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
Starring
Music by Bennett Salvay
Cinematography Don E. FauntLeRoy
Edited by Ed Marx
Production
company
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,[3] 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. The sequel to Jeepers Creepers 2 will be released in 2017.

Plot[edit]

Three days after the events of the first film, a young boy named Billy Taggart is helping his father to erect scarecrows throughout a corn field. As Billy makes his way through the field, movement from one of the scarecrows reveals it to be the stalking Creeper. As the child's piercing screams bring his father, Jack Taggart Sr., and his older brother, Jack Jr., rushing to his aid, they are too late to prevent the black-clad figure from dragging Billy through the field before flying off on huge, bat-like wings, leaving the Taggart family horrified.

The following day, a school bus carrying a high school basketball team and cheerleaders suffers a blowout. The chaperones inspect the tire, which they discover has been torn apart by a hand-crafted shuriken seemingly constructed from fragments of bone. Back on the Taggart farm, Jack Jr. finds a dagger dropped by the Creeper. Upon showing it to his grieving father, the weapon inexplicably flies out of his hand on its own accord.

Back on the school bus, cheerleader Minxie has a vision of Darry Jenner, the Creeper's victim from the first film, and Billy Taggart, who attempt to warn her about the Creeper. She then witnesses the Creeper blow out a second tire with another shuriken, and the driver narrowly manages to bring the bus to a stop. They flag down a passing car, whose occupants promise to notify the authorities before hurriedly driving off. With the party now stranded in the night-time darkness of the desolate country road, the Creeper immediately begins his assault, swooping down to grab Coach Charlie. Bus driver Betty, frightened, orders the second coach, Duane, back onto the bus. As Betty follows, she too is snatched into the black sky, her abduction witnessed by student Jake. Asked by Coach Duane what he saw, Jake replies incredulously, "she flew away". Before Jake can elaborate further, the Creeper grabs Duane and vanishes into the darkness. Now thoroughly terrified, the students start to argue over whether or not they should leave the bus. Their heated debate comes to a halt when the Creeper appears at the rear of the bus, leering in at them. After seemingly, and unsuccessfully, trying to wrench off the rear door, the Creeper singles out, one by one, Dante, Jake, Scotty, Minxie, Bucky, and, especially, Double D. Minxie suddenly collapses, whereupon she has another vision in which Darry explains the Creeper's nature: that every 23rd spring, for 23 days, this ancient and seemingly immortal entity emerges from hibernation in order to hunt for victims, from whom it selects specific organs and body parts which it then consumes in order to replace those of its own which have been damaged. Minxie tells the group that the creature, instead of trying to force entry to the bus, has actually trapped them inside, and has already chosen those amongst them who possess choice body parts the Creeper craves.

After hearing numerous police reports, which strongly imply that the authorities are well aware of what is going on, the Taggarts decide to investigate, determined to hunt down and destroy young Billy's killer. On the way, they find the car from the passers-by, which has crashed, with the occupants missing. Taggart Sr. radios the students, who are ecstatic about imminent rescue. Shortly after, the Creeper punches through the roof of the bus and grabs Andy "Bucky" Buck by the head. Rhonda impales the Creeper through the eye with a javelin, and losing half its head and it lands on the roof of the bus after trying to fly away. The teens assume it is dead, when the teens try to escape its wings goes through the roof of the bus and decapitates Dante and replaces his head with Dante's. Scotty pries open the bus' doors and another argument ensues when he suggests surrendering the Creeper's targets. The students leave the bus, and the Creeper chases them across a field, striking Jake in the head with a shuriken, and pinning Scotty to a tree with a dagger. Double D, Rhonda, and Izzy attempt to help Scotty, but the Creeper grabs Scotty and flies off.

Bucky, Chelsea, and Johnny return to the bus, where the Creeper grabs Bucky again. Taggart, Jack Jr., and Minxie arrive, and Taggart attacks the Creeper with a homemade harpoon-like weapon he equipped his truck with the dagger. The Creeper rips out the harpoon and throws it back, nearly impaling Jack Jr. Taggart shoots the Creeper through the bus but, the Creeper destroys the bus and Taggart's truck. Double D, Rhonda, and Izzy find an empty vehicle, which they use to flee. As the Creeper pursues them, Double D attempts to shoot it with a flare gun. As a last resort, Izzy intentionally crashes the truck after throwing out Rhonda, wounding the Creeper and Double D.The truck burst into flames, Izzy escaping moments before, and the Creeper awakes without an arm and a leg when he tries to fly after Double D. Before the Creeper can eat Double D, Taggart, his son, and the other students 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 head wing covers its face. Minxie explains that it is not dead, it has only gone into hibernation for another twenty-three years.

Twenty-three years later, a group of teenagers drive to Taggart's farm, where the Creeper is a sideshow attraction. They notice the elderly Taggart, watching the crucified corpse with a harpoon gun at his side. When they ask him if he is waiting for something, Taggart looks up at the Creeper and says, "About three more days, give or take a day or two." The teens look at the monster and the screen cuts black.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

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."[4] Metacritic rated it 36/100 based on 29 reviews.[5] 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."[6] Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "The sequel has got the creepy bits down cold but lacks a fair share of scares."[7] 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."[8] In The New York Times, Dave Kehr wrote that creature lacks personality when the concept is retooled into a film series.[9] 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.[10] 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".[11]

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]

It displaced its predecessor, Jeepers Creepers, to become the new record holder for the highest ever Labor Day opening weekend four-day gross, holding the record until the 2005 release of Transporter 2.[12] After the 2015 Labor Day weekend, Jeepers Creepers 2 still holds the #5 spot with the #7 spot still held by Jeepers Creepers.[12] Allowing for films that had been released prior to Labor Day, Jeepers Creepers 2 holds the #9 spot after the 2015 Labor Day four-day weekend.[13]

Awards[edit]

  • 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)

Sequel[edit]

In September 2015, Jeepers Creepers 3 was announced.[14] Filming started in April 2016, with a planned 2017 release.[15] Victor Salva returns as director, Jonathan Breck returns as "The Creeper", and Gina Philips, from the original Jeepers Creepers, is believed to be returning for her first screen role in five years.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 (15)". British Board of Film Classification. March 31, 2003. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003) - Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ "Jeepers Creepers 2". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Jeepers Creepers II". Metacritic. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ Klein, Andy (August 28, 2003). "Review: 'Jeepers Creepers 2'". Variety. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ Rechtshaffen, Michael (August 29, 2003). "Jeepers Creepers 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 14, 2006. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ Ebert, Roger (August 29, 2003). "Jeepers Creepers 2". The Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 28, 2015 – via RogerEbert.com. 
  9. ^ Kehr, Dave (August 29, 2003). "Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)". The New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ Seymour, Gene (August 29, 2003). "Unnecessary sequel creeps in once again". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ Rabin, Nathan (September 2, 2003). "Jeepers Creepers 2". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b All Time Labor Day Weekend - Opening. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  13. ^ All Time Labor Weekend - All Movies. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  14. ^ a b McNary, Dave (2015-09-11). "'Jeepers Creepers 3' in the Works From Producer Francis Ford Coppola". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-25. 
  15. ^ a b Orange, B. Alan (2016-03-22). "Jeepers Creepers 3 Shooting Next Month, Gina Philips to Return as Trish?". MovieWeb. Retrieved 2016-05-25. 

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