Jeepers Creepers

Jeepers Creepers

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Director: Victor Salva

Cast: Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck

     
 

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Directed by Victor Salva, Jeepers Creepers is a stylish, moody American horror film that subverts many of the tired clichés that have plagued the genre in recent years. Although the film is reminiscent of other productions (especially Spielberg's Duel and Jaws), Creepers manages to find its own sense of purpose. It's also one of the moreSee more details below

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Directed by Victor Salva, Jeepers Creepers is a stylish, moody American horror film that subverts many of the tired clichés that have plagued the genre in recent years. Although the film is reminiscent of other productions (especially Spielberg's Duel and Jaws), Creepers manages to find its own sense of purpose. It's also one of the more scary American mainstream horror films to come down the pike in awhile. MGM Home Entertainment has done a stellar job with this DVD and obviously felt that the film deserved more than a toss-off release. The film is available in both full screen and letterboxed (1.85:1 enhanced) formats. The transfer for either version is fantastic, although the letterboxed format is preferable for obvious reasons. Many of the film's scenes glow (especially during some of the earlier daylight moments), which is a startling realization when one remembers that the filmmakers have taken such care in what could have been just your average teen horror flick. The audio tracks are also impressive, beautifully highlighting Bennett Salvay's thunderous music score. What's not so impressive, though, is the commentator track with Salva. It's not that it isn't informative or interesting at times, it just doesn't entertain. But Salva is a very gracious host and thanks his crew and the actors numerous times for raising his material above the average horror dreck. But the disc does contain some excellent supplemental material such as a collection of six mini-featurettes that give a nice overview of the production, plenty of deleted and extended scenes (some of which are excellent), a photo gallery, theatrical and TV trailers, and much more. There's also a nifty little Easter Egg on the main menu page; left click after highlighting any of the menu options and will find something staring straight at you.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - R.J. Wafer
Though slick and self-assured in its delivery, Jeepers Creepers opts for genuine monster-movie scares over the self-referential humor of recent teen flicks. A brother and sister, Darryl (Justin Long) and Trish (Gina Philips), take the long way home for Spring Break, and their car breaks down on a long country road with a storied and horrific past: More than 20 years ago, a young couple came to a mysterious and terrible end here, as evidenced by the wreckage of their car and the boy's decapitated body -- neither the girl nor the boy's head were ever found. Before long, Darryl and Trish find themselves mired in a struggle for life and limb -- literally -- against the Creeper (Jonathan Breck), a sinister monster who needs his victims' body parts in order to regenerate his own. Setting itself apart from the late-'90s tongue-in-cheek horror of Scream and its peers, Jeepers Creepers plunges into the 21st century with a straightforward nightmare premise and simple cinematic mechanics -- run or die! Atmospherically directed by Victor Salva, the film makes up for its occasionally implausible plotting with a never-ending air of dread, the kind of suspense that horror fans crave. The cast of fresh faces leaves the floor open for the film's real stars, the Creeper and some expert makeup effects.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Writer/director Victor Salva's genre offering proves more effective than the standard turn-of-the-century teen horror flick, in large part due to its respect for such essential -- but usually ignored -- elements as suspense, pacing, and atmosphere. Jeepers Creepers forgoes the jokey self-referentiality of the Scream series and the nihilistic, gore-for-gore's-sake quality of, say, Final Destination for a more straightforward approach, and -- at least in his film's first hour -- the choice pays off in a big way. As bickering but devoted siblings terrorized by an inhuman creature, Gina Philips and Justin Long have a natural, believable chemistry, which is particularly helpful when the script veers into some of its more ridiculous conceits. If anything, Salva is too enamored with horror conventions: In the last act, he's determined to throw in psychics, police squad showdowns, and even a few allusions to Quasimodo and The Phantom of the Opera. But for the most part, the script keeps it simple, and thanks to ace cinematography and editing, Jeepers Creepers provides an ample supply of economically presented cheap thrills.
Fangoria - Michael Gingold
The film's lack of self-reflexive humor is refreshing for the teen horror subgenre, and Salva is to be commended for his commitment to a straightforward scare scenario.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2002
UPC:
0027616869753
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
18,808

Special Features

Deleted and extended scenes including alternate opening and ending sequences; Director's audio commentary; "Behind the Peepers": a collection of 6 mini-featurettes on the making of the film; Photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer; English: 5.1 Surround; French: stereo Surround; Spanish: stereo Surround; English, French & Spanish language subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gina Philips Trish
Justin Long Darry
Jonathan Breck The Creeper
Patricia Belcher Jezelle Gay Hartman
Brandon Smith Sgt. Davis Tubbs
Eileen Brennan The Cat Lady

Technical Credits
Victor Salva Director,Screenwriter
Willi Baer Executive Producer
Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer
Don E. Fauntleroy Cinematographer
J. Todd Harris Co-producer
Eberhard Kayser Executive Producer
Steven G. Legler Production Designer
Tom Luse Producer
Ed Marx Editor
Jeff Moldovan Stunts
Mario Ohoven Executive Producer
Barry Opper Producer
Linda Reisman Executive Producer
Bennett Salvay Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen/Standard
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title [1:13]
2. The Long Way Home [3:09]
3. Truck Attack [3:31]
4. Bathroom Break [1:55]
5. Church Chase [3:27]
6. "What if It Was You?" [2:28]
7. Back to the Church [4:30]
8. Horrors Down Under [5:29]
9. The House of Pain [4:23]
10. Truck Start [1:49]
11. Entering Pertwilla [2:35]
12. Phantom Phone Call [3:51]
13. Laundry Sniffing [4:34]
14. Nightmare Road [6:47]
15. The Cat Lady [5:35]
16. Monster Mashing [6:01]
17. Poho County [1:31]
18. Jezelle Gay Hartman [4:51]
19. Bone Appétit [1:28]
20. My Heart Goes Out [3:48]
21. Dark Dreams [2:43]
22. My Brother's Creeper [5:11]
23. The Last Crow [3:38]
24. End Credits [6:01]

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