‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and ‘Day of the Dead’ stretch movie horror into series
Shot in Hawaii, “I Know What You Did” adapts Lois Duncan’s 1970s novel (and later 1997 movie) for the “Gossip Girl” generation, with an attractive and diverse cast of 20-somethings playing teenagers, whose complicated hook-up history adds several wrinkles to the slow-rolling crisis.
The action hinges on a fatal car accident on graduation night — these movies don’t do much for the reputation of teen drivers — before strange and grisly signs start to emerge suggesting that nobody should become too attached to the characters. When someone mentions going to the cops, one member of the group shoots back, “We should have gone to the police a year ago,” but in horror, hindsight is always 20/20.
Amazon will kick off the series with four episodes, which is as much as critics have seen, with four more to follow over subsequent weeks.
If you’re still reading, the action takes place in a small town, where something appears to have been unleashed at the local mine, and a mix of teens and adults try to survive what they’re reluctant to call a “zombie apocalypse.” Various soapy subplots augment the ample gore, but let’s face it, with this kind of commodity, nobody is sticking around to see if the mayor finds out that her husband’s cheating on her.
Mostly, the premieres of these shows — and USA/Syfy’s recently launched “Chucky” series — offer a helpful reminder: whether it’s serial killers or slavering zombies, Hollywood never really gets tired of chewing up and spitting out old ideas.
“I Know What You Did Last Summer” premieres Oct. 15 on Amazon.
“Day of the Dead” premieres Oct. 15 at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.