10 Facts That Will Test Whether You Still Know What They Did Last Summer

After the success of Scream in the mid-90s, a massive wave of imitators came out that all tried to capitalize on the “teenage slasher” craze in horror movies. The best-known of these was almost definitely I Know What You Did Last Summer, which featured an all-star cast of 90s mainstays, including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Anne Heche.

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While the movie feels kind of dated now, we still love it for reasons we can’t explain. However, turns out there’s a lot of interesting facts behind the making of it, and we’re pretty sure even big fans of the movie might not know these 10 things!

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It’s actually based on a book from the 70s

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It’s pretty different; the teens actually hit a small child with their car, who (thankfully) doesn’t die.

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The author of the book absolutely hated the movie

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Lois Duncan has been open about her hate of it, complaining that they turned a suspense thriller into a slasher movie. This especially sat poorly with her since her daughter was murdered in 1989.

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The script was by the guy who wrote Scream

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Kevin Williamson actually wrote the script for I Know What You Did Last Summer before he wrote Scream, but it wasn’t picked up for production until after Scream became a huge hit.

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The movie is how Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. met

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They hit it off and have been married since 2002! They have two children together.

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The facts just get crazier from here…

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“Dawson’s Beach” is an intentional reference to Dawson’s Creek

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The movie could’ve used more crying Dawson.

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Melissa Joan Hart turned down a role in the movie

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She was offered the role of Julie James, which ultimately went to Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Jamie Lee Curtis came by the set to support Jennifer Love Hewitt

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The two had recently co-starred in House Arrest, and Curtis not only wished her luck on her first horror film, but came by the set every day after shooting to give her a hug.

Nobody dies in the original book

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Not even the kid who gets hit by the car.

The ice inside the boat storage is actually gelatin

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It was made that way so Jennifer Love Hewitt could move in it freely.

The ads for the movie got Columbia Pictures sued

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The original trailer had the line “From the creator of Scream.” Miramax, who owned Scream, successfully sued over this, and the line was removed from all advertising.

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Emma C
Freelance Writer