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Due to the negative critical reaction to the film upon its release, Freddie Prinze Jr. admits that he has never seen the film because of its reputation.
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Scheduling conflicts with Dawson's Creek (1998), The Faculty (1998), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), and gearing up to direct Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999) prevented Kevin Williamson from writing the screenplay for both this film and Scream 3 (2000) after having written their predecessors.
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The character of Karla Wilson was originally intended to be a Caucasian girl, until Brandy auditioned and won the role.
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Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Muse Watson are the only actors to reprise their roles from the previous film, with Sarah Michelle Gellar only reappearing as Helen Shivers via a photograph.
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In the script, Nancy's character description is "NANCY, looks just like Jennifer Esposito".
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Film debut of Matthew Settle and Brandy Norwood in her first theatrical release as Cinderella (1997) was a made-for-television production.
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Mekhi Pfeifer appeared as "the boy" in the music video to Brandy's song "The Boy Is Mine" that she did a duet with Monica the same year.
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Trey Callaway's script was originally published in an edited "young adult" format, leaving in all descriptions of violence but omitting the harsher language.
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Teaser trailer featured Rosemary Forsyth as a psychiatrist counselling Julie, telling her there is no man with a hook before the killer bursts through the mirror.
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There are two distinct teaser trailers to this film. One is the more prominent teaser, in which Julie is at her therapist's office recalling the events of the first film. The other teaser trailer features Julie visiting a confession booth at church, in which the scene reveals Ben Willis in place of the priest, saying "I still know....", which causes Julie to scream. The church scene trailer was released first before the therapist office version, and has since been lost. A search on YouTube shows no posting of this version.
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Early promotional material, including the theatrical trailer, credit Stephen Gaghan as co-writer of the screenplay. In the final credits, only Trey Callaway is credited.
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While the film is set in The Bahamas, it was actually shot at: El Tecuan Marina Resort Costalagree, in Jalisco, Mexico; Los Angeles, California; and Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.
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The film's budget is sometimes incorrectly listed as 65 million. The actual budget was 24 million and only amounted to the former number after promotional material, theatre rentals, and other hidden costs post-shooting.
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While filming the scene in the movie where the Fisherman traps Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) in the tanning bed, actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is supposed to react with fear and anxiety. Jennifer's mom was on set that day and realized the reason Jennifer wasn't in character was because she had passed out.
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Brandy Norwood is only 10 days older than Jennifer Love Hewitt in real life.
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The black and white film shown on the small television is, "Curse of the Demon"(1957).
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The fate of Nancy (Jennifer Esposito) and Karla (Brandy Norwood), in the scene where they retrieve the first aid kit, initially was reversed with Karla dying and Nancy surviving.
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A sequel, I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006), was announced in 2000, and was originally meant to star survivors Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brandy Norwood and Freddie Prinze Jr. again. However, the film was left alone for a while and the original script, which involved Jennifer, Brandy and Freddie, was scrapped and a whole new script was written. Despite the script being rewritten, Hewitt was rumored to have a cameo appearance in the new sequel, but never made it.
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In the original script, Ben had an extra line of dialogue after being shot by Julie, he said "I'll always be with you Julie" whilst falling into the grave, also, the dirt around the grave caved in burying him, this kind of implies that he would have returned for I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006). You can see the dialogue in the films screenplay published by Archways Paperback in pocket book form. There are other tiny omissions in the screenplay as well.
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Body Count: 10 - Dave, Darick, Olga, Titus Telesco, Hotel Manager, Tyrell, Estes, Nancy, Will Benson, and Ben Willis.
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Brandy's second time playing a character that won a fixed radio contest. Once in this film and a second time in Double Platinum (1999) in the following year.
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Estes says to Will about his job, "I've been doing this since before you were a dream in your father's eye", foreshadowing that he knows Will is the son of Ben Willis.
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