[Movie Review] I Know What You Did Last Summer

I Know What You Did Last SummerStarring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., Anne Heche
Director: Jim Gillespie
Genre: Horror
Cert: 18
Released: 1997

Winning the award for the longest title since “The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain”, “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (IKWYDLS) comes hot on the heels of the horror classic, “Scream”, and pays a price for that. The link is not just down to genre though, as IKWYDLS comes from the same writer as “Scream”.

Four youths are driving along a dark deserted road late at night when they hit and kill a man. In a panic, they decide to dump the body into the sea. They hope to put an end to it and get on with their lives…

But 12 months later, Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) returns to the town on her summer break from college still haunted by the memory of what they did that night. Her shock is compounded when she receives an anonymous note simply stating ‘I know what you did last summer’. She meets up again with her estranged friends, Helen (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Barry (Ryan Phillippe) and Ray (Freddie Prinze Jnr), and soon after, a number of terrifying events lead them to deduce that someone knows their dreaded secret and is willing to make them pay. The four turn detective in an attempt to uncover the truth but their discoveries give them more cause for concern and deepen the mystery even further.

IKWYDLS in many ways is a step ahead of teen slashers of the past – it certainly is streets ahead of stuff like “Friday the 13th” series and “April Fools Day”. The storyline is full of twists and turns (as is the buzz-phrase for thrillers in the ninties) and the performances, while not exactly ground-breaking, are certainly not wooden.

But as I mentioned earlier, its release in the aftermath of and intrinsic link to “Scream” mean that, inevitably, it suffers by comparison. The truth is that while it is a very competent chiller, if you have seen “Scream” you are unlikely to be that intrigued by the goings-on.

2star

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[Album Review] "AC/DC Live" – AC/DC

AC/DC Live - AC/DCAlbum Title: AC/DC Live
Artist: AC/DC
Year: 1992
Running Time: 132m

Track listing: [DISC 1] 1 Thunderstruck; 2 Shoot To Thrill; 3 Back in Black; 4 Sin City; 5 Who Made Who; 6 Heatseeker; 7 Fire Your Guns; 8 Jailbreak; 9 The Jack; 10 The Razors Edge; 11 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap; 12 Moneytalks¬† [DISC 2] 1 Hells Bells; 2 Are You Ready; 3 That’s The Way I Wanna Rock N Roll; 4 High Voltage; 5 You Shook Me All Night Long; 6 Whole Lotta Rosie; 7 Let There Be Rock; 8 Bonny; 9 Highway to Hell; 10 T.N.T.; 11 For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)

I have to admit, my knowledge of AC/DC is minimal outside of what the average rock fan knows. I know they formed in Australia in 1973, have released about fifteen albums or so, gone through many line-up changes and tragically the death of popular lead singer Bon Scott who was replaced by Englishman, Brian Johnson. I also know that they have one of the most brilliant performers ever in Angus Young and that they have a string of brilliant rock n roll classics which are all included here.

The most recent releases (well recent on release of this record in 1992) are here also and if truth be known, pale in comparison to the classics; ‘Thunderstruck’, ‘The Razors Edge’, ‘Moneytalks’ and ‘Are you Ready’ are good tracks but place them alongside ‘Heatseeker’, ‘Dirty Deeds…’, ‘Hells Bells’, ‘That’s the Way….’, ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’, ‘Who Made Who’, ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ and my personal favourites ‘Back in Black’ and ‘Highway to Hell’, and I know which ones you will be turning up louder.

There is no mistaking the AC/DC sound which is normally a recipe for enjoying some light headbang. There are some tracks that I am not a huge fan of; ‘T.N.T.’, ‘Let There be Rock’, ‘The Jack’ and ‘Fire Your Guns’ are decent enough but not to the high standards of the rest of the album. And as is the problem with some live albums, some of the stuff just goes on too long with guitar solos sometimes taking you well into the weekend. Ten to twelve minutes for some of the tracks is just a little too much I think.

But AC/DC are total rock legends and there is nothing here that would alter that belief. For fans of the band, this is just the ultimate collection. And what a relief to have absolutely no ballads. Hurrah!

3star