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         On a desolate country highway, two homeward bound teens are nearly run off the road by a maniac in a beat-up truck... and later spot him shoving what appears to be a body down a sewer pipe. But when they stop to investigate, they discover that the grizzly reality at the bottom at that pipe is far worse than they could have ever suspected... and that they are now the targets of an evil far more unspeakable - and unstoppable - than they could have ever imagined.

"Hey, bum-fuck police, I'm being chased by a guy who likes to pull tongues out of severed heads with his teeth. Is there a special extension for that?"
              - Darry Jenner

         Back in 2001, when Jeepers Creepers was released, I was head projectionist at the Chanhassen Movie Theater in Chanhassen, Minnesota. After viewing the trailer about 400 times from the projection booth, I was still optimistic about the possible quality of the film because at the time, the horror being churned out by the film companies was pure crap with a subtle scent of queef. My buddies and I set up a midnight showing of the film, complete with copious amounts of booze and boobs, but not even these luxuries could save us from laughing out loud at some of the embarrassing moments. Years later, I've gained a little more respect for the film, but not much.
       The Gory Good: Up until Jeepers Creepers was released, there hadn't been a serious attempt at an old-school monster movie in quite some time. For this reason alone, it deserves some respect. For example, most of the recent horror films at the time were still in the awful wake of the Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer bullshit. So they were a disappointment before they were even released. But Jeepers Creepers immediately stood out to people because (unfortunately) it seemed fresh. That's why it became as popular as it did. The "this is all we have" mentality. But United Artists took a chance and released this unlikely success.
         The main saving factor of the film is Jonathan Breck's portrayal of The Creeper. He definitely practiced up on his "I'm a creepy muther fucker" acting. As a matter of fact, before Breck auditioned for the role, he thought extensively on how the character would appear. When Breck stepped into the audition, he was sporting a new shinny bald head. He felt The Creeper would defiantly be bald. I guess the filmmakers disagreed. Breck impressed and secured the role in the film. Thankfully.
       The Bloody Bad: Prepare yourself. First of all, I have some information that you're probably not aware of. Victor Salva, the films writer and director, is a convicted child molester! You heard me right! A muther fuckin' pedophile! He was filming 1989's Clownhouse when (then 12) Nathan Winters, the star in the film, told his mother Salva had forced oral sex on him. When police raided his residence, they discovered two video tapes showing Salva molesting Winters and another young boy. Salva served only 15 months in prison before his parole. (Click here for more info.)
       Now, I have absolutely no tolerance for this type of idiocy. If I was in charge, child molesters and rapists would be executed. A bullet in the face within 1 hour of conviction. None of this "sit on death row for 30 years"... fuck that. If I was an actor, I would probably have shown up for an audition and punched Salva in the fuckin' mouth. Then again, I don't think I'd want to be anywhere near a mouth that's had a 12-year-old penis in it. I find it amazing that a child molester can even find work as a filmmaker. Disney even hired him to make 1995's Powder. Strange world we live in.
       Besides that huge fact. There are other faults. Who the fuck is The Creeper? Seriously! The only information we get is it feeds every 23rd spring for 23 days. Ok. But what is it and where did it come from? I seriously doubt it materialized from thin air. Also, why is The Creeper making an underground structure out of it's victims? Yeah, it makes for a shocking scene, but why is he doing it? There are plenty of plot holes that should've been plugged.

       I would give Jeepers Creepers 5 out of 10 stars. I would give Victor Salva's conduct with children 0 out of 10 stars. He should be dragged out into the streets of LA and raped with a severed leg. Then again, he'd probably enjoy that. Use an elderly woman's leg. He'd hate that.

       - Read Princess Jolene's interview with The Creeper! -

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          - Victor Salva originally wrote the role of The Creeper for Lance Henriksen.

          - Gina Philips (Trish) and Justin Long (Darry) were not allowed to meet Jonathan Breck before filming (in order to get a true reaction from them when they actually did see him with his full costume and makeup), nor did they see the BEATNGU truck before the opening scene was shot. When Philips first saw the truck, she said something to the effect of: "Is that the truck? Jeepers, that's creepy."

          - The gear shift in the car was originally in the steering column. It was installed into the floorboard to fit the needs of the script.

          - In the final scene, the role of The Creeper (usually played by Jonathan Breck) is played by Justin Long, who plays Darry Jenner. Long also played The Creeper in the alternate ending, which is featured on the DVD.

          - Jonathan Breck (The Creeper) also appears as a policeman.

          - Director Victor Salva can be seen as a body in The Creeper's "house of pain".

          - In Jezelle's living room scene, Victor Salva's high school graduation picture can be seen doctored up to look like a record album from the 1930s with "Jeepers Creepers" on it.

          - The original title was "Here comes the Boogeyman".

          - In the end of the film when Justin Long's character, Darry, is heard screaming, it is actually Tom Tarantini, who also had the minor role of car thief Austin McCoy. Tarantini stood in for Long, as he was busy shooting the second season of the TV series "Ed", while this scene was filmed.

          - Debbi Morgan and Tina Turner were considered for the role of Jezelle Gay Hartman.

          - The original truck from the film is owned by a private collector in Maryland, who keeps it in storage awaiting the filming of Jeepers Creepers 3.



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