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I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (R)
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This came out in 1998, and I first saw it in 2018. It's the sequel to I Know What You Did Last Summer. I've given it the same rating I did the first movie, though it probably deserves a slightly lower one. I'm really not sure. (Maybe the original deserves a slightly higher rating than I gave it, which would make this rating slightly lower. Whatever.)

So... a year after the events of the first movie, Julie has a nightmare involving the killer from that movie. Apparently she used to have such nightmares frequently, but it's been some months since her last one. But as her friend Will says, it's probably the anniversary of those events that has triggered the resurgence of her fear. Anyway... it's obvious that Will wants to be more than friends. And Julie's friend Karla (played by pop singer Brandy) thinks Julie should be more than friends with Will. But Julie is still involved with Ray. Unfortunately, Ray spends all his time working in their hometown, which Julie doesn't want to go back to, because the place naturally holds traumatic memories for her. Then one day, Karla wins a radio contest, with the prize being a trip for four to the Bahamas. (She had to answer a geography question, and I thought the answer she gave was wrong... but honestly, I wasn't 100% sure of that. Like, the answer she gave would have been my second guess, and I can totally believe it would have been a lot of people's first guess. I actually think the question chosen was clever, because it's not hard to believe a lot of viewers might have either thought the answer was right, or else been unsure. And this is important, because without that uncertainty, the fact that the whole thing was a scam would have been obvious. Although the fact that Julie's phone was unlisted is sort of another clue.)

Anyway, Karla of course decides to take Julie with her, as well as her own boyfriend, Tyrell (Mekhi Phifer). For the fourth member, Julie invites Ray, but he says he has to work. This is a stupid lie, because he's actually planning to surprise her by proposing. He and a friend decide to drive to her college, but they get attacked by the killer from the first movie, who had not actually died, as they thought. The killer kills Ray's friend, and Ray is injured, leaving him unable to get to Julie in time. But eventually he leaves the hospital and works on getting to the island where she and her friends are staying. Meanwhile, Julie, Karla, Tyrell, and Will show up at the hotel, only to learn that the first day of their prize vacation is the day before hurricane season, so there are no other guests, and only a skeleton staff at the hotel. (The manager, Mr. Brooks, is played by Jeffrey Combs. The bartender, Nancy, is played by Jennifer Esposito. The porter, Estes, is played by Bill Cobbs, though he kind of reminded me of Scatman Crothers in "The Shining." The pool guy/drug seller, Titus, is played by Jack Black. There's also a dockhand and a maid.) Of course, the killer soon shows up at the hotel, and people start dying. Julie is sure she knows what's going on, but her friends take awhile to believe her.

Beyond that, I don't want to spoil anything. I do think it was all fairly predictable, but that didn't really make it any less scary, and certainly no less fun.

Followed by I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer

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