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Jeepers Creepers 2

A movie directed by Victor Salva

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Not too much a creeper; more of a sleeper.

  • Jul 28, 2011
Rating:
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* out of ****

I figured that, since the original didn't suck, the sequel, by the same director, shouldn't be much worse. I was very, very wrong in the case of "Jeepers Creepers 2", which takes everything I liked about the first film and flushes it down the toilet; and takes everything that I despised, and obnoxiously throws it in my face.

The film is not scary. It isn't creepy. It's not even fun. These are three of the many things I anticipate in each horror film; but it's films like these that make people disrespect the genre. And believe me; horror films are most definitely my forte. But only when they know what they're doing; and only when they're GOOD at what they're doing. "Jeepers Creepers 2" is a film so bad that it deserves the cynicism of the world. I can't imagine any horror fan being impressed by its murky depths, but you never know.

The Creeper is back, and this time, he gets right back to work. He starts by killing off a young farm boy, in the film's sole entertaining moment; its prologue sequence. The boy thinks the Creeper is just another weird-looking scarecrow, but he'd be wrong. It was, in fact, everyone's favorite bat-winged-blowfish-hybrid in disguise.

And after that, it just gets bland, bland, bland. In "Jeepers Creepers", the villainous Creeper targeted a curious couple that discovered his dark secret. Now, he's well into his 23 day feast; in fact, it's his last day of glory. I'm told that the first film took place the day before this one. I guess this thing is a very hungry being; although I envy him for never gaining much weight from his feast.

He now targets a school bus filled with shirtless jocks and their preppy, annoying cheerleader girlfriends. The Creeper spikes the bus tires a couple times, causing the group to become stranded in the night. Then, the Creeper basically proceeds to pick-up-and-fly-away with every jock, homophobe, cheerleader, and football coach that he possibly can. But we don't care about the struggle of the survivors; because none of the characters are worth liking.

At least the first flick had its charms, but I still wasn't that into it. It had a very good start, and unlike this disgustingly bad piece of shit, it had potential to be something good. The dialogue wasn't as bad as the script written for this film, and the setting worked a bit better; even if it's the SAME SETTING. At least Florida was made interesting in "Jeepers Creepers". But then again, the night scenes haven't gotten any better...or any worse.

Even the people who go to horror films solely for the gore will be disappointed. No matter how violent your movie is, it can still end up being ugly, and that's the case here. "Jeepers Creepers 2", aside from its homoerotic atmosphere and distinct lack of scares and tension, also looks like it was shot where the sun don't shine. I have seen good nighttime scenes. Some of them don't look to bad. But man; these ones sure do.

Victor Salva needs to stop making these movies. Neither of them have been particularly good; and he can do better than this. "Jeepers Creepers 2" is an almost (and I take a moment to laugh as I add in that very "almost") unwatchable example of how a genre picture can go all wrong. I have no idea why Francis Ford Coppola produced it; or why anyone wanted to participate in it. I want this concept, and its villain, to make a good film. Perhaps someday it will. But until then, we put up with crap like this, I guess. When being drunk and/or stoned isn't enough to enjoy a horror movie, you've got a damn big problem. A damn big problem indeed.

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review by . February 02, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: .....     Cons: .....     The Bottom Line: ________        My first reaction is why bother? I think we were freaked out and grossed out enough the first go around. Why become redundant? Obviously it is for money only because this was the same gig on a different page. What makes it even more insulting is the inference that this is in the same time frame or week or whatever as the original film.      For …
review by . August 28, 2003
Pros: Premise is better than the previous film.     Cons: Weak story and nothing new.     The Bottom Line: Nothing worth seeing here, I would suggest waiting for the video.     A bus of teens returning from a championship game is about to make a deadly and unexpected stop in “Jeepers Creepers 2”. The film takes places days after the events in the last film, and details the demonic title character as he enters the final day of his …
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The prehistoric winged slime ball known as the Creeper is back for seconds in JEEPERS CREEPERS II, on an all-you-can-eat binge before hibernating for another 23 years. His first victim is local farm boy Billy Taggert (Shaun Fleming), whose shocked father Jack (wild-eyed Ray Wise) watches, uncomprehending, as his son disappears amidst violently rustling corn husks. The monomaniacal Taggert scours the surrounding area for clues, but the Creeper (Jonathan Breck) has moved onto its next target: a school bus full of basketball players. As jocks Jake Spencer (John Hammond) and Scott Braddock (Eric Nenninger) torment gay high school journalist Izzy Bohen (Travis Schiffner) and clairvoyant cheerleader Minxie Hayes (Nicki Lynn Aycox), the Creeper watches. When the bus breaks down on East 9 Highway, the Creeper pounces, employing supernatural olfactory powers to sniff out the morsels that suit his rather finicky tastes. Token nerd Bucky (Billy Aaron Brown) gets a radio signal over to Taggert, the bereaving dad who...
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