Jeepers Creepers is a 2001 horror film written and directed by Victor Salva. The film takes its name from the 1938 song of the same name which is featured in the film towards the end.
A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is in the midst of its ritualistic eating spree.
Why It Rocks
- The idea of two siblings driving in a large outskirts area in the middle of nowhere and being hunted down by a man-eating creature dressed in human flesh is pretty original.
- The design for the Creeper is terrifying, nightmarish and truly monstrous.
- The acting for this movie is wonderful, especially from Justin Long, Gina Phillips, Jonathan Breck and Patricia Belcher.
- The cinematography and camera angles are well-shot and fit the tone of the movie very well.
- The Creeper is a memorable and very sinister antagonist.
- It has some good self-aware humor, such as when Trish tells Darry that the audience is going to hate him for going down the pipe.
- Victor Salva has shown some decent skills as a director.
- A nice use of Harry Warren's "Jeepers Creepers" and Henry Hall's "Here Comes The Boogeyman" at the end of the film.
- Some great hidden bits of foreshadowing and symbolism throughout the movie that connects to the ending.
- The scene where the Creeper takes Darry and flies off while Trish watches is very heartbreaking.
- The scenes are memorable, suspenseful, scary and well-executed, such as the scene where the Creeper pulls the tongue out of a decapitated head with its teeth, or when the Creeper is eating a convict while a police officer watches in horror.
- A good amount of funny scenes in the film, especially the scenes with Trish and Darry's bantering while they're driving down the road.
- Likable and interesting characters, such as Trish and her brother Darry.
- Both of its sequels are just plain atrocious unlike this film.
- This film isn't seen in a positive light with most viewers due to director Victor Salva having been convicted of molesting a 12-year-old boy back in 1988.