Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Director: Victor Salva

Writer: Victor Salva

Composer: Bennett Salvay

Starring: Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck, Patricia Belcher, Brandon Smith, Eileen Brennan, Peggy Sheffield, Jeffrey William Evans, Patrick Cherry, Jon Beshara, Avis-Marie Barnes

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Fear takes a road trip.

Plot: A brother and sister driving home for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature in the isolated countryside that is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yeah, I think so but with a group next time.


I'm shocked.  I actually liked it.  Most of the modern Hollywood horror films like this are nothing more than a one trick pony with a crapload of jump scares and dumb as shit characters.  Not this one.  It's remarkable how long it's just these two kids at the beginning of the film...and they carry it well, especially Justin Long.  Gina Philips yells and screams to much as the film progresses and she comes across as not having the acting chops the other actors have.  But that first half hour is really well done, relying on just these two actors plus the unseen evil. I'm so thrilled that Salvo doesn't have any credits at the beginning of the film because it took me a couple of seconds to realize (with just her voice and unseen face) that it was Eileen Breenan.  What a welcome surprise that was.  At first when the kids end up at the police station I started to not dig it so much but then the assault began and everything was groovy.  And the ending! Fucking nice!  It's too bad The Creeper didn't take Trish (Philips), too, but I was happy and pleased that the psychic, Jezelle (Belcher), didn't snuff it, a character that's almost always killed in these types of pictures.

That sumbitchin' thing's got wings?  Fuck yeah!  It's a pretty badass looking creature.  I've got the second film with the set but I'm on the fence whether I should watch it or not.  Is it worth it?  Hell, I watch shit all the time but I'm starting to get discouraged from modern horror because it seems like there's hardly a director out there that isn't worth his/her salt because all they do is fill their pictures with cheap ass jump scares. I've got the MGM DVD double feature set with the second film.  The extras on this one are slim.  It's just a commentary with Salva and the always lame cast & crew filmographies.  Commentaries are always welcome in this house.

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