“Jeepers creepers, where’d you get those peepers?” This song was originally cute and playful once but when it was used in the 2001 horror film Jeepers Creepers, all that changed. The film came out in a time between the Scream franchise and the Saw franchise. Masked serial killers and torture porn were the pieces of bread holding the Jeepers Creepers sandwich together, and with this interesting and entertaining entry in the horror film genre came a unique and terrifying creature, one which audiences both feared and enjoyed.
The film follows Darry (Justin Long) and Trish (Gina Phillips), two siblings coming home from college for spring break. They are run off the road by a crazed driver in a mysterious truck. They then see the same truck parked near an old church and see a creepy figure dumping what appears to be a body wrapped in a bloody sheet down a pipe in the ground. The two siblings then take it upon themselves to investigate the foul play and once they do, the “person” responsible for the foul play goes after them.
Jeepers Creepers is a quality horror film through and through. The creature is known as “The Creeper” and he (or it) is truly spooky. The makeup and costume for “The Creeper” are top notch and very realistic. The action sequences are a bit cliche but they work. There isn’t a lot of blood or in your face scares and that’s okay. This is a truly fun horror film which keeps you on your toes, makes you laugh and provides a very interesting villain.
A sequel for Jeepers Creepers followed in 2003 and that is because audiences wanted to see more of “The Creeper”. Justin Long and Gina Phillip’s performances weren’t great and the supporting cast is pretty lame but what can you do. The real highlight here is “The Creeper” and his demonic charm carries the film all the way.
Blu-ray Bonus Features
There is an audio commentary by director Victor Salva, a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted and extended scenes, a photo gallery and lastly, the original theatrical trailer for the film.