she lives and asks for her ID. The whole sequence just seems weird and out of place. We do get flashbacks again, more detail into that night, and they definitely make you wonder. – Rascal F. Kennedy
I Know What You Did Last Summer premieres on Amazon Prime on October 15th!