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‘I Know What You Did Final Summer season’ and ‘Day of the Useless’ stretch film horror into collection

Shot in Hawaii, “I Know What You Did” adapts Lois Duncan’s Nineteen Seventies novel (and later 1997 film) for the “Gossip Woman” era, with a horny and numerous solid of 20-somethings enjoying youngsters, whose difficult hook-up historical past provides a number of wrinkles to the slow-rolling disaster.

The motion hinges on a deadly automotive accident on commencement evening — these films do not do a lot for the status of minor drivers — earlier than unusual and grisly indicators begin to emerge suggesting that no person ought to grow to be too hooked up to the characters. When somebody mentions going to the cops, one member of the group shoots again, “We should always have gone to the police a 12 months in the past,” however in horror, hindsight is at all times 20/20.

“Jumanji’s” Madison Iseman has essentially the most demanding function by enjoying very totally different twins, joined by an ensemble that consists of Invoice Heck, Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley Moore, Sebastian Amoruso, Fiona Rene, Cassie Beck, and Brooke Bloom.

Amazon will kick off the collection with 4 episodes, which is as a lot as critics have seen, with 4 extra to comply with over subsequent weeks.

Like “Gossip Woman,” each teen-driven idea appears destined for a reboot to achieve new generations, however stretching out an idea this acquainted nearly appears like an limitless “Summer season.” In the event you’re discriminating in any respect, in different phrases, I do not know for sure however have a fairly good thought of what you will not be watching this fall.
A scene from the Syfy series 'Day of the Dead,' inspired by George A. Romero's movies.
“Day of the Useless,” in the meantime, is described as “an ode” to George A. Romero’s zombie films of yore, throwing collectively a small group attempting to outlive the early phases of the outbreak. Syfy dutifully offered all 10 episodes, however it solely took watching a number of to resolve that the world actually does not want one other zombie present proper now, even with “The Strolling Useless” (slowly) lurching towards its conclusion.

In the event you’re nonetheless studying, the motion takes place in a small city, the place one thing seems to have been unleashed on the native mine, and a mixture of teenagers and adults attempt to survive what they’re reluctant to name a “zombie apocalypse.” Varied soapy subplots increase the ample gore, however let’s face it, with this type of commodity, no person is sticking round to see if the mayor finds out that her husband’s dishonest on her.

Principally, the premieres of those exhibits — and USA/Syfy’s not too long ago launched “Chucky” collection — provide a useful reminder: whether or not it is serial killers or slavering zombies, Hollywood by no means actually will get uninterested in chewing up and spitting out outdated concepts.

“I Know What You Did Final Summer season” premieres Oct. 15 on Amazon.

“Day of the Useless” premieres Oct. 15 at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.

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