Book Vs. Movie: I Know What You Did Last Summer
The 1973 Lois Duncan YA Novel Vs. the 1997 Movie
“I Know What You Did Last Summer” revolves around a group of friends, Julie, Helen, Ray, and Barry, who accidentally hit a stranger with their car on a dark, lonely road. In a panic, they make a harrowing decision to hide the accident, believing they can escape the consequences. However, one year later, their lives unravel as they receive ominous messages from a mysterious figure who knows their deadly secret.
Lois Duncan’s novel, published in 1973, unfolds in the 1970s. The film, directed by Jim Gillespie, modernized the story to the late 1990s. This update significantly alters the atmosphere and dynamics, replacing the retro feel of the book with a more contemporary vibe.
Between the book & movie, which did we like more? Have a listen and find out!
In this ep, the Margos discuss:
- YA Horror novels of the 1970s
- Author Lois Duncan
- The differences between the 1973 (and the updated) version of the story and the movie
- The cast of the 1997 film: Jennifer Love Hewitt (Julie James,) Sarah Michelle Gellar (Helen Shivers,) Ryan Phillipe (Barry Cox,) Feddie Prinze Jr. (Ray Bronson,) Bridgette Wilson (Elsa Shivers,) Anne Heche (Missy Egan,) Muse Watson (Ben Willis/The Fisherman,) Johnny Galecki (Max Neurick) and Stuart Greer as the Officer.
- “I think he is dead”
- I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997 trailer)
- “We will dump the body”
- “We will take this to our graves”
- Killer in the balcony
- What Are You Waiting For?
- Music: Jennifer Love Hewitt’s “How Do I Deal?”
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