Horror will always be one of the audiences’ favorite genres, especially when it is presented with teenage protagonists who suffer bloody and ruthless deaths. The slasher is extremely successful worldwide despite the clichés that are hard to beat. In addition, in these times where nostalgia equals a lot of earnings, it is not at all uncommon to constantly find remakes and revivals of favorite titles. But streaming platforms prefer to develop series that work to expand an established franchise, such as Netflix made in an alliance with Mtv to premiere Scream: The TV Series, which told a totally new story. Now it’s the turn of Amazon who decided to rescue I know what they did last summer – 36% and I still know what they did last summer – 7%.
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I know what they did last summer it was released in 1997 and even then it was considered a poor copy of Scream: Scream Before You Die – 78% despite having a promising cast that included Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Ryan Phillippe, and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Although the bloody scenes, already traditional of the slasher, were appreciated, the public and critics were not very satisfied, and the sequel ended up proving that this story did not have much material to be exploited as it was believed at first.
Loosely based on the novel by Lois duncan, the film tells how four friends run over a man by accident (and because they are stupid and careless teenagers). Instead of going to the police and declaring that they were drunk at the time of the incident, the group decides to hide the truth and dispose of the body. Of course, this mistake costs them dearly when a strange assassin starts killing them one by one. Here it was simply the tragic mistake of the past, but there were not many more secrets in the lives of these characters, unlike other slashers where we learn more about the family or personal drama of the protagonists. Taking advantage of this narrative gap, Amazon decided to develop a series that will precisely mix the horror genre with all the melodrama and mystery of teenage series like Gossip Girl – 44% or Euphoria – 76%.
James Wan himself, who just released Maligno – 67%, will be in charge of producing I Know What You Did Last Summer which will have 8 episodes. On October 15, the first 4 chapters will be released and the rest will arrive on the platform every Friday until the end of November 12. Wan is best known for Saw: The Grim Game – 48%, The Conjuring – 86%, and The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case – 80%, and he is considered one of the great current horror directors, so fans of this creator will surely expect to notice his touch on the show.
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Unfortunately, the famous creator will not be directing, as he is quite busy with Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, so the task (at least for the pilot episode) was left to Craig macneill, best known for his work on Channel Zero: Candle Cove, Castle Rock – 86%, Sabrina’s Hidden World – 75% and NOS4A2. The synopsis of the series (via BloodyDisgusting) remains the same as the film directed by Jim Gillespie
I Know What You Did Last Summer is a modern take on the 1997 movie that lives up to the same chilling premise: In a city full of secrets, a group of teenagers are harassed by a mysterious killer a year after a fatal accident on their prom night.
Unlike the original tape, the first trailer shows that these guys live with more than one secret. The advance feels very similar to other dramas with sex and party scenes that correspond to the happy graduation night, but it also has the novelty of introducing us to another type of protagonist. Madison Iseman, known as Jumanji in the Jungle – 76% will play twins who clearly have problems with each other because of their tastes and personalities, and their relationship will be key to the story and the truth they will discover about the town where they live and about themselves.
Check out the trailer here:
Horror series are quite complicated, because they do not always manage to maintain the tension for so many episodes and viewers prefer to look for other titles. However, there are cases in which the result is very good and is exploited to the maximum, such as the franchise of American horror story or Channel Zero. We will soon find out if I Know What You Did Last Summer propose something new or if it will be one of the bunch.
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