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on March 9, 2004
What do you want in a horror film? Some reviews have the tone of, "Well, I rented this with Bergman's Seventh Seal, and I was disappointed by the juxtaposition of the Sitz em Leiben from an overall gestalt blah . . . blah . . . blah. . . ."
It is a fun horror movie. Enjoy it!
It continues the original story with the next day. It involves a group of high school students on a bus which "the Creeper" disables. What I enjoyed about it is that is plays with obvious conventions. You expect the standard "teen film." It is not. It plays with the conventions of, "let's split up," "is it dead? Yeah I think so, let me just stare at it and see if it wakes up!"
Others have given enough plot summary. What the DVD has that is really enjoyable is the Commentaries. The first is with the Director and the "teenagers." It is hysterical. In a few places the "kids" MST-3000 a scene.
Another thing I like is the film does not answer a lot of questions. Why the hell do crows hang about? There is none of the "sequelitis" over explanation: "Well, Bob, there was this kid whose scout troop was in an insane asylum . . . he caught his sister with his dog. . . ."
This is well worth a fun rental if you do not "love" horror film. If you enjoy them, you should be pleased.
--J.D.
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on January 27, 2004
I really enjoyed the first JC, and have watched it many times since my first viewing and see new things every time...this monster and the modus operandi he uses are so fascinating and he is so awesome, I can't praise this series (?) enough. Not since Alien has a movie monster affected me to this extent. Teens and terror; can't miss, as a rule, but this movie succeeds beyond belief. I think that many people really love this movie and others in the same genre, but are afraid of expressing themselves for fear of enjoying what they feel, erroneously, is schlock...they prefer to be praise safer, more "acceptable" movies, but for the die-hard horror fan, hey, it's great, and if you're a true horror fan, this one's for you. It is very well-acted, and each and every actor in the movie is entirely believable...every single one, amazing. From the opening sequence, which is riveting, throughout the rest of the movie, you can't move, can't leave and can't take your eyes off the screen for one second; in my book, it doesn't get any better than that. I just got the DVD and was going to watch it "casually" and do other things; well, didn't turn out that way. I never moved a muscle. Not even once. I hope (and believe) that there will be a JC 3, and hopefully, in the next one, there will be more exploration of the Monster. Where does he live? How did he originate? When he wakes up for his every twenty-three year snacks, how does he decide where to go?? I would love some background on him, but keep him mainly in the shadows, out of frame and only fleeting glimpses; but he is so interesting and there are so many unanswered questions about him. I understand the necessity of keeping him under wraps for the most part, so to speak, but I would love to see him in his "lair." Also, in the original JC, when Darry went into the Church from Hell, we could be taken BACK in time, instead of twenty-three years ahead...let's go BACK and see how he created his hellish Church. I see almost all new horror movies, and really enjoy most of them, but this one tops them all for sheer terror and twists. Whatever they come up with for JC 3, I will be first in line to buy it. Amazing, well-done, and incredible special effects; this one is the BEST.
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on January 14, 2004
I was really blown away by this movie and I wasn't expecting much. For one thing, I wasn't impressed by the original and thought it could have been a lot better. But my older sister, whose taste is identical to mine, told me: "See this one! You'll love it." I did. And I watched it twice in one sitting. First of all, Director/writer Victor Salva has done a masterful job in shaping this movie into something so much more than the usual squealing teens doing dumb things. The kids are all believable, likeable and the suspense is outstanding. the photography, settings and performances all elevate this sequel to the level of extraordinary. I wish I knew exactly who was who because there were so many characters. The man who played the tragic father who loses his son to the monster was a knockout--as was his older son who helps him track down the monster. The blonde hunk whose kidded about maybe being "gay" was also great. One major factor to this film's triumph is the amazing musical score by Bennett Salvay. This is a major score, on the level of Bernard Herman's score for "Psycho." It added mightily to the depth and mature dimensions of this movie. For once, the extras were worth watching. I've seen so many DVD's with lousy, making-of documentaries or hideous movie commentaries where someone's talking about something totally different than the movie you're watching. I'm adding this dark, gleaming gem to my permanent collection and Victor Salva and composer Bennett Salvay both deserve nominations for Academy Awards.
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Every 23 years, for 23 days, it gets to feed. It can smell something on a person when they're afraid, catching some nameless component that attracts it to certain people and, more importantly, to specific parts of that person that it wants to devour. After that, it keeps on coming and coming until it gets what it wants - period.
Before I begin, I have to say that I wasn't really a big fan of the first movie because it lacked quite a few things. It had an interesting monster, sure, and the creature had some interesting habits. I personally liked the fact that it didn't let the bystanders get away simply because it didn't want to eat them, opting instead to kill almost anyone that happened across its path. I also liked the fact that it fed on fear, finding the scent of its prey overly alluring, and that it became unstoppable when it went after its quarry. What I didn't like was a "Jeepers Creepers" storyline that consisted of (1) really campy theatrics playing off the old song, (2) the "beatingu" truck, (3) and ending on a bad not. So, coming into the second movie, I thought I'd be disappointed. Well, I was wrong.
The approach this movie took in addressing the first movie was simple. Not only do it use that as a platform to introduce the beast, but it also use that first portion almost like a prequel to the newest movie. It didn't try to rewrite anything and to sequel it out, nor did it hope to correct something by making it better. Where the last ended on a high note with the killing only beginning, the second is allowed to continue. It has to introduce the entrees, mind you, giving them all names and a little bit of development, but it doesn't have to add in a little jingle as the killing machine comes to collect its dinner. Gone is the psychic, replaced by a theme that provides more frightening bits of movie, and replaced is the brother and sister combo running for their lives. The deeds of the first movie are mentioned and a bodycount is thrown into the fray, but now we pick up with a bus full of football players on their way home from a championship, a farmer and his son, and anyone unlucky enough to stray into the picture. The dying kicks in quickly, too, and the result of that is a far better piece of excitement than the original film.
One thing I really liked seeing was the time spent on the beast itself. Gone were all the quick shots and the hidden glances of it, and thrown out were the "less is more" approach to making a movie. Now we have a monster showing us what it can do, touting why it has survived this long, and dishing out a lot more than a few kids seem to be ready to handle. Through the combination of CGI, the loss of the vehicle, and prolonged exposure to the tactics of fear, we see the monster as it finds its rabbit, entraps them, and goes to pick them off by way of weaponry and wit. Perhaps the tense times with those teens sometimes get annoying while they are living, but what else can one expect from a bus full of live bait other than some squirming?
For anyone that hasn't seen this but that liked the first one, then this should be right up your alley. As I said before, this could be connected to the first as a film and left to make its rounds, allowing you one complete piece. It even has an ending that is mentionable and deleted scenes trying to develop the monster a little more, citing the creature as a timeless terror it would truly be. For people that didn't really like the first, this movie might be something you'd like, too. I was initially hesitant to watch another dose of Jeepers Creepers, thinking that it would be yet another waste of time and energy. Thankfully I gave it a chance, picking it up on its release day, and I've had to watch the carnage a few times because watching it was fun. Seeing the people replaced at the top of the food chain by something with pretty teeth and some perturbing eating habits is something that "makes bank" in my book.
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I enjoyed this movie, although I am not a horror fan.
The movie starts off with a young boy, a corn field and a scare crow that of course is none other then our "Jeepers Creepers!".
Dragging the boy through the field as he is screaming for his 'daddy' is enough to send chills through any persons body.
Just when Dad is about to reach him, Jeepers takes to the air
and the horrified father watches as his son is forever taken from him. Ah! Now there is reason for revenge.
We are then taken to a bus full of teenagers returning from a game, unfortunately the bus will never bring all of these teens home as Creeper disables it, kills all the adults, leaving the teens to fight for their own lifes, and chooses his next victims. One of the young girls on the bus has a supernatural dream and is told exactly what is happening, to the horror of the rest. Their only hope is the dad who is determined to stop the evil at all cost. Does he do it? Well, watch the movie and find out! I'll tell you this much, I am sure there will be
"Jeepers Creepers 3" in the near future!
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on December 10, 2003
THIS SUMMER HAS BEEN CALLED "THE SUMMER OF SEQUELS" AND LOOKING AT THIS YEARS MOVIES IT'S EASY TO SEE WHY. BUT IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A GOOD MOVIE TO WATCH THIS YEAR, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THIS. I'M BIASED I'LL ADMIT THAT, I THOUGHT "JEEPERS CREEPERS PART 1" WAS THE BEST HORROR MOVIE TO COME DOWN THE PIKE IN A LONG TIME. AND I EXPECTED A LOT FROM PART 2 AND IT DELIVERED THE GOODS ALL THE WAY. THERE'S MORE ACTION AND SUSPENSE IN THIS ONE AND LOT'S OF GOOD ACTING TOO.(YOU ACTUALLY GIVE A DARN* ABOUT THE KIDS ON THE BUS.) NOT TO EVEN MENTION THE FARMER WHO HAS HIS OWN REASONS FOR BEING ANGRY AT THE "CREEPER." (BUT SINCE I MENTIONED HIM) YOU'LL CARE ABOUT HIM TOO AND WHAT HIS MOTIVATIONS ARE. BOTTOM LINE, IF YOU WANT TO BE ENTERTAINED AND A LITTLE FRIGHTENED THIS IS YOUR MOVIE.
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on January 11, 2004
i agree with everything that chris said except the part about bad acting. for a movie with a cast consisting of newbies, the acting was pretty damn good. to all those that say the movie was missing this and needed more of that, please shut up. this movie is in pretty much the same category as the movie wrong turn (another good film i recommend). it amazed me how salva produced such good movies on such a low budget. the storyline was exceptional, acting diversity was great, and the special effects were suprisingly good. if you liked the first one then i guarantee you will love this one. also, this is one movie that you can watch over and over again.......unlike jc1. there will most likely be a sequel.
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on December 28, 2003
This movie wasnt that bad at all. All though there were some parts that werent good.
1. When the creeper traps that guy in his wing and takes his head off, he is still moving. All though my brother told me that was his nerves reacting so I dont know.
2. At the beginning when Billy [Shaun Flemming] is putting the scare crows up, if he put the one up the creeper is on, that means he was putting up the creeper, so i dont know. Maybe the creeper took the other one off and he got on it? I think they would of noticed that the creeper looked a lil different from the rest of the scarecrows.
All the rest of the movie was FANTASTIC. I loved it!
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on January 16, 2004
I liked this for following reasons :
The scenery is beautiful, rich gold cornfields, lush countryside, starry midsummer night
It's suspencful and scarry, not stupid. Also, the people you thought weren't going to die, do....you never know who's next!
The Behind the Scenes section is great, they really tell you how the movie was made, quite fascinating to watch
The Creeper is nasty , hungry and unstoppable....I had a great time watching this movie, dont take it too seriously and youl'l enjoy it too.
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on June 23, 2003
I thought the original "Jeepers Creepers" was okay if not too good. Now that they're making a JC2, we can all only hope that everything comes together here with the plot. I'll have to admit that the original seemed kind of rushed and a bit off color at times. Now I just hope that the second one will blow the first one away! Maybe if they were to find a way to defeat the monster once and for all in this one then it just might get interesting.
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