Bruce Fretts
March 27, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

I Know What You Did Last Summer

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., Anne Heche
director
Jim Gillespie
author
Kevin Williamson
genre
Horror, Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

Many critics skewered this slasher flick for lacking the self-satirical edge of Scream (also penned by Summer screenwriter Kevin Williamson). Yet if you leave any such expectations at the rental counter, you?ll have a screamingly good time. Even without the in-jokes, Summer?s a crisply efficient chiller. As North Carolina teens terrorized by a slicker-clad psycho-killer, TV-trained Hewitt (Party of Five) and Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) seem right at home on the small screen. Male companions Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr. are strictly stiffs, but Johnny Galecki (Roseanne) and Anne Heche provide lively turns as the town geek and a backwoods freak, respectively. One can only hope the impending Summer sequel is as much fun as Scream 2.

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