‘What’s eating you?’
Jeepers Creepers is a 2001 American horror feature film written and directed by Victor Salva. The film derives its title from the 1938 song “Jeepers Creepers” which is featured in the film. Jonathan Breck stars as The Creeper.
The film was a sleeper hit and led to a sequel, Jeepers Creepers 2. A further sequel also directed by Salva, Jeepers Creepers 3, was released in 2017.
College siblings Trish (Gina Philips) and Darry (Justin Long) encounter a flesh-eating demon along a barren rural highway. After a harrowing car chase, they investigate suspicious activity near an abandoned church, where a corrugated pipe leads to unimaginable horrors.
What follows is a cat-and-mouse game against the regenerating demon, which feeds on fear–and selected body parts–according to a psychic (Patricia Belcher) who adds chilling portent to the routine climax in a besieged police station…
“There are shades of Near Dark, Mimic and Assault on Precinct 13, as the plot moves from a recognisable threat to a place beyond experience. It is to Salva’s great credit that he retains credulity in the face of impossible fear. Nothing like this could ever happen and yet it does and you will not forget.” Eye For Film
” …yet another amusing horror-comedy, spooky and jolting but too literally preposterous to regain its initial aura of suspense.” Los Angeles Times
“Jeepers Creepers is gorgeously shot, overflowing with perfect pans and cranes, shadows are in all the right places and it’s a genuinely unsettling visual experience […] two-thirds terrifying road-trip from and to hell, one-third bizarro creature feature with a bit of a depressing ending. See it for the set-up, stay for the photography.” Vegan Voorhees
Cast and characters:
- Gina Philips … Patricia “Trish” Jenner
- Justin Long … Darius “Darry” Jenner/Creeper at the end scene of the movie (uncredited cameo)
- Jonathan Breck … the Creeper / Bald Cop
- Patricia Belcher … Jezelle Gay Hartman
- Brandon Smith … Sergeant Davis Tubbs
- Eileen Brennan … the Cat Lady
- Jon Beshara … Trooper Robert Gideon
- Avis-Marie Barnes … Trooper Natasha Weston
- Tom Tarantini … Roach