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Jeepers Creepers
     

Jeepers Creepers

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Director: Victor Salva

Cast: Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck

 

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Writer/director Victor Salva returns to his horror roots with this teen-slasher genre flick, one of several 2001 films produced by Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope studio. Gina Philips and Justin Long are siblings Trish and Darry, road tripping home from college across the U.S. and bickering all the way. Menaced by a truck on the highway, the travelers

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Writer/director Victor Salva returns to his horror roots with this teen-slasher genre flick, one of several 2001 films produced by Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope studio. Gina Philips and Justin Long are siblings Trish and Darry, road tripping home from college across the U.S. and bickering all the way. Menaced by a truck on the highway, the travelers encounter the same vehicle later, and what they believe is a man dumping a human body into a drainage pipe. Investigating, Darry and Trish become the intended prey of an indestructible, supernatural creature hell-bent on eating them, a murderous local myth that is proving to be all too real. As they attempt to escape their bloodthirsty pursuer, the pair discovers that even the local police station is no refuge; they also receive some advice from a knowledgeable psychic (Patricia Belcher). Jeepers Creepers co-stars Eileen Brennan.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2002
UPC:
0027616869746
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

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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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Jeepers Creepers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AZ_bk2rdr More than 1 year ago
Good story and humor.