I Know What You Did Last Summer gets a makeover for the internet generation in Leo Gabriadze's inventive low budget shocker,
AFTER five Paranormal Activity films, the makers of this clever chiller have found a way to shake up “the found footage” horror.
There are two gimmicks here, one very old and one sort of new. The first is to have the film unfold in “real time” (a minute of screen time equals a minute in the lives of the characters), a device made famous by Hitchcock with Rope in 1948.
The second is to make the action unfold entirely on the screen of a character’s laptop. I’ve seen this used before but never for an entire film. It turns out this is enough to make the plot from I Know What You Did Last Summer worth a second run through.
On the first anniversary of the suicide of a cyberbullied schoolgirl, her ghost haunts the social networks of five of her classmates. As Blaire (Shelley Hennig) chats with pals on Skype and switches between Facebook, YouTube, Google and Spotify, the spook forces her to play a deadly game.
The gimmicks - along with great performances from the youngsters - make the events feel more convincing than they would have done in a conventional movie
The clicking and screaming becomes a little tiring after a while but this is an effective little shocker and one of the most ingenious horror films in years.