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! -