‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and ‘Day of the Dead’ review: Amazon and Syfy stretch movie horror into series

Shot in Hawaii, “I Know What You Did” adapts Lois Duncan’s 1970s unique (and later on 1997 motion picture) for the “Gossip Girl” generation, with an appealing and varied cast of 20-somethings playing teens, whose complex hook-up history includes numerous wrinkles to the slow-rolling crisis.

The action depends upon a deadly automobile mishap on graduation night — these motion pictures do not do much for the credibility of teenager chauffeurs — prior to odd and grisly indications begin to emerge recommending that no one must end up being too connected to the characters. When somebody points out going to the police officers, one member of the group shoots back, “We should have gone to the police a year ago,” however in scary, hindsight is constantly 20/20.

“Jumanji’s” Madison Iseman has the most requiring function by playing really various twins, signed up with by an ensemble that includes Costs Heck, Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley Moore, Sebastian Amoruso, Fiona Rene, Cassie Beck, and Brooke Flower.

Amazon will begin the series with 4 episodes, which is as much as critics have actually seen, with 4 more to follow over subsequent weeks.

Like “Gossip Girl,” every teen-driven idea appears predestined for a reboot to reach brand-new generations, however extending an idea this familiar nearly seems like an unlimited “Summer.” If you’re discriminating at all, to put it simply, I do not understand for specific however have a respectable concept of what you will not be viewing this fall.
A scene from the Syfy series 'Day of the Dead,' inspired by George A. Romero's movies.
“Day of the Dead,” on the other hand, is referred to as “an ode” to George A. Romero’s zombie motion pictures of yore, throwing up a little group attempting to make it through the early phases of the break out. Syfy dutifully offered all 10 episodes, however it just took viewing a couple of to choose that the world truly does not require another zombie reveal today, even with “The Walking Dead” (gradually) stumbling towards its conclusion.

If you’re still checking out, the action occurs in a town, where something appears to have actually been let loose at the regional mine, and a mix of teenagers and grownups attempt to endure what they hesitate to call a “zombie apocalypse.” Different soapy subplots enhance the sufficient gore, however let’s admit it, with this type of product, no one is remaining to see if the mayor learns that her other half’s unfaithful on her.

Primarily, the bests of these programs — and USA/Syfy’s just recently introduced “Chucky” series — use a valuable suggestion: whether it’s serial killers or slavering zombies, Hollywood never ever truly burns out of chewing up and spitting out old concepts.

“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.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.