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Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)

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> Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)
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Genres:
Creature Film, Horror, Teen Horror
Director:
Victor Salva Victor Salva
Starring:
Ray Wise Ray Wise
Jonathan Breck Jonathan Breck
Garikayi Mutambirwa Garikayi Mutambirwa
Eric Nenninger Eric Nenninger
Nicki Aycox Nicki Aycox

5.1 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by bluemeanie
Added: May 25, 2005
"Jeepers Creepers 2" might not be as frightening as the original film, but it is certainly more entertaining and action packed, possibly because director Victor Salva had a much larger budget with which to work. The result is a film that I would compare to "Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn", as in there is more comedy, but still a genuine amount of thrills and chills. The film centers around Day 23 of the Creeper's feeding frenzy and this film takes place not long after the last film -- a matter of days. The targets are a bus load of teenagers, coaches, and friends, on their way back from the state championships, which they won. Before long, their celebration turns to horror as they are systematically stalked by the winged man-eater. Character actor Ray Wise stars as Jack Taggart, the coach of the team, and he is the protagonist of the film as he tries to save the kids from death. And, Jonathan Breck reprises his role as the Creeper.

This film has a very claustrophobic feel to it. Most of the action takes place inside of the bus, though there are also a few scenes outside, but very close to, the bus. That claustrophobic feel helps add to the fright factor, and it makes the suspense much more unbearable. The young actors do a good job of serving their purpose -- sex, screams, and dying -- and manage to not seem totally retarded (excuse me, mentally handicapped).

And, what the Creeper cannot do himself, director Salva does with wonderful camera work and expert timing, just as he did in his first film. I am glad he is back. Back? Where has he been? Well, Salva was convicted of molesting a twelve-year-old boy and served some prison time before he came back with the first "Jeepers Creepers". Usually, Hollywood would have shunned a director for committing such an atrocious act, but they welcomed him back into their arms and he is still able to produce quality cinema. Many groups have started boycotting this film already, as they did with the first, saying that the American movie goer should not waste money on a film directed by a child molester. I say -- that does not matter to me. If Steven Spielberg went out and murdered twenty people with a hatchet, I would still go see every Spielberg movie released, even if he did have to make them from prison.

"Jeepers Creepers 2" is a fantastic edition to the summer movie season and one of my favorite films of the year. I am so glad the horror genre is coming back and this film only helps to strengthen that resurgence. Kudos to Victor Salva for this film, and kudos to whomever decided to greenlight the third in the series. "Jeepers Creepers" deserves to be a trilogy. 7/10.
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Crispy #1: Crispy - added 02/28/2005, 11:16 AM
the whole "political correctness bullshit" what with the racial tension and whether or not the guy was gay was blown WAY out of proportion
Crispy #2: Crispy - added 01/04/2008, 04:32 AM
The first time I saw this movie, I thought it was absolutely horrible. I watched it again the other night and I actually sort of enjoyed it, almost in spite of myself. About a 5.5/10.
Rik #3: Rik - added 07/03/2008, 02:16 PM
I hope there will be a 3rd.
Tristan #4: Tristan - added 03/07/2009, 03:17 PM
As cheesy as it was, I enjoyed it. I remember it being a little better, but I guess that's just what happens when you watch a movie like this in your teenage years. Still, it was nice to see where Salva took the story, expanding on elements that were only introduced in the first film.

And Rik, there's supposed to be a sequel coming direct-to-video sometime soon. I've heard 2009 and 2011, so who really knows.

6/10
Jack Desmond #5: Jack Desmond - added 02/03/2012, 02:17 PM
I liked this movie. Very scary, well directed and great make-up/creature. Unfortunately, DaSilva seemingly can't help himself in inserting some homoerotic content at the end of the movie, when three youths excit a pickup truck and one of the young "men" is shirtless for no reason whatsoever.
Jack Desmond #6: Jack Desmond - added 03/20/2012, 07:36 AM
The only disappointing part of this was the stupid "coda" ending. SPOILER ALERT: At the climax of the movie, the Creeper looses an arm/wing AND a leg and is stabbed repeatedly in chest until it "dies". Then the "coda" goes twenty some years later and the Creeper is miraculously together in one piece and the guy who "killed" it earlier is waiting with his spear gun for the creeper to awake again. First off, why the hell would the guy sew the creepers parts back on so he could reanimate? Did they grow back? And if they do grow back, why the hell didn't he just burn the fucker?
Crispy #7: Crispy - added 03/20/2012, 07:43 PM
it was reanimating anyway. You can break it, you can't destroy it. Burning it would have done nothing.
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