In I Still Know What You Did Last Summer its a year after her harrowing summer, and Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is trying to forget. Though she is now at college in Boston, the memories and nightmares remain. If she and Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr) really killed deranged fisherman Ben Willis, why was his corpse never found?
So when her best friend Karla (Brandy) wins an expenses-paid Caribbean break, Julie’s delighted to accept a free ticket. Ray decides he’s too busy so classmate Will (Matthew Settle) takes the spare ticket, joining Karla’s boyfriend Tyrell (Mekhi Phifer) on the trip.
They arrive during hurricane season, leaving their swish hotel almost vacant except for a bellhop, a bartender and a crazed pool boy (Jack Black). As the storms hit, the bodycount rises, and Julie soon realises that the hotel has a certain hook-handed murderer as an uninvited guest…
Danny Cannon’s follow-up has to overcome more disadvantages than the average sequel: the killer’s identity is no mystery, and you must lose a high proportion of the cast without being able to use Kevin Williamson’s skills in genre subversion. From that standing start, the London-born director does well to produce a distinct film and while there is little emphasis on originality, scream queen Hewitt is consistently good and there’s a divine cameo from Black, whose effortless hilarity has since made him a bigger box office draw than the rest of the cast.
USA / 1998
Director: Danny Cannon
Writer: Trey Callaway
Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr, Jack Black, Brandy Norwood, Matthew Settle, Mekhi Phifer