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Running: 91 minutes
Director: Victor Salva
Country: United States
Justin Long as Darry
Gina Philips as Trish
Patricia Belcher as Jezelle Gay Hartman
Jonathan Breck as The Creeper
Eileen Brennan as The Cat Lady
The story is about Darry and Trish, brother and sister, who are on their way home from university, driving on an almost empty road through the countryside. Suddenly this old weird truck appears behind them really upclose and tries to scare them when the truck finally passes them. Still shaking, Darry and Trish try to figure out why this person would act so strangely, but drive on normally. Suddenly they see the same truck at the end of the road next to a house, where a strange looking man is throwing, what it seems, dead bodies in sheets covered with blood out of his truck! The man looks clamly at Darry and Trish when they are passing him. Both freaked out and exactly knowing what they both saw, they start to look for Darry's phone when they see the truck driving away from the house! Trish finds the phone but the battery is dead and they can see the truck fasten getting closer! What does this person what from them? Who is this driver and what did he throw out of his truck?!
I really enjoyed the acting in this movie. Justin long plays the lead as Darry along with Gina Phillips as Trish. They play brother and sister who are on their way home when they suddenly are being chased by this driver in this old truck. I thought their acting was really good and especially in the beginning when the truck is chasing them, they looked really scared. Also later in the movie you could tell they were scared. I liked the chemistery between the both of them and it felt really believable that they are actually brother and sister, as if they know each other for years.
There are a few extra's on the DVD as commentary from the director who tells about his experience while shooting the movie and how he enjoyed working with the actors. Also there's a making off on the DVD who gives you a look behind the scenes during the filming and you see some scenes from the movie itself. Other extras are deleted scenes. Nice amount of extra's.
Jeepers Creepers is a really good horror movie when two innocent teenagers get caught up in this horror situation and are being hunted by something strange that apparently kills people. The big question is of course what or who it is and why he's after Darry and Trish. I like the movie because during the whole movie it's scary and very entertainment. You don't really know what's going to happen and it's not overly dramatic done. No big sound effects, but everything in little shock waves. I really liked that. The acting is good and that really helps with making the story believable and getting the fear across the screen. Nice movie and good amount of extras on the DVD.
I must admit that I am quite a horror buff, but due to having watched so many horror movies i've sort of gotten so used to them that they don't really scare me anymore, however I was pleasently surprised at this film as it had all the suspense and horror that i like in a film.
So this is my review for Jeepers creepers.
On the front of the dvd cover are the two main characters of the film with the title of the film.
There is also a brief review from Jonathon Ross, who say's that this film is 'terrifying, creepy and unpredictable.'
Brief description of the plot: The film starts with Trish and Darry who are brother and sister, they are driving home from college break.
Suddenly there are threatened by a mysterious man in a big, old, intimidating truck.
The man suddenly sets out to scare them and eventually kill them.
As the film goes on they realise that there is more to this mystery man than meets the eye.
Unfortunatly I don't want to say anymore without giving the plot away.
This film is not so much a horror, in the sense that there really isn't that much blood and gore, it's meant to be more like the old fashioned monster movies of the past.
Although there isn't much gore I would still warn that there are some moments that are quite disturbing in this film so if you scare easy maybe this isn't the film for you.
However if your good with these films, like me, I recommend it as it is very enjoyable.
The suspense in this film is heightened by the brilliant music that accompanies the eerie scenes.
There are many parts in this film that will make you think that the story is going a certain way and then suddenly you get completely thrown of track, by the story going a different way.
It always manages to make me jump, even though i've watched it quite a few times.
I would say the thing i like the most about it is the relationship between Trish and Darry, It was a nice change to have a non-romantic relationship, as it just made the characters stronger and more believable.
I must admit i've grown a little tiered of the girlfriend/boyfriend being terrorised by a axe weilding maniac storyline.
The cast: Trisha- Gina Phillips
Darius- Justin Long
'The creeper'- Jonathan Breck
(Executive producer- Francis Ford Coppola)
The dvd has a few special features which i think were really interesting to watch there is a six part documentry on the making of the film, however at the beggining of the documentry they do advise that you watch the film first as it contains lots of spoilers.
It also has deleted and extended scenes, photo galleries, trailers and audio commentry by the director, Victor Salva.
This is a brilliant film and i find that everytime you watch it you realise something else that you missed the first time round, so i'm giving this film a well deserved five stars for originality.
I was 13 years old and my cousin and I had managed to get a copy of Jeepers Creepers. It was my first ever horror movie and I was as nervous and scared as I was excited and thrilled.
The film is about the devastating journey home two students take from college. They see someone or something throw a body into a tube that goes into a hole. They decide to go back and check it out - not a good idea!
The film, in hindsight, was actually really rubbish. The fear comes from the tension of not quite knowing what it is or what it is going to do. Along with this the classic dark eeriness of everything and the pathetic fallacy combined with the sound effects give it a 'Creepy' and disturbing vibe.
When you do actually see the 'monster' it is a bit of a let down because it is this bat like creature that bites, rips out and eats someone's tongue. I guess they were going for the whole disgust of a cannibal but I didn't find it very good.
Anyway in terms of it being a good horror film I was actually scared at night of all the shadows for about 2 weeks so it did the job perfectly in that sense. But the story line and actual monster was not that good.
The movie had all the right camera and editing and producing as it fitten well into the genre but it was too much as though someone had read a book about how to direct a film then followed everything to conventions.
So the main reason I do not like it is the fact that there is not enough originality in it and as a whole is a bit boring
I saw this film in the cinema back in 2001, nearly 10 years ago now. How time flies!
Anyway, me and my friend went into this film not knowing a single thing about what the story was so we just took a chance as there was nothing else that appealed to us.
Well, as it turns out, our money spent on the ticket was worth it!
It's about a brother and sister travelling across the country in their car to visit their mum. There is nothing except for the occasional car that they may pass. They are surrounded by countryside and are having a peaceful drive until they are greeted rudely on their back bumper by a mad truck driver (it looks like an oversized van but I think truck is the right word) who tries to run them off the road.
Just this sequence alone had a nice build up of tension before it actually took place but you will have to watch why.
Once Derry and Trisha (brother and sister) escape the van they later pass a church but with the truck driver outside throwing in, what looks like corpses wrapped in sheets, down a pipe.
So, they go to investigate and from here on they play cat and mouse with the killer but he's not what they ever expected!
Jeepers Creepers has a nice build up of tension and this is sustained throughout the film but only up to a certain point and that's when the killer is discovered to be who or what he is.
For me, that's when the suspense stopped and some laughter kind of set in.
However, this movie tries to be different, and I applaud it for that, and when you see who or what the killer really is then it really puts a whole spin on the film.
I have never took to Justin Long as an actor, there is something about his acting that irks me. I think it's because he tends to over-act in his performances and he does that here, in an early role for him.
But to be honest, even many years later in the latest Die Hard movie, I still thought he hadn't improved.
Gina Phillips, playing Trisha, is good in the role and her character is very strong, mentally.
She overshadows her brother by being stronger as a person than him and really is the one that looks after him rather than vice versa.
The cinematography is good, about standard of any picture from the 2000's. There is nothing really distinctive about it.
The second half of the film really spins the first half on it's bottom as it turns from being suspensful to a horror action film.
Depending on your outlook, this may or may not frustrate you.
I personally preferred the first half of the film.
Nevertheless, the twist is good once you absorb things after seeing it and this is a refreshing horror film that's a bit different from all the other standard slasher films they keep churning out for the rap teen generation.
I'm recommending it but if you end up hating the last half of the film, you will probably like the first half if you are a 'Duel' fan as the truck chase scenes clearly pay homage to it!
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Jeepers Creepers remains one of the most hyped films of this decade in the horror genre, touted as "the scariest film of the last ten years" rather famously, a claim that would become more inane and laughable as the film went on, beginning as a solid suspense flick but becoming utterly ludicrous by its loony finale.
The film revolves around two siblings, Trish (Gina Philips) and Darry Jenner (Justin Long), who are returning home from University, when they are run off the road by a mysterious man in a dilapidated pick-up truck. Later on, they see the same man dumping what appears to be dead bodies down a delivery chute, and like any idiotic film characters, they decide to stop and see if they can help. While this early scene where they investigate the chute is suspenseful, it is about the time where the film begins to descend into cliched thriller territory, as we finally see what the bad guy looks like, and are supremely disappointed.
The Creeper is a winged beast, employing some fairly dodgy effects given the $2m budget, and soon enough the film de-volves into a routine slasher film where the baddie picks them off until they get bested by the good guys. The film does have one small quirk with its ending, though, which was quite downbeat.
"The scariest film in the last decade", eh? Oh, how wrong they were, even if it does have some pretty effective moments. I enjoyed this, and the ending was surprisingly bleak, but the villain was hilariously un-scary and a very poor decision that really should not have gotten through the scripting stage.
Having watched this a number of years ago, I saw the sequel the other night. It spurred me to rewatch this once again, and I'm glad I did.
What starts out as an apparent road rage movei soon descends into something altogether more sinister. Billed as a horror movie, I initially thought it was just another tense thriller, but as the violence starts to heighten, the horror aspect comes to the fore.
Essentially, it features what at first seems like a mysterious man hidden by various items of clothing, as he doggedly pursues the two youngsters who think they have run him off the road. The pace heightens, and we begin to question the human nature of the follower. It's really the suspense of the film and the fear of the unknown that is its power, and whereas this is completely lost in the second film, the sequel's plot and basic approach is a lot more appealing.
This film relies very much on the unknown to develop our heightened sense of appreciating it as a horror film. The acting is dubious, as the cast spend the whole film with their mouths open, dreading what might be round the next corner. If you haven't seen this film before, or its sequel, then it's very tense and you really don't know what to expect any more than they do.
The special effects are done cleverly, using darkness and flitting glimpses of the pursuer to frustrate in terms of finding out who or what he is. It is only towards the end of the film that the suspense is lifted and we find out the truth as to what we are faced with. The film manages to draw you in, making you feel as if you are part of it, and although it doesn't really do anything special, the twisting plot and jumpy moments do make it impressive.
I find it hard to compare this to its sequel as they are quite different in their approaches. Victor Salva takes certain elements through to the second, but relies very much on the fear of the unknown in this one, and it works very well.
Jeepers Creepers is a film I would recommend just as long as you're a horror fan. If you scare easily, this probably isn't for you. It's available from amazon.co.uk for £2.57, which is a good price for a good film. Recommended.
Jeepers Creepers was released in 2001 and written and directed by Victor Salva. The fim is only 91 minutes long and rated 15 because of strong language, violence and some bloody horror.
With a tiny budget of just over $2 million, Jeepers Creepers was a huge box office success, making nearly $60 million worldwide. MGM has announced a third film will be made, following Trisha's story with a chance of a fourth also being made.
Derry and Trish are driving back home from a break from university through the North Florida countryside. The pair play a game of guessing number plates along the way but soon a big scary looking truck comes speedy up behind them, trying to drive them off the road. After their little scare, the carry on driving as normal but soon pass the van again but see the driver throw something wrapped in bloody cloths down an old pipe.
Derry is stupid enough to go check it out, after remembering about a couple that supposedly went missing along the same highway. Trish isn't so keen though, being the sensible one, but Derry goes anyway. Once he gets down the pipe though, he gets a lot more than he bargained for.
The 'Creeper' senses they've been down there and soon begins to follow them, knowing how scared Derry is. A psychic tells teh siblings what the monster really is, and what he's after, scaring them even more but will it finally satisfy it's hunger?
Justin Long as Darius "Darry" Jenner
Gina Philips as Patricia "Trish" Jenner
Jonathan Breck as The Creeper
Patricia Belcher as Gezelle Gay Hartman
Eileen Brennan as Cat Lady
Derry and his sister Trish, played by Justin Long and Gina Philips, have fabulous on screem chemisty as siblings and to me, their relationship was very believable. To begin with they bicker and argue in the car but towards the end of the film, they show eral compassion for each other. Although Jeepers Creepers is a horror, and described as 'The best U.S horror movie of the past 10 years', Derry and Gina's characters made it lighthearted and funny in places.
Although the two leads are nice looking, I'm glad they didn't cast the obvious beauties. Both characters come across as regular people and I don't think this shows a lot of the time when astonishingly beautiful actors are cast.
I loved the idea of the monster in this film. Waht i really liked was the fact that we dont get much of an explanation about him. All we know is that he has to feed every so many years and trives on the smell of fear in his victims. Most horrors these days explain the killers' motives and background too much but I think not knowing adds to the thrill.
Although I didn't find this film exactly scary, I did find it pretty creepy and gross a lot of the time. Just thinking about the killer's lair creeps me out. I didn't think the ending was particularly predictable until about half way through when we start to hear 'Jeepers Creepers, where'd you get those peepers' quite a few times and it was certainly a different ending in comparison to your average horror.
I liked Jeepers Creepers a lot more than I thought I would have and it's now part of my collection, along with the sequel.
Not many films scare me, but at times Jeepers Creeper certainly did! This 2001 film directed by Victor Salva starts of with the chills and continues with them through out the first half of the film. I found myself watching the door and biting my nails, worrying about the characters as they evolved on the screen before me.
A brother and sister are traveling on a freeway in America, heading home from college after their first year there when they are given a dose of road rage from a fellow motorist along that deserted road. The motorist is unseen and is behind the wheel of a dirty old truck. Moments later they spot this truck parked outside a derelict church, and a figure wearing large hat and a trench coat is putting something that resembles a body wrapped in a white blanket with suspicious looking red stained down a pipe. This figure sees them watching him and stares at them, only to get back into his truck and follow them.
After he rams them off the road, the siblings watch the truck race away and the brother (Darius) decides to go and investigate what exactly this man was putting down the pipe. As you do. Once there, his sister (Patricia) helps him look down the pipe, even though this is the last thing she wants him to do - she just wants to get out of there, fearing the truck-driver's return. Something goes wrong and he slips down into the pipe and hurts himself.
Darius finds himself in the basement of the old church. Whilst trying to find a way out of the basement, he stumbles across the "something that resembles a body wrapped in a white blanket" only to find it is indeed something that IS a body wrapped in a blanket. He also discovers that the whole basement is full of dead bodies and makes a run for it, with Patricia... only to find out that the man they saw is after them, as he wants something from them, and is he a man at all..? I could tell you more, but that would just spoil it for you. What I will say is that there are plenty more chills and thrills to be had during this movie.
The acting is pretty good. Justin Long, who plays Darius, gets convincingly scared and Gina Philips, who plays Patricia is very good in her role. This is a far cry from most horror films were the acting is as wooden as a rotting stake. In 'Creepers' everyone does well. The guy chasing after them - AKA the Creeper - is plausibly creeper and actor Jonathan Breck does well, even in all the make-up (we later see him/it - you see).
Other cast include:
Patricia Belcher .... Jezelle Gay Hartman
Brandon Smith .... Sgt. David Tubbs
Patrick Cherry .... Binky Plutzker
Tom Tarantini .... Austin McCoy
It is a well-written piece - was also written by Mr Salva - and though this is a well warn method of film-making: People meet thing/man, and get hunted by creepy thing etc. It is done in a fresh way. This might be because of the direction and the general feel of claustrophobia one gets from viewing this.
I liked this a lot, particularly the beginning bit. The first forty-five minutes I was gripped, and was with Darius every step of the way as he went to investigate the body down the pipe. If I have anything bas to say I will just say that in the last bit everything seems to get a little bit silly as we find out what the man/thing chasing them actually is. But one the whole: good, and well recommended for those who like a scare, and perhaps those who daren't as well...
Written also for Ciao UK in a slightly amended version by me as Borg...
Every once in a while you come across a horror flick which admittingly at the time of watching was thrilling and scary, but after a couple months when you look back at it, you realize how empty the movie was. This is one of those movies.
Welcome to the world of Jeepers Creepers. A movie about some kind of monster who likes to harvest the organs of select people to make a "perfect" being. He also likes to hum a certain tune so that its victim will realize that they're about to become part of a greater being. A silly tune whose lyrics go
where'd ya get those peepers?"
it's ironic because towards the end of the movie somebodies eyes is this monster's target. Let's all yuckle at the irony. Done? Okay, good.
Recalling this movie now one can't help but wonder of all the weird things that didn't quite click. The people acted improperly, the situations were improbable, even given the fact we're dealing with a monster that eats other peoples organs to make it a part of itself, and the acting wasn't that great.
Still, I suppose if nothing else is in the house, and you're really asking for some kind of thrill, the movie would not disappoint.
I want to preface this with an admission of guilt. I have never seen Jeepers Creepers all the way through. Now, before you all deafen me with your cries of "why the HECK are you reviewing it then?" (assuming you actually read this). Worry ye not, true believers, I know what I am doing.
The film starts well enough, by essentially ripping off Romero's seminal Night Of The Living Dead (or at least paying homage to it, but what is the difference?). We join Justin Long and his sister Gina Philips on a long road trip home, some scary-ish stuff happens and Long ends up down a hole.
Long is competant actor, having carved the geek niche on the show Ed, who later went on to commit cine-sin by voicing Alvin in the effects laden Alvin and the Chipmunks.
The rest of the characters amble along. Most exciting though is the Creeper, shown only in flashes (from what I have seen), it makes a spooky and creative movie monster. I don't know if the Creeper is an embodiment of Salva's dark past (Salva is a convicted peadophile), a mysterious creature that preys on the young. I'm sure thats a theory that has been discussed into the ground.
Anyway, the film crawls along at a snails pace. The visuals are strong and well photographed but my attention wanes, usually, around the beginning of the third act. In much the same way I have never seen passed the boulder in Raiders Of The Lost Ark (I know its a classic, but it sends me to sleep at any time of day), it just sends me to sleep. Which is a clear criticism of the film, indeed.
On the way home from their spring break from school, Darry (Long) and Patricia (Philips) Jenner notice a mysterious man dumping something down a tunnel, they decide to investigate and discover a huge amount of disfigured and modified bodies. The duo search off to seek help completely unaware that the individual knows who has already been down there.They quickly learn that he is not just a human but something more sinister and evil...
Many people flocked to cinemas thinking that it was on of the greatest horror movies of our time, the movie provided a scary and intense atmosphere that made you feel for the 2 main characters, but also at the same time made you feel fear. The creeper brought back a new sense of scariness that was lost in the world of horror and needed to be brought back. The first half of the movie was the high point of the movie because at the beginning you have the classic scene where they nearly get smashed off of the road by the creepers truck which adds a lot of excitement because his truck is scary and gives a good element of surprise to what he can actually do.
A slight problem to the movie was that the creeper came to early and that kind of ruined a bit of the atmosphere because the movie would have been better if it came later on and introduced us to the characters a bit more.
A good movie that will be remembered by horror fans of all kind but must be known as one of the most special of its time.
(Cast overview, first billed only)
Gina Philips ... Patricia 'Trish' Jenner
Justin Long ... Darry Jenner
Jonathan Breck ... The Creeper / Bald Cop
Patricia Belcher ... Jezelle Gay Hartman
Eileen Brennan ... The Cat Lady
Director Victor Slava's deeply troubling past has been recounted elsewhere, and it may well prove too much for some folks to give him any of their time or money. His crimes aside, however, Jeepers Creepers is simply one of the finest American horror films of the past ten years. Beginning as a relentless riff on Spielberg's classic Duel, the film shifts into nightmare monster-movie half-way through, a move bemoaned by some critics, but one which I find works beautifully. The film offers absolutely no relief - its oppressive, Southern Gothic menace remains at fever pitch throughout. Several sequences linger long after the credits have been and gone, particularly those involving the Cat Lady, and that truly wicked ending. The sequel took a turn towards the Action Adventure genre, but here there are no concessions made towards anything other than white-knuckle survival horror. Two teenagers pursued by a madman. Without pause. For an hour and a half. A stunning piece of popular cinema, whatever the director's crimes.
The first fifteen or twenty minutes of Jeepers Creepers had me on the edge of my seat. I first saw it around Halloween one year at about 4 in the morning and the film grabbed me from the beginning. It didn't seem to relent as this couple of kids investigated this bizarre truck and a pipe leading into the ground. I don't think I even blinked as I watched for what was going to happen, sure I was going to jump out of my skin at any second... then the film completely changed. It got crap. There were delightful moments of originality there then it turned into a formulaic "Monster of the Week" style episode of "The X Files" without a charismatic Mulder and Scully to carry it. I couldn't believe my eyes when the transition occurred - what the hell wa going on? Had they changed writers part of the way through.I can't believe this dire movie spawned a sequel (I still haven't watched it and don't intend to) - if it was twice as good as this one it still wouldn't be worth watching. Even writing about this film irritates me. Grrrrr
Darry and Trish are two American teenagers driving home from college for a holiday. The road they are on is long and another driver in a souped-up van who they later discover disposing of what they think is a body. They decide to investigate, as only teenagers in horror movies do, and end up being terrorized by the driver, who turns out to be a supernatural being. It turns out that Darry has something that The Creeper needs [he's never named as 'The Creeper' in the film as far as I could make out, only in publicity material surrounding it]. I'm not going to ruin the ending by saying here what it is that The Creeper is after, nor how it relates to the title song 'Jeepers Creepers', but suffice it to say it does make for a surprisingly downbeat ending.
This is a perfectly good early-2000s horror movie. It's target audience of course teenagers, hence the teenage protagonists, but there is enough of a plot for a more mature, sophisticated audience to enjoy. It is nice to watch a still reasonably recent horror movie and not feel that the producers have gone overboard with the gore, which seems to happen more and more in horror movies today. The special effects are good and as already mentioned, the title song plays into the plot in an unexpected manner.
The DVD I saw was a 'vanilla' version with no special features, although I am led to believe that there is another version available which features an audio commentary by the director, Victor Salva, in addition to some deleted and extended scenes. It is worth noting that the film does not feel as if it is 'missing' any scenes in the format I saw, so these extras may be superfluous.
Gina Philips as Trish
Justin Long as Darry
Jonathan Breck as The Creeper
Written and directed by Victor Salva
Produced by Francis Ford Coppola (amongst others)
Music by Bennett Salvay
DID YOU KNOW?
The Creeper was originally going to be played by Lance Henriksen, who is perhaps most famous as Bishop in the 'Aliens' movies, and Frank Black in the 'Millennium' television series.
A second movie, set a few days later, was released in 2003, two years after the original film. It is called, quite creatively, 'Jeepers Creepers II' [note the hint of sarcasm!].
Creepers caused a big stir when it was first released with many people hailing it one of the greatest horror movies of recent years. Using the tried and trusted mythical monster story line that horror movies seem to have forgotten in favour of a few guys in masks and knives, Creepers brought new blood back into the genre.
Dont you just hate inconsiderate drivers? Trish (Gina Philips) and Darry Jenner (Justin Long) are driving back home from college and are about to encounter one of the most inconsiderate drivers in the world. Not wanting to get home fast Trish has requested they take the long way round so their journey has been a quiet, boring and uneventful one. Their sibling bickering are put on the back boiler all of a sudden when an ominous bulk of a truck suddenly drives up behind them seemingly intent on forcing them off the roads. After a tense few minutes the truck finally overtakes them and speeds off into the distance. However they see the truck again soon after as well as a man in a trench coat throwing what looks suspiciously like bundled-up bodies in sacks down a pipe next to an old church. This being a horror movie they dont do the sane thing and drive for help and this being a horror movie their cell phone is dead so what could they possibly do other then check out what the man has been dumping in the pipe? They discover a horrifying crypt like lair and, unfortunately, that same thing that lives in there is after them, ready for a new kill. Driving to get help proves fruitless however because Trish and Darry are up against something from their wildest nightmares.
Certainly this doesnt sound overly different to a whole bunch of other horror movies that weve been treated to over the years. However Creepers managed to gain a lot of praise with some people heralding it a new age in horror movies. Does it go that far? No, but there are some great moments in the film. As many people have said the first half of the film is a definite high point. The Duel-like confrontation of the truck and their little car on the old country road is very entertaining stuff. The fact that the first portion of the film is also filmed in sunlight bucks to trend of everything happening in the dark to add atmosphere to the film. As it is in daylight the truck encounters are just as good thanks to the desolate location. The scenes of the Creepers lair are chilling, creepy and very tense. The fear factor is notched up more and more throughout the film slowly as we get to see yet more grisly sights. All this happens with little shock value, no big jumps in the music and no silly things popping out of the dark, its all about a slow build up to a bigger menace. Thats when the Creeper comes into the picture a bit more.
From then on the film loses its way somewhat and, after a nice enough start, falls into the all-too predictable routine of hide and seek in the dark. The film tries to be different and it also does the trick of knowing its a film yet even though Trish exclaims that this is the part of the film where someone does something stupid and everyone hates them for it they still do all the stupid things youd expect them to do in a horror movie. They dont drive off, they keep trying to confront the Creeper and then, to top it all off, they are then trapped inside a police station and then the power goes off. All very predictable and unfortunately not done with as much style as the first part of the film.
Is the Creeper scary? Well, not really. Its very hard to be scared about something when its all too apparent its just some fancy make up. Obviously if I was faced with the Creeper I wouldnt be too happy and I doubt my nose would either but the fact is, on screen, it just looks like any other monster you would see in an episode of Buffy. A big problem with this film, I found, was the fact that the Creeper is unveiled far too early in the film. As a hooded figure he commanded some form of menace because what you dont see your imagination makes it up for you. This is the best rule of horror movies; never reveal the threat to the audience too quickly because soon the effect wears off once seen, especially as it isnt that great. As an unstoppable monster he is just another horror movie cliché. It isnt just the Creeper that doesnt pack a punch. With the latter half of the film merely content with giving shocks in short, sharp and annoying loud music type bursts the atmosphere the film was building up is shattered. We get to see yet more people making those something stupid mistakes that are all too frequent in films except this time theres no self-knowing wink about it all.
While the horror subsides over the course of the film the cast manage to do a nice job throughout all of it. As the film pretty much has Trish and Darry in every single shot it would be beneficial to get people who are up to the job and people that we didnt actually want to see die in a horrible death because, lets face it, the vast majority of horror movies have those kind of kids. Luckily Philips and Long do a play their roles well. Their relationship as brother and sister is believable enough, they argue and wind each other up but you can easily see they love each other and care about each other deep down. Long goes through the motions of the typically annoying know-it-all younger brother to scared little boy as the film goes on and Philips manages to portray fear without ear splitting screams all the time or her getting on your nerves acting like a dumb bitch. While the latter half of the film mainly consists of them running and their mouths open wide with shock the fact is that I wanted them to get out alive thanks to their performances early on which can only be a good thing. By contrast the adults in the film do not fair as well. They are often bumbling fools with little going for them, which isnt surprising seeing as the film has a tight focus on the two younger characters. However it would have been nice to have a slight balance of power between them and Trish and Darry rather than them being introduced and killed off far too quickly.
Despite its shortcomings the film doesnt quite belong on the big pile of sub-standard horror. As said the beginning of the film is nicely done and, even though the middle act is disappointing, its still enjoyable enough though without any flare. It is nice to see that, when the cops are involved, they dont dismiss them as kids who are lying/high/mad, which saves the audience the hassle of groaning when the cops dismiss their tales and then getting killed themselves. It is also good enough for a laugh and thats what horror movies are there to do if they dont scare you they can be oddly amusing and this can be, at times, tongue in cheek. The ending of the film is where it really did pick up again. Without wanting to give too much away this is where Creepers redeems itself slightly by giving us a somewhat different twist to the ending of horror movies that we are used to seeing though it still does, as ever, cry sequel.
Jeepers Creepers is a competent horror movie. You may get a few scares and it can be, at times, unsettling. However it does seem to promise that little bit more and certainly isnt the second coming of horror movies that a lot of critics will have you believe. It is, though, for the most part an entertaining little flick, which manages to stand out from the horror dross we normally tend to get. It is certainly not the pinnacle of the genre but one worthy of some attention.
JEEPERS CREEPERS IS
Fun and entertaining
Different enough at first
Complete with two likeable leads
JEEPERS CREEPERS IS NOT
Best cast for adults
Something radically new
Going to keep you awake at night
With confident style and low-budget ingenuity, Jeepers Creepers gets under your skin, provoking spine-tingling horror when college siblings Trish (Gina Philips) and Darry (Justin Long) encounter a flesh-eating demon along a barren rural highway. After a harrowing car chase that sets the movies nerve-wracking tone, they investigate suspicious activity near an abandoned church, where a corrugated pipe leads to unimaginable horrors. What follows is a cat-and-mouse game against the regenerating demon, which feeds on fear--and selected body parts--according to a psychic (Patricia Belcher) who adds chilling portent to the routine climax in a besieged police station. Writer-director Victor Salva (Powder) emphasises primal fear over logic, but plot holes are easily forgiven when you're scared out of your socks. A surprise box-office hit in late summer 2001, Jeepers Creepers will please even jaded horror fans with its back-to-basics frights. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.comOn the DVD: Jeepers Creepers on disc shows off the dark tones and menacing shadows of this urban horror road movie to great oppressive effect in this anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 widescreen special edition. The schlock-horror soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and although the film predominantly relies on back-to-basics shock tactics, the audio track handles the balance of subtle dialogue and dramatic crescendos well. The DVD is also packed full of cultish extras. There are six featurettes, which add up to about an hour of documentary footage bringing together all the aspects of the production process from audition tapes, artwork, behind the scenes stuff and even a documentary on the film's two other "stars" the twins' 1960s Impala car, and the creeper's van. There is also a healthy spattering of deleted scenes an audio commentary by writer/director Victor Salva, trailers and a photo gallery. --Kristen Bowditch END