Most of us know that this 90s teen scream is an adaptation from the 1973 Lois Duncan novel of the same name.
But did you know there was an urban legend long before this lovely YA novel? It’s first known publication was in the advice column “Dear Abby:”
Dear Abby: If you are interested in teenagers, you will print this story. I don’t know whether it’s true or not, but it doesn’t matter because it served its purpose for me: A fellow and his date pulled into their favorite “lovers lane” to listen to the radio and do a little necking. The music was interrupted by an announcer who said there was an escaped convict in the area who had served time for rape and robbery. He was described as having a hook instead of a right hand. The couple become frightened and drove away. When the boy took his girl home, he went around to open the car door for her. Then he saw—a hook on the door handle! I will never park to make out as long as I live. I hope this does the same for other kids. —Jeanette
You COULD watch the Joshua Jackson-starrer Urban Legend instead of IKWYDLS, but why sacrifice J-Love’s smell-the-fart-acting?