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I Know What You Did Last Summer is an American horror film of the slasher sub-genre. It was directed by Jim Gillespie and released theatrically in the United States on October 17th, 1997. Produced by Columbia Pictures and Mandalay Entertainment, I Know What You Did Last Summer is the first installment in the "Last Summer" film series. It is followed by the 1998 sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. The movies are loosely based on the 1973 Young Adult novel I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan. The film stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as Julie James, as well as Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Ryan Phillippe as her close friends Helen, Ray and Barry (respectively). After Helen Shivers wins the annual Croaker County Beauty Pageant, she and boyfriend Barry party on the beach with their friends. As they swerve home along a shoreline road, they accidentally hit a fisherman when a drunk Barry drops his liquor bottle and distracts Ray's driving. They don't turn to the police, fearing their post-high school dreams will be shattered. Barry convinces his reluctant friends to help him dispose of the body. The four make a sacred vow to keep the events of this traumatic night a secret. A year later, on the anniversary of this night in question, the four friends receive mysterious messages, indicating "I know what you did last Summer" and are summarily stalked and murdered by what appears to be a fisherman brandishing a hook.

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  • Production on I Know What You Did Last Summer began on March 31st, 1997 and concluded in June.
  • Author Lois Duncan has publicly expressed her disapproval with the notion of her novel being realized as a teen slasher film, particularly in light of her own personal tragedy, the loss of her her daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette, who was murdered in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1989. The case remains unsolved. Duncan wrote a non-fiction account of the tragedy in 1992 in the book Who Killed My Daughter?.
  • Patti D'Arbanville and David F. Maxwell are uncredited for their contributions to this film.
  • Most of the death scenes in this film are either implied or take place very quickly. The gore is minimal.

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