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'I Know What You Did Last Summer Box-Set'
(Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Brandy, Brooke Nevin, David Paetkau, et al / DVD / R / 1997-2006 / Sony Pictures)

Overview: A group of teens accidentally kill a fellow friend in a 4th of July prank. They all band together and decide to take there secret to the grave. Little do they know that they really will be taking there secret quite literally to the grave as one year later there secret comes back for revenge. Can they work out who's killing them off one by one or will they all take there secret to the grave.

DVD Verdict: The hook-wielding Fisherman returns in the third installment of the popular teen-horror franchise based on Lois Duncan's novel I Know What You Did Last Summer. Jennifer Love Hewitt, who top-billed the previous entries, is nowhere to be found in this film, and the action has been moved from a fishing village to a Colorado ski community where a gaggle of attractive teens led by Amber (Brooke Nevin) are wrapped up in a prank gone wrong which again results in an unfortunate death. The friends commit to keeping the accident silent, until they are plagued by mysterious messages that implicate them in the murder. What follows is the standard stalk-and-slash, with the Fisherman (played here by Don Shanks) dispatching the guilty parties with a modicum of bloody special effects, until the inevitable showdown. With this box-set containing now all three of the titles in the series, this latest (and hopefully final) instalment is not a horror film created to excite, challenge, or thrill you; it's a 12th-generation knock-off that leeches off a flaccid little concept that was already withered and whiskered the first and second time around. Not so much outrageously awful as it is deadly dry and dishwater dull, this second sequel is as a stunningly superfluous piece of cinema. The direction by Sylvain White (Trois Part 3) is tripod-steady and stutterifically edited. The dialogue (provided by the man who gave you Octopus 2: River of Death) is c-grade teen clique babble. The cast of unknowns seem to be hurrying through the proceedings, simply grateful to get a gig in a Sony-backed film -- even if it is a rather unwatchable piece of sequelized and homogenized horror. The anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) transfer is suitably clean and clear, although White's murky directing doesn't help matters all that much. As for extras, well, Director Sylvain White provides an audio commentary that should work as a dandy sleeping pill for those who suffer from insomnia and a crippling addiction to bad horror films. Then there's a slow featurette called The Making of I'll Always Know Et Cetera (26:39). And the whole thing is rounded out with a collection of Sony trailers. These are all Widescreen Presentations (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:

Commentary by director Sylvain White
The Making of 'I'll Always Know What You Did' Featurette
Sony Trailers