The other night while channel surfing, I came across I Still Know What You Did Last Summer on SYFY. I stopped for the painfully ’90s fashion (floral overalls 4 eva!), but stayed because holy shit is that John Hawkes!
Remember that time John Hawkes was in I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER? pic.twitter.com/FnzleW0OVU— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) January 30, 2016
Yup. Before he was winning critical acclaim and awards for Winter’s Bone, The Sessions and Martha Marcy May Marlene, Hawkes played “Dave,” Freddie Prinze Jr.’s hip but doomed friend who meets the business end of a fish hook in a truck. Because…I guess don’t be friends with someone who may have almost killed a maniac one summer.
Between the overalls and young hip Hawkes, I was hooked. I rewatched this flopped sequel that hastily throws Jennifer Love Hewitt on an isolated island locale, and rediscovered the actors who once gladly collected a paycheck to be in this sloppy slasher from 1998.
After Sarah Michelle Gellar bit it in the first film, JHL’s Julie James needed a new cool bestie. Who better than the Moesha star to deal out advice on boys, sex, beach vacations and how to avoid a murderous fisherman?
A storied character actor who made his first appearance in the underrated Walter Mathhau 1974 thriller (yep!) The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Cobbs brought his signature grumble to a voodoo practicing islander who tries to protect Julie from vengeful foes by setting her toothbrush on fire. Like you do.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer’s best bit of casting was Combs as the red herring hotel manager. His cameo should send a shiver down the backs of horror fans as the guy has been prolific in the genre, appearing in more than 50 horror flicks like The Re-Animator movies, Doctor Morbid, The Pit and the Pendulum, House on Haunted Hill and The Frighteners.
He’d go on to appear in such notable series as Band of Brothers, ER, Brothers & Sister and Gossip Girl. But for his film debut, Settle played Will Benson, the Piz to JHL’s amateur sleuth. Except this was more believable, because instead of ending up with her in a fruitful not-creepy relationship for years, I Still Know’s creep just wanted to murder her to bond with his dad. (“Benson. Ben’s son, don’t you get it!”)
Kristy Puchko appreciates a tuxedo stripe on board shorts.