Ep. 147 — I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (1997)

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DEAD TEENAGERS: WEEK 1

“To paraphrase Pauline Kael, the movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash, there is no reason to go. I'd draw a distinction, however, between the classic horror genre, which has produced masterpieces from NOSFERATU to SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, and the Dead Teenager Movie, which I define as a movie that starts out with a lot of teenagers, and kills them all, except one to populate the sequel.” —Roger Ebert

For the month of October, we're celebrating Halloween the only way we know how: by watching a whole bunch of horror movies! Specifically, this October, we're taking a look at a small piece of horror film history by diving into the post-SCREAMteen horror revival of the late 90s and early 00s!

 To kick things off, we're discussing the one film that was probably the most direct result of SCREAM's success, 1997's I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER!

Written by SCREAM's Kevin Williamson and rushed before camera's in order to capitalize on the success of Wes Craven's film, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMERis the epitome of late-90s teen horror, for better or for worse.

On this episode, we'll discuss how Williamson's success lead to one of his earlier scripts (itself an adaptation of a young adult novel by Lois Duncan) being taken off the shelf and turned into one of the most successful films to be released in SCREAM's wake, cementing the idea that the slasher revival was fully in effect.

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