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Jeepers Creepers

A movie directed by Victor Salva

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Jeepers Creepers, where'd you get those peepers?

  • Jul 16, 2011
** out of ****

A good idea can only go so far. The director of "Jeepers Creepers" obviously had a PRETTY good idea going when he envisioned his very own frightfest, although as the saying goes, this idea "only went so far".

To be fair, "Jeepers Creepers" goes pretty far for quite some time, but then stops past the half-way point. And I'm thinking: What the hell, I was enjoying this. And yes, I was enjoying "Jeepers Creepers", but neither the writer nor the director care; they're just making their movie. And it just doesn't work. It feels incomplete, it's never thoroughly entertaining, and it squanders a potentially exciting and interesting horror experience. I like horror movies because they can thrill me in one way or another, but this thing does nothing more than disappoint the audience that it was made for.

Trish (Gina Philips) and Darry (Justin Long) are in deep trouble. They're driving through the country-side of Florida when a creepy, old-looking truck's driver attempts to run them over with his vehicle. The two avoid their demise by allowing the truck to pass, although they end up going the same way as the driver, and they witness him dump some bodies into a pipe in the backyard of a church. Frightened but curious, the younglings wait it out until he leaves, so that they can investigate. Darry goes down the pipe and sees something truly frightening; while Trish is only allowed descriptions.

And I'm sure you too want some descriptions, so without further ado, here you go. Darry sees bodies; hollow, very much dead, and even tied together like "quilts", as Darry himself describes the sight. Scared and reckless, the siblings drive away to the nearest gas-station, call the police, and even receive a strange call from an anonymous woman who warns them of the man's true identity. Apparently, the man is a demonic force known as The Creeper. He is hungry for human flesh; fast, and with the ability to fly. How about that!

I liked the first half of the movie because the location, in the mid-day, looked like a nice place to set a horror film. But of course, when things turn to night, it just becomes another old horror set-up. You see; there's not a whole lot separating "Jeepers Creepers" from other horror movies. It's not bad, but it lacks the true horror of its subject matter as well as the wit that could have been taken out of it. The final scenes are neither scary nor particularly thrilling. In fact, it ends on a ridiculously clich├ęd note; leaving room open for the sequel, which I learn already DOES exist.

Now, I guess when it comes to reviews about movies such as this one, I must talk about the movie monster that has been brought to the screen. The Creeper is a humanoid demon that disguises itself as a human male, but is in actuality, some sort of super-ugly reptilian goblin-thing with bat wings. It lacks true characteristics as well as a personality, a motive, or anything else. We see some glimpses of its hide-out toward the end, but that tells us nothing.

In the end, "Jeepers Creepers" serves its purpose, and will impress some. It has some decent jump scenes, decent set-design, and impressive direction. But that's not nearly enough when you're trying to make a creeper; a horror movie which is almost impossible to make these days. In the end, it's just too dimwitted of a movie to match its potentially smart and entertaining premise. But you can't say they didn't try. I mean, come on; it has the titular 30's song of the same name in it. And many other classic tunes as well. So right there, you have something better-than-average, or perhaps, still average. Take it as you will.

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review by . November 16, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
JEEPERS CREEPERS had so much potential. The first fifteen or twenty minutes of the movie were enthralling. The banter between the brother and sister was great, and rather realistic and other than the profanity reminded me of conversations I have had on long drives. The way one sees the Winnebago turn a corner in the backseat window and the BEATNU truck suddenly come up behind the sibling pair is a classic piece of cinematography. The way the film continues to build up with some more DUEL-type suspense …
review by . June 10, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: he was a decent enough looking monster     Cons: probably a lot but who cares?     The Bottom Line: Why not? What else are you gonna do on a Saturday night?        Where'd ya get those peepers?   This movie is what acting is all about. Whoa there, before you look for a stake to impale me on, I didn't say there was good acting in the movie, I said it is what acting is all about. These two kids were my brother and …
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A brother and sister on spring break from college decide to take the scenic route home--an endless, desolate stretch of road through central Florida. Along the way they are run off the road by a strange truck, and later they see its driver disposing of what looks like a human body down a drainpipe near an old church. Derry (Justin Long) convinces his older sister, Trish (Gina Phillips), that they have to investigate, and despite all better judgement, they do. That's just the beginning of this wild horror film, directed by Victor Salva (POWDER). Salva keeps the audience guessing by never settling into any particular style or formula. The film veers gleefully in all directions, referencing such classics as NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, and even THE TERMINATOR, along the body-strewn way. There is no shortage of clever humor amid the shocks, gross-outs, and nail-biting suspense, and Phillips and Long exhibit a refreshingly believable brother-sister rapport. The supp...
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Director: Victor Salva
Genre: Horror
Release Date: August 31, 2001
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
Runtime: 1hr 29min
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