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Audiences learned how scary summer secrets could be when I Know What You Did Last Summer hit theaters on Oct. 17, 1997.
The Jim Gillespie-directed film follows friends Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt), Helen Shivers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Barry Cox (Ryan Phillippe) and Ray Bronson (Freddy Prinze Jr.) as they’re stalked by hook-wielding killer Benjamin Willis (Muse Watson). The scary stalker enters the picture one year after the group covered up a car accident in which they supposedly killed a pedestrian, who ended up being Ben.
While the movie wasn’t critically acclaimed, it was a box office success and earned more than $125 million worldwide. I Know What You Did Last Summer remained in the top box office spot for three consecutive weeks and earned nominations at several awards shows, including the MTV Movie Awards and the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.
The movie was followed by the sequels I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) and I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006). Hewitt and Prinze Jr. reprised their roles in the 1998 sequel, while the 2006 film features a completely new cast.
Loosely based on Lois Duncan’s 1973 book of the same name, the film was written by Kevin Williamson and produced by Neal H. Moritz, Erik Feig and Stokely Chaffin.
In addition to the four leads and Watson, the cast also includes Johnny Galecki, Bridgette Wilson and Anne Heche.
In honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, The Hollywood Reporter looks at what the cast of I Know What You Did Last Summer has been up to since the movie debuted in theaters.