Jeepers Creepers (2001 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Victor Salva|
|Produced by||Tom Luse
Francis Ford Coppola
|Written by||Victor Salva|
|Music by||Bennett Salvay|
|Cinematography||Don E. FauntLeRoy|
|Edited by||Ed Marx|
|Distributed by||United Artists (USA)
Lions Gate Entertainment (UK)
|Running time||91 minutes|
Two siblings, Trish (Gina Philips) and her brother Darry (Justin Long) are on their way back home from college for spring break. As they drive through the Florida countryside, an old and rusty truck tries to run them off the road. The vehicle eventually passes them, and they later see the same truck parked next to an old abandoned church with a man sliding what appears to be a body wrapped in blood stained sheets into a large pipe sticking out of the ground.
The driver notices Darry and Trish watching him, and 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 something coming from within the pipe, he crawls inside with Trish holding on to his feet, but ends up falling inside. At the bottom, he finds a dying man with stitches running down his stomach and hundreds of bodies sewn together covering the basements walls and ceiling. Darry escapes and 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, but 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 gone up in flames, and all evidence of any bodies has been destroyed. They are then attacked and killed by the mysterious driver, who loads the policemen's 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 tries to kill him with a shotgun, but the driver kills her and pursues Trish and Darry once again. Trish manages to hit the mysterious driver with their car, running him over several times, and seemingly killing him. However, 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 and are approached by psychic Jezelle Gay Hartman. 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 23rd spring for 23 days to feast on human body parts which, upon consumption, form parts of its own body. She also tells them that it seeks out its victims through fear, and that 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, and after feasting on prisoners to heal, he is swarmed by police. Meanwhile, Jezelle, Trish and Darry attempt to escape but find themselves trapped. Jezelle warns that one of them will die a horrible death, while the song "Jeepers Creepers" plays on a phonograph in the background. Darry demands to know who, and she looks at Trish. The three are then discovered by the Creeper, and are separated. The Creeper heads towards Jezelle and sniffs her intently, but lets her go, and heads off to find Trish and Darry.
After a lengthy chase, 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 tries to reason with it, offering to give her life for her brother's, however, the Creeper escapes out the window, flying away with Darry. The next day, Trish, contemplating Darry's fate, is picked up by her parents, and Jezelle returns home in regret.
The final scene shows the Creeper in its new hideout, an abandoned factory, where the audience can hear Darry's screams echoing in the background, and finally learns what the Creeper wanted: by ripping out the back of Darry's head, it has taken his eyes. The film ends with The Creeper leering at the audience, through Darry's empty eye socket, while "Jeepers Creepers" plays in the background.
- 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 & Horror Films - Saturn Award Best Horror Film
- Nominated: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Justin Long
- Nominated: International Horror Guild - IHG Award Best Movie
- Nominated: Catalonian International Film Festival - Best Film: Victor Salva
Jeepers Creepers 2
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".
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- Thomas, Kevin (2001-08-31). "Clever 'Jeepers Creepers' Pushes Too Far". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
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- All Time Labor Holiday Weekends. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
- Official website
- Jeepers Creepers at AllMovie
- Jeepers Creepers at the Internet Movie Database
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- Jeepers Creepers at Rotten Tomatoes
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