I Know What You Did Last Summer is an adolescent horror television series set in the United States that is based on Lois Duncan’s 1973 novel of the same name. Amazon Studios announced the project’s development in 2019, with Neal H. Moritz serving as executive producer Moritz and James Wan. I Know What You Did Last Summer, a limited series on Amazon Prime, has nothing to do with the films save that it’s based on the same source material – Lois Duncan’s 1973 novel. And, fortunately, the show is far superior to the films. Nonetheless, it suffers from a number of flaws that prevent it from being the type of binge-worthy horror that Netflix just delivered with Midnight Mass.
Release date of I know what you did last summer
EPISODE 1: It’s Thursday – 15th October, 2021
EPISODE 2: It’s Not Just for Dogshit – 15th October, 2021
EPISODE 3: A Gorilla Head Will Not Do – 15th October, 2021
EPISODE 4: Hot Shrimp Salad – 15th October, 2021
EPISODE 5: Mukbang – 22th October, 2021
EPISODE 6: Least You Had A Spare – 29th October, 2021
EPISODE 7: If Only Dogs Could Talk – 5th November, 2021
EPISODE 8: You Next Life Could Be So Much Happier – 12th November, 2021
Cast of I know what you did last summer
Madison Iseman as Lennon
Brianne Tju as Margot
Ashley Moore as Railey
Fiona Rene as Lyla
Ezekiel Goodman as Dylan
Sebastian Amoruso as Jhonny
Bill Heck as Bruce
I know what you did last summer plot summary
On their graduation night, a group of young pals are killed in a car accident, and a year later, they are haunted – and stalked — by someone who knows their dark secret. Aside from the basic idea, the show has a new group of people, a new Hawaiian setting, and no evidence of a meat hook-wielding lunatic in a rain slicker.
I know what you did last summer review
I’m aware of your actions. The opening episode of I know What You Did Last Summer spends little time in presenting the show’s primary protagonists, a rude, self-absorbed gang of horny, hard-partying teenagers who have no care or respect for anybody or anything. If it isn’t clear, this is the show’s first big flaw: among this group of attractive, wealthy young adults, there isn’t anyone to root for or relate to.
Madison Iseman gives the most deep, sophisticated, and intelligent portrayal of the group as identical twins Alison and Lennon. And, when she’s playing the former sibling, she’s arguably the most sympathetic character in the series. It’s always fun to watch her play a pair of sisters with wildly opposite personalities, but it also draws attention to the shortcomings in the other characters. Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley Moore, Brianne Tju, and Sebastian Amoruso, who play Alison and Lennon’s pals Margot, Riley, Dylan, and Johnny, respectively, all provide decent performances, but they’re not given tremendous material to work with. While they aren’t reduced to superficial slasher film tropes, they aren’t given much of a chance to shed the reckless, selfish-teen personas that characterize them at first.
While the series’ first episode will leave you unable to choose a favorite character, the series’ final act will keep you engrossed with a pair of engrossing narrative twists. Assuming that the accident that sets the mystery in motion is well-known, the show cleverly treats it as a side dish to a far more substantial main meal. Best of all, these unexpected twists aren’t portrayed as one-and-done surprises, but as intricate plot elements that might lead the story in a variety of intriguing paths. Even if you see these twists coming a mile away, they still have the promise of a great payout.
The cliffhangers in the first episode, as well as a grisly discovery revealed just as the titles roll, will have you clicking play on episode two right away. Unfortunately, while the upcoming chapter fulfils some of the prior installment’s promise, it also reintroduces some of the previous installment’s problems while also adding new ones. Some of the recent graduates have become even more insufferable in the year after the event that put them on an unknown killer’s target list. Riley and, especially, Margot, are more interested in making caustic quips and witty pop-culture allusions than focusing on what they’ve done or the fact that they’re being pursued by a psychopath.
This repeated attempt to sprinkle speech with sarcastic, pertinent allusions speaks to the series’ tonal inconsistencies, more than a fault with how these characters are written. The program has its share of tragedy – not least the vehicular homicide at its heart – yet there’s rarely a serious, emotionally charged scene that isn’t marred by a crude sexual joke or other insensitive remark. It’s very uncommon for a scene to start with two characters sobbing and hugging over something really serious – like, say, a close friend being brutally killed less than 24 hours earlier – and then swiftly shift to a blowjob joke.
This erratic tone dominates episodes 2-4, particularly when people gather in the present day to try to piece together what’s going on. However, the series largely relies on flashbacks, which fare considerably better. In these pre-accident scenes, the adolescents are still quite annoying, but at least their awful personalities aren’t balanced against the heinous crimes they’ll shortly perform. The flashbacks also provide some much-needed history for the characters, as well as tantalizing narrative tidbits that assist fill in the gaps in the present-day scenario.
As the series develops, these flashbacks become more common, paving the way for a more engaging narrative route that slowly but steadily draws closer to revealing the killer’s identity. Episode four, which likewise takes another delightful, unexpected turn, does a particularly effective job of enlivening the present by allowing us to see into the past. If the first half of I Know What You Did Last Summer is any indicator, the second half will be even better.
I’m aware of your actions. The series’ innovative, smart variations on the original material are at odds with Madison Iseman’s superb dual-character performance and the series’ unlikable characters, uneven tone, and sometimes cookie-cutter scares. While it is considerably superior to the films that came before it, it is not the must-see horror remake that we had hoped for. All of this is to say that it has us captivated enough to keep us watching until all of the obnoxious teenagers have met their demise.
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