Jeepers Creepers (2001 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Victor Salva|
|Written by||Victor Salva|
|Music by||Bennett Salvay|
|Cinematography||Don E. FauntLeRoy|
|Edited by||Ed Marx|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Box office||$59.2 million|
Trish Jenner (Gina Philips) and her brother Darry (Justin Long) are traveling home from college for spring break. As they drive through the Florida countryside, an old and rusty truck tries running them off the road. The vehicle passes them, and they later see the truck parked next to an abandoned church, where a man (Jonathan Breck) slides what appears to be a body wrapped in bloodstained sheets into a large pipe that sticks out of the ground.
The man notices Trish and Darry are watching him, and he attempts to run them off the road a second time. After barely escaping, Darry convinces Trish to go back to the church and investigate. When Darry hears a noise coming from within the pipe he crawls inside with Trish holding on to his feet, but ends up falling in. At the bottom, he finds a dying man with stitches running down his stomach, and hundreds of other bodies. When Darry escapes the two flee the scene and attempt to contact the police at a diner. They are phoned by a strange woman who warns them that they are in terrible danger. Confused and frightened, they ignore her warning. Trish and Darry leave with two police officers providing a security escort. As they travel, the police learn that the old church has caught fire; any evidence of bodies has been destroyed. The police are attacked and killed by the mysterious driver, who loads their bodies into his truck.
Fleeing once again, Trish and Darry stop at a reclusive old woman's house, begging her to call the police. The woman complies until she notices the driver hiding in her yard. She attempts to kill him with a shotgun, but the driver kills her and pursues the Jenner siblings once again. Trish hits the mysterious driver with their car and runs him over several times, seemingly killing him. They are horrified to see a giant wing tear through his trenchcoat and flap frantically in the air. They drive to the local police station, where they are approached by psychic Jezelle Gay Hartman (Patricia Belcher). She reveals herself as the woman who called them at the diner and tells them the true nature of their pursuer: it is an ancient creature, known as "The Creeper", which hunts every twenty-third spring for twenty-three days to feast on human body parts, which become a part of its own body. She also tells them that it seeks out its victims through fear. By smelling the fear from Trish and Darry, it has found something it likes, but she does not know what.
The wounded Creeper attacks the police station and gains entrance to the cells. After feasting on prisoners to heal, it is swarmed by police but evades capture. Jezelle, Trish, and Darry attempt to escape but find themselves trapped. Jezelle warns them that one of them will die a horrible death. Darry demands to know who, and Jezelle looks at Trish. The Creeper discovers them, and they are separated. It heads toward Jezelle, sniffs her intently, lets her go, and heads off to find Trish and Darry.
The Creeper corners both Trish and Darry in an upstairs interrogation room. After sniffing and tasting them, the Creeper throws Trish aside and chooses Darry. The police burst in and take aim, and Trish offers her life for her brother's. The Creeper escapes out the window and flies away with Darry. The next day, Trish is picked up by her parents, and Jezelle returns home in regret. In its new hideout, an abandoned factory, the Creeper cuts off the back of Darry's head and takes his eyes.
- Gina Philips as Patricia "Trish" Jenner
- Justin Long as Darius "Darry" Jenner
- Jonathan Breck as The Creeper
- Patricia Belcher as Jezelle Gay Hartman
- Brandon Smith as Sergeant Davis Tubbs
- Eileen Brennan as The Cat Lady
- Jon Beshara as Trooper Robert Gideon
- Avis-Marie Barnes as Trooper Natasha Weston
- Tom Tarantini as Roach
Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 45% of 108 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 5.1/10. The sites consensus reads: "Jeepers Creepers has a promising start. Unfortunately, the tension and suspense quickly deflates into genre cliches as movie goes on." Metacritic rated it 49/100. Scott Foundas of Variety wrote that it is "the most conventional and least imaginative of the recent crop of high-class fright movies". Stephen Holden of The New York Times called it "a cannier-than-average teen horror movie" that "disintegrates into a shoot-by-numbers monster hunt". Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times wrote that the film "has the scariest opening sequence of any horror picture in recent memory" but becomes an "amusing horror-comedy, spooky and jolting but too literally preposterous to regain its initial aura of suspense." Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote that the film starts off well but quickly degenerates into cliche.
Jeepers Creepers opened in 2,944 theaters and took in a domestic gross of $37,904,175; it later made $21,313,614 internationally, making a total of $59,217,789 worldwide.
It broke the record for the highest ever Labor Day opening weekend gross. The record for Labor Day weekend four-day gross is now held by Halloween (2007). Jeepers Creepers now holds the #5 spot and the #3 spot goes to its successor, Jeepers Creepers 2.
- Nominated: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films - Saturn Award, Best Horror Film
- Nominated: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films - Saturn Award, Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Justin Long
- Nominated: International Horror Guild Award - Best Movie
- Nominated: Catalonian International Film Festival - Best Film: Victor Salva
In 2003, a sequel was released, Jeepers Creepers 2. Events in the second film take place days after the first film. The Creeper and Darry are the only characters to appear in both films, although they are not the only actors to appear in both films. In the first film, actor Tom Tarantini appears as the minor character "Austin McCoy" AKA "Roach" who is a car thief and regular in the Poho County jail. In the second film, he portrays "Coach Dwayne Barnes".
- Jersey Devil
- Spring-Heeled Jack, a supernatural creature, said to prowl Victorian England, from which the 'Creeper' in the film draws inspiration.
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- Holden, Stephen (2001-08-31). "Jeepers Creepers (2001)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
- Thomas, Kevin (2001-08-31). "Clever 'Jeepers Creepers' Pushes Too Far". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
- Bradshaw, Peter (2001-10-18). "Jeepers Creepers". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
- All Time Labor Holiday Weekends. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
- Mentioned in the directors commentary audio track, in the Jeepers Creepers DVD
- Official website
- Jeepers Creepers at the Internet Movie Database
- Jeepers Creepers at Box Office Mojo
- Jeepers Creepers at Rotten Tomatoes
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