On October 17 “I Know What You Did Last Summer” was released…

Today in pop culture, on October 17, 1997 “I Know What You Did Last Summer” was released. The horror slasher film was based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. The horror slasher film centers on a group of four friends who accidentally run over a man on a 4th of July, and in order to prevent their futures from being ruined, they decide to cover up the accident, dump the body into the ocean, and keep the accident to themselves. Exactly a year later from that accident, each of the four friends find themselves stalked by a killer who wields a metal hook as a weapon.

"I Know What You Did Last Summer" theatrical poster Columbia Pictures

“I Know What You Did Last Summer” theatrical poster
Columbia Pictures

At the time, the movie starred various popular “young and hot” actors: Jennifer Love Hetwitt (from TV’s “Party of Five”), Sarah Michelle Gellar (from TV’s “Buffy The Vampire Slayer), as well as Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr. The movie also features Anne Heche, Bridgette Wilson, and Johnny Galecki in supporting roles.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. on the set of "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Everett Collection

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. on the set of “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”
Everett Collection

“I Know What You Did Last Summer,” as well as “Scream,” are both credited in helping revive the horror genre, specially the slasher film, seeing how both were released within the same time.  The film was directed by Jim Gillespie, and written by Kevin Williamson (writer of the “Scream” series, and who would later go on to create/write “Dawson’s Creek” and “The Vampire Diaries.”). The movie debuted on top of the box office, being number one for three weeks straight, and grossing over $125 million worldwide on a budget of about $17 million. As a result of its success, it is often parodied in various films and referenced in pop culture.

The movie’s trailer:

The film spawned two sequels, 1998’s “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer,” and the straight-to-DVD release 2006’s “I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer.” “I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer” doesn’t star any of the cast members of the first two movies, but simply carries on a new plot line with a new cast.

One of the most memorable scenes of the movie was Helen Shiver’s (Sarah Michelle Gellar) chase scene, in which she’s being stalked and attacked by the film’s killer, The Fisherman:

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