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Rated R
Copyright 2001 VCL Communications GmbH
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 29 January 2008

Capsule Review:    

A teenage boy and his sister encounter a supernatural creature that emerges from seclusion every twenty-three years to prey on people. The Creeper drives a big freaking truck and dumps bodies down a chute to its lair under a church. It is also nearly invulnerable, because the siblings attempt to take refuge in a police station and a bunch of officers learn the value of life insurance. Even multiple close encounters with a road and one of those death-dealing machines (the sister's car) that travel on them fails to stop the Creeper, though it reveals its true form: a bat-winged demon.

This film came close to being good. A couple of problems ruined the overall experience for me. The traumatized brother's tendency to "stare, slack-jawed" started to get old quickly. It seems like every time we see him, he is paralyzed with fear. The teenagers' interactions with nearly everyone, including each other, were another sticking point. Something interesting is that many of the scenes take place at night with minimal lighting. That normally drives me up the wall because I cannot see anything. Here, the poorly-lit settings add to the atmosphere.

"Jeepers Creepers" is a film that actually makes my blood run cold, but not for any of the reasons you might expect. To understand why it frightens me, you need to know some background information. The writer/director is Victor Salva, who also directed the movie "Clownhouse" (1989) and sexually molested the twelve-year-old male star of that movie. Salva videotaped the sexual abuse and served time in prison for his crimes. Knowing that, take another look at "Jeepers Creepers." Victor Salva, a child molester, wrote and directed a movie about a demonic creature that pursues a young man (including sniffing the teenager's underwear) and, despite the best efforts of the police, succeeds in taking the terrified boy away to do as he pleases with him. That is frightening.

Oh, and don't forget the dainty little rose tattoo wrapped around the teenage boy's bellybutton. Yet another troubling inclusion when you consider Salva's sexual appetites.

Things I Learned From This Movie:  

Green Dot Rubbernecking is always a bad idea.
Green Dot In addition to flashing lights, police cars should be equipped with Claymore mines.
Green Dot The best way to find an organ donor is by sniffing their dirty laundry.
Green Dot Psychics experience the Reader's Digest version of the future.

Stuff To Watch For:  

Green Dot 9 mins - Are the both of you nine or nineteen?
Green Dot 42 mins - It is rather obvious that the Creeper has never seen a Vaseline Intensive Care ad in his life.
Green Dot 62 mins - The more I watch this movie, the more I think the male lead was hired for his vast repertoire of looks of abject terror.
Green Dot 72 mins - "Everybody look out! We have a bungie-jumping bogey on deck!"

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Re: Jeepers Creepers
Reply #1. Posted on January 29, 2008, 07:18:55 PM by Mr. DS
The male lead in this film deserves an award for being the perfect fodder. 
Re: Jeepers Creepers
Reply #2. Posted on January 29, 2008, 07:39:06 PM by akiratubo
I really like Jeepers Creepers.  Maybe I'm naive, but those parts of the movie that could be taken as veiled pedophilia are presented as horrible, awful things and what is played up most is Darry's fear and suffering.  I don't get the feeling that Salva was making a movie for pedos to get off on.

(Jeepers Creepers 2, on the other hand, has so many shots of shirtless young boys peeing, playfighting, getting killed, etc. that I have to conclude he made it just to p**s off the people who said JC was a pedo movie.)

The Creeper was a genuinely scary monster (and he drove an old, suped up delivery truck!  How cool is that?).  I was diappointed when they made it immortal in the sequel.  In this movie, it is clearly mortal but the characters just can't do enough damage to it.
Re: Jeepers Creepers
Reply #3. Posted on January 29, 2008, 08:26:14 PM by Jack
I thought the first half was pretty good, building a great deal of suspense and introducing fairly likable characters.  It sort of fizzled in the second half as the suspense aspect all but disappeared and that fat woman telling the legend of it was just plain stupid.
Re: Jeepers Creepers
Reply #4. Posted on January 29, 2008, 08:55:58 PM by Ash
I liked the first Jeepers Creepers and had that song in my head for hours after I first saw it.
One thing I didn't like was the kid's name.
Throughout the entire movie, I thought he was named after the food group.
You know...Dairy.
It never occurred to me that it could be spelled Darry.    TeddyR
Re: Jeepers Creepers
Reply #5. Posted on January 29, 2008, 09:59:42 PM by AnubisVonMojo
The thing about Victor Salva is that, as a pedophile, there's a 90% chance he was also a victim when he was a kid. Clownhouse and Jeepers Creepers don't come off as "this guy's a pervert making porn for himself", so much as they seem more like this guy putting his own painful, terrible experiences to film. An alternative form of self-therapy funded by studio money. Obviously this doesn't excuse or condone the guy's f*cked up crimes, it's more a defense of the movies than the man.

Of course, if it turns out the guy had a completely normal childhood and was never victimized himself, then it's time to start boycotting...
Re: Jeepers Creepers
Reply #6. Posted on January 29, 2008, 11:39:31 PM by indianasmith
I saw this movie when it first came out on video and it creeped me out, BIG TIME!!!!

The scene where they see the Creeper dumping bodies down the shaft by the old church is still one of the scariest scenes I have ever watched in any move, PERIOD.
Re: Jeepers Creepers
Reply #7. Posted on January 30, 2008, 10:29:44 AM by JPickettIII
I watched this movie and I thought that for the most part it was good.  I did think that the guy; "Darry"; was a little bit of a puss.  But his sister made up for that.  The creature was scary.  Imagine something that is almost unstopable chasing you, an no one can help you.  That is pretty scary.

I did not know that the director was a pedophile when he made this movie, that does not change the fact that this was a decent movie.  I will admit that eventhough Micheal Jackson is a pedophile, I still like his music.  I just do not condone what he does in his persona life, the same goes with this movie.

If a person wanted to psychoanalyze this movie, it could be a pedophile's fantasy of a young boy that is in danger and there is no that could save him from the terrible person or beast.  But honestly, as I reflect back on the movie, I saw it as a new twist.  A male is the target of the horrible beast and the woman is the strong half.  If you were to look back at a lot of these types of movies, who is the one being chased?  The woman.  Who is the one being the hero, the man.  I thought it was a nice twist.

Now with Jeepers Creeper's II, I will say that this movie was a little more focused on the young male side.  There could be a lot of reasons for this.  But I think that is another topic in the forum. 

But I will say that the end of the first Jeepers Creeper's did not necessitate a second movie.  I think that they ruined it by making the monster immortal.  And at the end, I would have done something different, instead of waiting for the monster to come back to life so I could harpoon it, I would have buried in in a big slab of cement and buried the cement slab in a deep hole.

My two cents.

Re: Jeepers Creepers
Reply #8. Posted on January 30, 2008, 12:17:09 PM by HarlotBug3
I don't give much air time to complaints of 'bad endings', but this movie was a rare inverse; the first quarter or so got me ready for a good, even great movie...then it let me down farther...and farther. Now that I know the filmaker's history, I suppose I can 'understand' the themes and scenes etc. It doesn't change the terribly abrupt change from suspence, to horror, to action, to laughable cheese.

Ultimately it's a B movie that hurts even worse for getting your hopes up.

Don't bother.
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