Jeepers Creepers (2001) (AKA "Here Comes The Boogeyman")
Starring: Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck
Through the waves of new age horror sparked by teen stars and self- reference, controversial director Victor Salva brought horror back to its roots, giving life to one of the vilest, freshest and most original monster in modern times, with an equally haunting story to boot.
|The Jenner kids contemplate their choices to either snoop or run.|
What one of them finds down underneath the church, however, was far more horrifying than what he imagined: hundreds of mummified bodies plastered all over the walls, including that of two teenagers who went missing not too long ago. Traumatized, he and his sister drives off to find help, but it soon becomes clear that whatever (and I emphasize the word whatever) is responsible for this nightmare knew they were at its domain and is now hunting them down for a fate much worse than death.
|"Like petrified wood"|
But out-staging these two would be mysterious and vicious creature called The Creeper; starting as what could have been just another maniac in a dusty pick-up truck, the Creeper slowly unravels its own otherworldly nature scene by scene, evolving much of the plot from an atypical teen slasher to a creature feature with a lot of teeth. It's ingenious on how little is given to the its origins, only hinting us its goal to exist, which further teases us with a uniquely built mythology circling around fear, body parts and a cycle. Though, considering this explanation is coming from a random resident psychic who tries to save the kids from a fate she dreamt, you could actually see where some of movie's flaws come in.
|Tongue: A rare delicacy|
The last third if the film is where most of the horror cliches and bad choices clunk together; with a cop-out feel as the Creeper sieges through a police station in search of the siblings, one would simply wonder why our resident psychic didn't just make off with the Jenners while the cops are preoccupied with a flying monster if she knew they were in danger, instead of staying behind and blabbered their doom like a broken record? Of course, we could take in the consideration that the thing was inside the building with them, thus can strike anytime, but yes, some of this last minute theatrics were many parts annoying and cliched.
|Bagged a crazy cat lady|
A melting pot of teen horror subgenres, Jeepers Creepers effectively puts an infamous name to a hammy title, immortalizing along with it one modern horror icon that pushed the boundaries of dark imagination and nightmarish visage. A certified gem among us horror fans.
1 male found disemboweled
A Number of Bodies seen mummified and littered all over cavern walls
1 male and 1 female found beheaded and sewn back together
1 female pulled out from a car, killed
1 male decapitated with a battle axe
1 female killed, presumably shot with a shotgun
1 male found being eaten alive, limbs missing
1 male had his heart chewed out from his chest
1 male seen with missing eyes