The teen horror television series is based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan and set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video. How will the new series stack up against the 1997 horror classic and source material?
Slasher fans were treated to the first full-length trailer for I Know What You Did Last Summer, the eight-episode series, debuting October 15 on Amazon Prime Video. The first four episodes will drop on day one of it's release with the remaining four streaming on a weekly basis. This adaptation has a lengthy list of executive producers, including James Wan (Malignant, The Conjuring) and producers of the 1997 film, Erik Feig and Neal H. Moritz.
This modern-day reboot, based on the 1973 novel by Lois Duncan and the 1997 film that we all know and love, sees another group of teenagers wracked with guilt thanks to a vehicular homicide they inadvertently committed. Not unlike the film, deadly consequences follow a year later. While the official synopsis keys us into this major plot point – and a tease that the teens will discover that their little town may not be what it seems – the finer details are still unknown.
Filmed in Oahu in early 2021, the cast is mostly comprised of relative newcomers, including Madison Iseman (Fear of Rain, Annabelle Comes Home) and Brianne Tju (MTV’s Scream, Hulu's Light As A Feather). This differs from the 1997 film adapted by Kevin Williamson and directed by Jim Gillespie, where the four leads, established teen stars brought their star power to the Slasher. Neither of which are involved in the series. Other actors in the Amazon Prime series include Ezekiel Goodman, Sebastian Amoruso, Cassie Beck, Fiona Rene (Underwater), and Ashley Moore.
While the series clearly shares the main plot with its source material, there are some noticeable differences we saw after watching the neon-lit, Olivia Rodrigo-tuned trailer.
For one, the teens are in beautiful Hawaii, rather than the crab-laden town of Southport, North Carolina. Secondly, the vibe seems markedly sexier, with an aesthetic that screams Euphoria rather than Dawson’s Creek or Party of Five. I know as a teenager, I was nearly scandalized watching Freddy Prinze, Jr. and Jennifer Love Hewitt lose their virginity to each other on a beach in the original, so I can’t imagine how my 13-year-old brain would have handled this new series.
Lastly, we’d be remiss to not point out the differences in technology between the two adaptations of Duncan's novel. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) featured handwritten anonymous notes with scrawled out threats and ominous messages. The series will surely feature texts, social posts and video calls. Technology is brutal, huh? However, I'm happy to see that the killer still pulls off more analog threats, as seen by the lipstick writing on a mirror in the trailer.
With Fear Street (2021) on Netflix, Nia DaCosta's Candyman sequel, Halloween Kills (2021) and Freaky (2021), we hope that this Slasher trend continues as more new and revived horror titles and franchises are released.