Jeepers Creepers title

Tag Line : Evil is Right Behind You!

Jeepers CreepersAlso known as "Jeepers Crappers" this film was released to UK cinemas in October 2001 with the modest advertising slogan "The Best Horror film in the Last 10 Years". Well I don't know which reviewer wrote that, but whatever medication they are taking I would suggest they reduce the dosage!

Anyway, the film follows brother and sister, Darry and Trisha Jenner (played by Justin Long and Gina Philips respectively) who are travelling the long country back roads on their way home from university. On the way, they happen to see a mysterious figure dumping, what appears to be, a body down a well in the grounds of an old derelict church. They initially decide to ignore what they saw, but are later run off the road by the mysterious person who's driving a turbo charged old farm truck.

After getting their car back on the road they decide to go back and see what exactly he was upto. Having climbed down the well, to their horror they discover an underground chamber filled with preserved bodies, adorning the walls and ceiling. They get the police involved, but unfortunately their troubles don't end there, as whilst being escorted out of harms way, the man-in-the-van comes back and quickly makes mincemeat of the cops. However this is no ordinary psycho, it turns out that the mysterious character is actually some sort of winged demon that feeds on human body parts and has them in mind for his next meal.

If at this point you were thinking this sounds like a cross between Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Pumpkinhead, you would be absolutely correct. I was hoping the plot would actually get going now having spent the previous 45 mins of the film establishing the characters and basic plot with overly long, drawn out, protracted scenes of the two main protagonists driving through the countryside. But no, even more long winded boredom was to follow, as they spend the remainder of the film needlessly stopping and starting every 5 mins as they attempt to get more help, resulting in about 30 seconds worth of action and half an hour of pointless conversation each time.

Having completely ripped off "Pumpkinhead", along with elements of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", and even "Duel", throughout the film, it then shamelessly goes onto rip off the police station shootout from "Terminator", and just when I thought the film was about to get interesting it ended abruptly, culminating in an extremely downbeat ending which I didn't enjoy at all. So much for this being an updated version on the classic old monster stories, it's just a pity the director decided to waste so much time establishing the characters and its central premise, when he should have been advancing the plot. Another good idea wasted!

Overall Marks : 3/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • "Alternate tag lines "WhAT's EATing you?", "A nightmare cloaked in rags."," The Tastiest Horror Film of the Year!", "Get a Taste of the Year's Best Horror Film!", "You Are NOT What You Eat...", "He's watching... He's waiting... He's hungry...", "Things are gonna get creepy..."

  • Director Victor Salva also directed the film "Powder". He can be seen making a cameo appearance in the film as one one bodies in the Creeper's "House of Pain".

  • The part of the Creeper was originally written for Lance Henricksen, which is kind of interesting as he also starred in "Pumkinhead" (which this film blatantly rips off). However, the role of the Creeper eventually went to "Jonathon Breck".

  • The films budget was $10 million.

  • Gina Philips and Justin Long were not allowed to meet Jonathan Breck before filming in order to get a true reaction from them when they actually did see him with his full costume and makeup on.

  • Cult director Francis Ford Coppolla worked on the film as a producer.

  • Johnathon Breck (the Creeper) also appears as the bald headed policeman in the sheriff's station at the end.

  • The gearstick in the car Trish and Darry use appears to switch between being a standard floor mounted gearstick, to a steering column mounted gearstick between shots.

  • There was an alternate ending filmed, which was ultimately not used for the films theatrical release. In this, the end scene of the theatrical version is extended and we see that the whole movie was actually just a story being told by a chap named Gary to his girlfriend Lisa (also played by Justin Long and Gina Philips), who have been camping. She says she doesn't believe his "ghost stories" and they leave to catch a bus on the main road. But instead, they decide to hitchhike and get picked up by the Creepers truck. As they drive off, the song "Jeepers Creepers" starts to play on the radio. Pity they didn't use this ending, as it sounds a lot more lighthearted.

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