Jeepers Creepers 2

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Jeepers Creepers 2
Jeepers Creepers 2.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Victor Salva
Produced by Tom Luse
Written by Victor Salva
Music by Bennett Salvay
Cinematography Don E. FauntLeRoy
Edited by Ed Marx
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • August 29, 2003 (2003-08-29)
Running time
104 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $17 million[2]
Box office $63.1 million[2]

Jeepers Creepers 2 is a 2003 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva, produced by American Zoetrope, Capitol Films, Myriad Pictures and distributed by United Artists, a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer division. The film is a sequel to the 2001 horror film Jeepers Creepers. Francis Ford Coppola executive produced the film.


Three days after the events of the first film, a young boy named Billy Taggart (Shaun Fleming) assists his father in erecting scarecrows throughout a corn field. When one of the scarecrows suddenly moves he notices the talons on its feet and runs back towards the farm yelling for help, but the scarecrow leaps into the air and lands on top of him. As his father, Jack Taggart Sr. (Ray Wise), and his older brother, Jack Taggart Jr. (Luke Edwards), rush to his aid the scarecrow drags Billy through the field, before sprouting wings and flying off.

The following day (Day 23), a school bus carrying a high school basketball team and cheerleaders back from the state championships suffers a blowout. The chaperons inspect the tire, which they discover has been torn apart by a hand-crafted shuriken made of bone fragments. Back on the Taggart farm, Jack Jr. finds a dagger left by The Creeper. When his father inspects it, it inexplicably flies out of his hand on its own accord.

With the bus back on the road Minxie (Nicki Aycox), has a vision of Darry Jenner (Justin Long), The Creeper's victim from the first film; as well as Billy Taggart, who both attempt to warn her about The Creeper. She then witnesses the Creeper blow out another tire, leaving them stranded alongside the road. They manage to flag down a passing car, whose occupants promise to notify the authorities. As the head coach, Charlie Hanna, lays flares across the road the Creeper quickly swoops down and grabs him, flying off unnoticed.

The bus driver, Betty Borman, becomes worried and orders everyone back on the bus before the Creeper flies off with her as well. When the assistant coach Dwayne Barnes returns to the bus, to ask the students what they saw he is grabbed by The Creeper, and the teammates frantically try to save him, but to no avail. After hearing police reports on two abductions on East 9, Jack Sr. and Jack Jr. go to investigate.

On the bus, Scotty debates with the others on whether they should leave the bus or not, resulting in an argument with teammate Deaundre "Double D" Davis. The Creeper returns to the bus, and manages to jam the doors. After the Creeper leaves, Minxie passes out and has another vision in which Darry warns her that every 23rd spring for 23 days The Creeper eats people before going back into hibernation. Minxie informs them that its last visit was purely to pick out who it wanted.

En route to the bus, the Taggarts find the car from one of the passers-by which has crashed into a tree, the roof having been peeled off, and the occupants missing. He radios the students, who are ecstatic about imminent rescue, however, this is short-lived as the Creeper manages to punch through the roof of the bus and grabs Andy "Bucky" Buck by the head. Rohnda impales the Creeper through its eye with a metal pipe, and The Creeper manages to pull it out, ripping off a portion of its head in the process. When the Creeper tries to fly away, it falls back down, landing on the roof of the bus. The Creeper is presumed dead, but it wraps one of its wings around Dante, decapitates him, and consumes his head before flying off again. Scotty manages to pry the doors open and conflict arises again when he suggests throwing its targets off the bus. The students use this opportunity to leave the bus, but the Creeper returns and chases them across the field, striking Jake in the head with a shuriken and pinning Scotty to a tree with a dagger. Double D, Rohnda, and Izzy attempt to help Scotty, but just as they remove the dagger, the Creeper grabs him and flies away.

Bucky and two other students, Chelsea and Johnny, get back to the bus, but the Creeper grabs Bucky by the head again. When Taggart arrives with Jack Jr. and Minxie, who they managed to find along the way, he spears the Creeper using a homemade harpoon-like weapon he equipped his truck with. However, the Creeper removes the harpoon from its torso and throws it back towards the truck, almost impaling Taggart's son. Taggart reloads the weapon and once again spears the Creeper, who destroys the bus and Taggart's truck; however the weapon is left intact.

Double D, Rhonda, and Izzy find the truck they saw earlier, but the driver is missing, presumably killed by the Creeper. Izzy and Rhonda get in the truck and Double D jumps in the back when the door handle breaks. They drive away with The Creeper in close pursuit and Double D attempts to shoot it with a flare gun. As a last resort, Izzy drives back onto the fields, pushes Rhonda out of the truck, and slams on the brakes. The Creeper flys through the window and the truck flips over, throwing Double D across the field. Double D, having an injured leg, attempts to crawl from the wounded Creeper, but The Creeper pins him down. Before it can attack him, Taggart, his son, and the students from the bus arrive and shoot it in the head with the harpoon. Taggart repeatedly stabs it, and the Creeper stares up at him in anger as its face closes. Minxie explains that it is not dead, only gone into hibernation for another 23 years.

Twenty-three years later, a group of teenagers drive to Taggart's farm, where the Creeper is a sideshow attraction known as the 'Bat Out of Hell'. They are greeted by Jack Taggart Jr. (now bearing a scar across his nose from his encounter with the Creeper). When the teenagers ask where the Creeper came from, Jack Jr. unable to answer, simply replies, "My dad killed it." He leads them into the barn, where the lifeless Creeper is tied to the wall. An elderly Taggart Sr. is sitting in an armchair, armed with the harpoon gun, and patiently watching the Creeper. He warns the teenagers not to touch the decaying corpse and when asked if he's waiting for something, Taggart looks up at the Creeper and says, "About three more days, give or take a day or two."



Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 23% of 122 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 4.2/10. The site's consensus reads: "Jeepers Creepers 2 is competently made, but it doesn't have the scares of the original."[3] Metacritic rated it 36/100 based on 29 reviews.[4] Andy Klein of Variety wrote, "Few things are scarier than a sequel to a bad movie, but, in fact, Jeepers Creepers 2 is substantially better than its predecessor, even while staying strictly within the genre's well-defined boundaries."[5] Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "The sequel has got the creepy bits down cold but lacks a fair share of scares."[6] Roger Ebert, writing for The Chicago Sun-Times, rated the film one out of four stars and said, "Victor Salva's Jeepers Creepers 2 supplies us with a first-class creature, a fourth-rate story, and dialogue possibly created by feeding the screenplay into a pasta maker."[7] In The New York Times, Dave Kehr wrote that creature lacks personality when the concept is retooled into a film series.[8] Gene Seymour of the Los Angeles Times wrote that the sequel lacks the mood of the first film, and the teen protagonists are too annoying to draw the audience's sympathy. However, Seymour praised Wise's performance.[9] In a positive review, Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club called it "the rare sequel that's not only bigger than its predecessor, but also better".[10]

Box office[edit]

Jeepers Creepers 2 opened in 3,124 theaters and had a U.S. domestic gross of US$ 35,667,218. Other international takings were $27,435,448, and the worldwide gross was $63,102,666, slightly higher than the original.[2]


  • Nomination – Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
  • Nomination – Saturn Award Best Horror Film
  • Nomination – Motion Picture Sound Editors: Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in a Feature Film (David Bondelevitch and Victor Salva)


A sequel, the third film in the series, titled Jeepers Creepers 3, is being developed, and the director expects it leads up to a TV show,[11] despite initial news that a fourth movie was also being developed.[12]


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  2. ^ a b c Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003) - Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ "Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Jeepers Creepers II". Metacritic. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ Klein, Andy (August 28, 2003). "Review: 'Jeepers Creepers 2'". Variety. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ Rechtshaffen, Michael (August 29, 2003). "Jeepers Creepers 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 14, 2006. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ Ebert, Roger=authorlink=Roger Ebert (August 29, 2003). "Jeepers Creepers 2". The Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 28, 2015 – via 
  8. ^ Kehr, Dave (August 29, 2003). "Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)". The New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ Seymour, Gene (August 29, 2003). "Unnecessary sequel creeps in once again". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ Rabin, Nathan (September 2, 2003). "Jeepers Creepers 2". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ UHM - Upcoming Horror Movies | Movie | Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral
  12. ^ MGM Wants 'Jeepers Creepers' Sequels Shot Back-to-Back?

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