’90s movie and show remakes that were totally awful

After reviving the slasher genre with “Scream”, writer Kevin Williamson’s next project was 1997’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer” starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Ryan Phillippe. The film follows a group of friends who accidentally killed a man and covered up their crime; a year later, they are mysteriously hunted down, one by one. Like “Scream” before it, “I Know What You Did Last Summer” reinforces its slasher sensibility with a compelling murder mystery angle. The hook worked (pun intended), leading to box office success and a sequel a year later. There was also a direct sequel to the 2006 video, “I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer,” but the less we talk about it, the better.

More recently, 2021 saw the debut of a TV adaptation of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” on Amazon Prime. This new production expands the murder mystery in an eight-episode miniseries. Unfortunately, spreading the killings over such a long runtime means audiences are forced to try and sympathize with boring characters. This uninspired group of young adults are so unsympathetic that viewers are more likely to support the killer. At least the death sequences are quite entertaining, especially the one with the mix of frozen blue drinks. What a painful, yet delicious, way to die.

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