The main problem with Jeepers Creepers is that the song is about as
ridiculously un-scary as you can get, and you can't help but hum it to
yourself throughout the picture.
I'm not sure how they missed this one in development.
Music can make a movie scary. A few piercing piano notes and you have
Halloween's eerie/spooky/freaky theme. A deep base line back and forth
you become so afraid of the water, you hesitate to take a bath. But
Creepers? Most of the songs from Muppets Take Manhattan are more
than Jeepers Creepers.
So there's one strike against it.
The second problem is the tag line. "Jeepers Creepers: What's eating
But we're all singing the song, and that's not the line in the song. It
should be "Jeepers Creepers: Where'd you get those peepers?" Not quite
scary, but so much more true to the song. And let's face it, is there
other reason for naming a horror film Jeepers Creepers other than taking
advantage of the song? It's not like they're falling over each other to
"The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy From Company B" into a horror franchise.
And now, the actual movie.
Wanna get real scared? Go see the first half of Jeepers Creepers, then
out and make up your own second half of the film. Don't let them start
explaining what is actually going on, because it ruins what was promising
be a truly terror-inducing experience.
The movie opens with suggestive questions. Who is in that truck? What
they shove down the pipe? What is in the pipe? Why are the leads
going back to look into the pipe? (That's more of a "Doh! Idiots!"
than anything else.) What is that noise? Why am I so scared?
The second half of the movie is filled with let downs. What was the
of that character? Why isn't anyone being smart? Is that really what
has all been about? Can I get my money back?
The first half of the film had me jumping, screaming, biting my nails,
an all-around pussy. The second half of the film made me feel personally
slighted. As if the director of the film came by my house and ate all
good cheese and laughed at my collection of Huey Lewis memorabilia. It
a bad taste in my mouth, the kind you get when you're told that whatever
was you just ate, it certainly wasn't ham.
The entire film is a set up for a bad pun. We, the audience, are the
It's an outrage.
It's also a true shame because the first half of this movie is scary.
because you can believe it. It's based in reality. A sick, twisted,
Then it becomes a really silly monster movie. And like Jenny McCarthy,
it's taken off its clothes and shown you the goodies, there really isn't
reason to stick around.
What's it about? Well, there's this brother and sister who are driving
from school for spring break. Then they almost get run over in an homage
Steven Spielberg's Duel. Then they see said homage parked by an old
building, with the driver of said homage dumping what looks like bodies
what looks like a large pipe. Then the homage comes after them again.
they escape from the homage. And then, for God knows what reason, they
decide to go look down the pipe. It is at this point that you may bonk
forehead with the character's stupidity. Any movie that relies on the
of it's characters to move the story along is a lazy, bloated chop-job.
But it's still scary. Oh yes. It is still scary.
But do yourself a favor. As soon as the brother and sister start running
into people who aren't dead, dying, or trying to kill them, leave.
your signal that the movie is about to get lame. Especially once the
rings. Huge cue to walk out. Huge.
Jeepers Creepers gets all sorts of ratings. Part 1 gets 3 3/4 Babylons.
Part 2 gets 1 1/2 Babylons. The movie as a whole gets 2 1/4 Babylons.
could have done much better. But then, it was probably doomed the moment
they chose Jeepers Creepers over Itty Bitty Pretty One for the title.
But I'm not quite sure why, on IMDB, it says that if you liked this
they also recommend Rain Man. Don't get that at all.
I saw this movie with the SMC in one of those theatres where to seat arms
up and it's one big couch -- bad idea. The word pussy doesn't even begin to
Directed By: Victor Salva
Starring: Gina Philips, Justin Long and Jonathan Breck. If you get to
Patricia Belcher or Eileen Brennan, you've gone too far and have only
yourself to blame.