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Jeepers Creepers (2001)

By Newguy

logoDirector: Victor Salva

Writer: Victor Salva (Screenplay)

Starring: Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck, Patricia Belcher, Brandon Smith, Eileen Brennan


Plot: On their way back home during the spring break, Darry and Patricia Jenner witness a mysterious person dumping something down a tunnel. Deciding to discover what was dumped down there, Darry discovers a huge disturbing hideout full of modified bodies. Darry and Patricia set off to get help, unaware that the individual is now aware of who has been down the tunnel. Darry and Patricia soon realizes that their pursuer is not just a mysterious person, but something even more horrifying, who has more in store than they could possibly imagine.


Verdict: Creature Feature Horror Thriller


Story: Two people this time siblings traveling along a place they don’t know creating isolation. We also get the state the obvious about not doing something and still doing it anyway. A mysterious figure introduced early adding shock value which usually gets kept for a later reveal. Even though we get to see the basic figure we don’t learn about the true motives until later in the film. Mixing this all up we get a solid horror thriller that keeps you on the edge of the seat throughout. It does push all the action around and also has moments of humor especially when the cops meet the creature. It also has brutal scenes, suspense scenes and post torture horror. I am not going to say this is the most original story but it did bring something the creature feature into the new generation using older horror techniques. (7/10)


Actor Review


Gina Philips: Trish the sister on the journey whose car the siblings are using, she plays the state the obvious character who just wants to get in the car and get out of the creatures way, but ends up following her brother. Good performance with genuine look of fear throughout. (7/10)



Justin Long: Darry the brother on the trip who curiosity gets them in trouble after they see the creature dumping bodies, he is more reckless than his sister. Good performance but in a character that has no right to make decisions he makes. (7/10)


Jonathan Breck: The Creeper the mysterious creature who travels around in a supped truck that is designed to put fear on the fellow drivers so he can select the ones he needs. (8/10)



Director Review: Victor Salva – Good creation bring a new horror creature into the mix using older horror techniques. (7/10)


Horror: Using gothic horror in the modern era we get fresh look at horror when over the top violence was taking over. (8/10)

Thriller: Good thriller that really keeps you in the edge as the creature could turn up anywhere any when. (8/10)

Settings: The isolation created even though they are in an open environment shows how lost the siblings are. (7/10)
Special Effects
: Good special effects used for some of the kills. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is for all horror fans they will appreciate the different look at horror for the modern world. (Horror Fans Watch)


Best Part: The creature being run over scene.

Worst Part: IT won’t be everyone’s taste in horror.

Kill Of The Film: The cops in the car.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one sequel

Post Credits Scene: There is one.


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $59 Million

Budget: $10 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: This fall things are getting creepy.


Overall: Good Modern Gothic Horror




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