Two bickering young
siblings named Trish (Gina Phillips) and
Darry (Justin Long) return home from a
college break on a long road in a
countryland down in Arizona.
They encounter an agressive driver in an
old fashioned jeep as it speeds past
them. Later on they encounter the driver
dumping a body into a pipe an abandoned
church basement and then the driver
pushes them off the road. They then drive
back up the road and go to the abandoned
church and see if the victim is alive or
not but he is barely alive and then dies
when Darry discovers him. He spots other
dead bodies too at the church while his
sister keeps an eye out for the jeep.
They try to go to a cafe and call the
police but the local pay hpone rings and
Darry answers it. A lady warns them on
the other end by a psychic named Jazelle
Gay Hartman (Patricia Belcher) about the
killer named the Creeper (Jonathan Breck)
as she says she is dreaming what is going
to happen to them and to run when they
hear the song "Jeepers
Creepers" playing on the radio or
While the police and the siblings try to
go to the church the police are told
that the church is on fire and then the
Creeper lands on the police car and kills
Trish and Darry discovers what the
creeper is as he's not at all human as it
eats human lungs so it can see and be a
part of the corpse.
Then the Creeper constantly chases them
down wherever they go but Jazelle tries
to save them from it's evil clutches.
Nice beginning spotting two twin siblings Trish and Darry cruising on a road in an open field as their disucssions looked good and nautral as well as Darry speeding up to a mobile driving which looked adventureous as well as later on when they're continuing their discussions a big rusty old truck creeps up more and more towards them as this looked effective and grabbed your attention plus it was suspenseful when it honks at them and looking like this vehuicle might cause them damage with the two siblings freaking out when this happens. Certainly a nice start to a horror story.
Perfect moment when they drive by an abandoned church and spot the truck with the driver dumping something into some sort of a pipe as well as this person finding out he was spotted which gives you the chills and then later on the truck trying to crash them off the road as this keeps you glued watching to find out on what's going to happen next.
A perfect argumentive scene with Darry insisting to find out what was dumped figuring it was a body and seeing if someone was still alive and Trish refusing and to contact the police instead as this was a perfect peer pressuring moment on one of them being too scared to do this and giving you the chills that if they go there could be causght red handed by that maniac driver.
Great exciting moments when Darry tries to look through the pipe and calling to someone and hears something back which was also dark and suspenseful especially when he tries to search for that voice since this works in well for a horror flick. A nice shot on him falling and landing on his back as it makes you gasp and wonder if he is okay or not.
Perfect dark shot on a body in a bag as well as a nice juimping moment on the hand grabbing at Darry's leg as well as an exciting moment on him trying to rip open the bag to see on what happened to this person. It for sure leabves a great mysterious feel to everything. Plus good moments on Darry wandering the area and spotting corpses placed in grissly pieces of art. Alot of this alsmot resembled from scene's of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
Nice moment with the two siblings trying to go to a diner to get help and suddenly a payphone rings with one of them answering it and a lady telling them about the Creeper and knowing who they are as well as a good shot on the room of the lady but not revealing herself when putting on a Jeepers Creepers record warning them about the song and to run. This for sure adds a great weirdness to everything as well as leaving things perfectly mysterious. Definetely gives an eerie feeling to everything.
Nice setting with both of them heading towards that church again wioth a police car behing them and then showing the Creeper on top of the police car roof. Plus great suspenseful shots on what this Creeper does to the police driving the vehicle as well as a background advertisement pic on the side of the road which adds humor as to what this thing does to feast on.
One of the best moments is when the two of them try to get help at a dark old house as well as the Cat Lady asking what they want with a nice dark shot on this figure as well as a bunch of cats surrounding the area. Plus a great freaky shot on what looks like a scarecrow and the cat lady points a shotgun at it. Really spooky stuff and a must for horror fans to not miss this scene.
Dynamic moment when Trish tries to run this thing over going back and fourth with nice close up shots on this.
Effective and powerful discussions when we spot our mysterious caller which happens to be
Jezelle Gay Hartman talking to the siblings at the police headquarters as things were well put into the story which is also well remembered to anyone who saw the flick. Plus some great action sequences when the terrors happen there with the creeper as well as this thing grabbing a hold of Darry and Trish tries to convince it to take her as things draw in well wondering if Darry will be rescued or not.
Bottom line is that it's a great spooky
and weird film that works on it's own. When you
first watch the film you wonder who this
killer is riding that old truck and then
it gets creepier when the killer isn't
human. Plus there's strange goings on in a small
town too. But through the whole film you wonder
what is the point to all of this until
you see the sequel as it explains why. This one could be easily credited as a cult classic.
The acting is nicely performed as Gina Phillips (Trish) really showed a great sharpness to her role as well as having a good convincing intelligent and mature behavior. Plus does well by being straight forward on stuff along with showing some good aggressions whenever she needed to behave this way. Also shows some great adrenaline when she panicks or gets anxious. Was powerful within her speaking near the end of her performance by being convincing. All in all was probably the best out of the whole cast.
Justin Long (Darry) does a good job with his bubbly and hyperactive attitude as well as coming across as convincingly sacrastic. He really brings his energy to the extreme when necessary. Also does well by being alert on stuff while searching for something. Does this very naturally. Plus was good by getting anxious or nervous when he senses a terror about to happen. He was a passable character actor.
Patricia Belcher (Jezelle Gay Hartman) didn't have a huge part in the film but yet viewers will fondly remember her for her paranoid actions as well as her warnings on what's going to happen as she really brings a nice intenisty to her part. Plus shows a good timid attitude in certain parts too. Also shows a good and caring behavior too. She was a ball of adrenaline.
Eileen Brennan (Cat Lady) had the most effective cameo in the story and does it with terrific horror style. She for sure comes across as an eccentric and strange one with her gravelly speaking and not being at all in a good state of mind as she seemed almost intimidating. Also does well shouting out to someone while pointing her shotgun and really getting into this. Two thumbs up for her.
A body is sewed
A decapitated head of a cop lands on a
road after being chopped off by the
A prisoner in a jail cell is being eaten
up by the Creeper.
The Creeper's hand tears through a police
The ending is a spoiler so you'll have to
see for yourself what happens to Darry.
I loved Bennet Salvay's
music in this film with the sharp
classical composing in it which is very
in your face sounding especially the fast paced sounds with the violin music and other orchestral playing for when the old truck is terrorising the car on the road which grabs your attention. Plus there's some great low sounds and rusty noises too for the still and dark situations when you get a feeling that thing is watching and silently prowling. We have the odd banging noises too which works like a charm
We also have a soundtrack
by many artists from the good ole days
like "Hush Hush Here Comes the
Bogeyman" by Henry Hall and his
"Peek A Boo" by Echo 3
"Where I'm Not" by
Greg Hawks and the Tremblers
"If Only You Were Mine" by The Two
Dollar Pistols with Tift Merritt
And of course "Jeepers
Creepers" by Paul Whiteman and
his Swing Wing
The point of having a cell phone is that
it works when you need it!
[about his cellphone] Don't worry
I have a power cord for that.
Trish: Yeah, and I have a
cigarette lighter, THAT DOESN'T WORK!
[after being attacked] What the
hell was that guy's problem?
Darry: My guess? INBREEDING!
We have to get out of here.
Trish: No, let's stay and feed the
running over the Creeper]
Darry: Is he dead?
Trish: They never are.
You know the part in horror movies when
somebody does something really stupid,
and everybody hates him for it? This is
and Darry pull up at the Cat Lady's house]
Darry: Come on, Trish, look at
this place. Let's just keep going. I mean
it, come on.
Trish: You don't wanna get help?
Darry: Help from who?
Trish: Let's just use the phone.
Darry: And call who?
Trish: I don't know.
Darry: And tell them what?
Trish: I don't know!
Darry: "Hey, bum-fuck police,
I'm being chased by a guy who likes to
pull tongues out of severed heads with
his teeth. Is there a special extension
Cat Lady: That's not my scarecrow.
Cat Lady: You got ten seconds to get
your ass out of my yard, and don't think
I'm gonna tell ya twice!
Trish: Get the hell away from him.
Darry: What are you doing, Trish?
Trish: Get the hell away from him!
Cat Lady: What the hell did you bring
into my house?
Christ, do you think they even have a
Darry: I'm guessing no phones and
a lot of guns.
Gay Hartman: [to Trish and Darry]
You've got something it likes... one of