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‘Jeepers Creepers’ (2001) Movie Review


Written & Directed by Victor Salva

Starring: Gina Philips, Justin Long, and Jonathan Breck

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.

Jeepers Creepers is a fun movie if your brain is disengaged. If you’re fully functional, you’ll probably lose interest quickly. This movie has a cult following that fluffs it often. Despite the cult-level love, I was bored to tears by the end of the movie. I don’t usually find myself checking my phone for messages during a movie, but this wasn’t enough entertainment alone.

Darry and Trish Jenner (Long, Phillips) are on the way home from Spring Break when they have an encounter with an ominous and aggressive truck. The truck eventually passes them on the creepy two lane country road. The standard sigh of relief scene follows. A few miles later the siblings see the man from the truck off the side of the road dropping a body down a chute made of sewer pipe. Given the genre, the kids can’t leave well enough alone and they investigate the scene.

Despite my lack of love for the movie, I did enjoy the chemistry between Long and Phillips, The cinematographer clearly enjoys horror. The intricate crane shots above the abandoned church was impressive and gave the film an old school 70’s feel. Long and Phillips do a nice job; I could believe them to be siblings. Ultimately I was just bored with the monster and the cat-and-mouse game. We all knew one of them was going to get it. The monster itself, The Creeper, was cool but confusing. I don’t want to see a demon or monster taking so many martial arts maneuvers. It feels cheap and wholly disposable because it is. Keep searching, kids.

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2 Comments on ‘Jeepers Creepers’ (2001) Movie Review

  1. This one was definitely formulaic and I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did had it not been for the song and the closing shot. That’s what gave me chills.

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