Roger Ebert described Jeepers Creepers 2 as a film “with a first-class creature, a fourth-rate story, and dialogue possibly created by feeding the screenplay into a pasta maker.” I haven’t seen Jeepers Creepers 2, but this certainly applies to the first film. Is it fun? Sure. Is it good? No.
So it goes that Justin Long and his sister are driving home from college for spring break when they’re attacked by the truck from Duel. They get away, but later see a man with the truck dumping a body. Justin Long, being a moron, convinces his sister to drive back there to check it out. He finds hundreds of bodies in the basement, and learns they’ve attracted the attention of the Creeper, a kind-of cockroachy creature which, once every 23 years for 23 days, goes on a killing spree. Whatever it eats becomes a part of it. You know, like “Jeepers, creepers, where’d you get those peepers?”
And how’s the film? Okay, got some good “action” and some unscary “horror;” some good creature effects and some bad CG. Some dated gore effects, some unconvincing acting, and more than one scene of Justin Long shirtless.
The Creeper is a bit underdeveloped, and he’s not scary, but he’s got a cool look and a cool mythology behind him.
The film as a whole has very little plot. Basically, Long and his sister run away, until Long gets killed at the end. The End. It’s super, super derivative, relying almost entirely on cliches, and lacking a lot of its own identity outside of the Creeper. A generic, unspectacular genre film that is ultimately only minimally entertaining with a nonetheless fantastic creature, Jeepers Creepers earns a C.
Sorry, didn’t really have much to say about this. Don’t think anyone has much to say about Jeepers Creepers. Be back soon with more words on Halloween: H20 and Halloween: Resurrection. And boy, do I have words for Halloween: Resurrection.
But until then, adios, amigos.