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Jeepers Creepers
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Starring: Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck, Patricia Belcher
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: United Artists/MGM
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Kiddie Movie: Leave them at home.
Date Movie: She might get scared and snuggle or just think our heroes are stupid.
Gratuitous Sex: Would have helped.  Just some dead people nudity.
Gratuitous Violence: Yea, people get killed and gutted.
Action: Some chases.
Laughs: Like a good horror you're usually laughing at the stupidity of our heroes.
Memorable Scene: None.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: Victor Salva
Produced By: Barry Opper, Tom Luse

Jeepers Creepers
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:30 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Do you like those old style horror movies where the characters are stupid, stupid enough to even poke fun at themselves as being in a horror movie? Do you also like those old style horror movies where you really aren’t sure if the monster is human or, well, a monster, but in any case it never seems to die? Do you like those old style horror movies where the hot chick gets naked? Well, for "Jeepers Creepers" two out of three ain’t bad.

Here we go…

"Jeepers Creepers" opens with brother Darry (Justin Long) bringing sister Trish (Gina) back from college. Trish likes the old roads instead of the interstate so their trip is taking a little longer than planned. We get treated to an elongated scene of our two knuckleheads in the car not really discussing anything except the story of two kids killed on the same road years back and trying to figure out vanity license plates (I didn’t think there would be that many on old country roads, but apparently they are pretty plentiful – like most horror films you’ve got to suspend much of your belief system). After nearly getting run off the road but a creepy truck with the license plate BEATNGU, or maybe it was BEATINU, anyway, you get the point, well, their travels continue with the two of them slightly shaken up. As their luck would have it they pass an old church where the creepy truck is parked and they see a strange dude dumping what looks like a couple of bodies down a drain pipe. Darry convinces Trish that they should go back because maybe the people are still alive and need help. Trish does the obligatory "get the hell out of here" speech followed by Darry’s "what if one of the bodies was you – wouldn’t you want someone to see if you were alive" speech, and yes, because their cell phone is dead they don’t call the cops first and investigate things themselves.

Well, Darry finds a stash of bodies, they finally make their way to the police, and get a phone call at a pay phone from an old lady who appears to be psychic, giving Darry the simple instructions that if he ever hears the song "Jeepers Creepers" he should run away as fast as he can because the creature is after him. You can guess it – does he listen – no. We eventually find out that the creature gets to eat every 23 years, but if need be, to regenerate in the meantime, he can eat a limb, tongue, or eye or two to get him by.

For the rest of the "Jeepers Creepers" you get the rest of the "dumb people deserve to die in a horror movie" scenes like you would expect. Stupid policemen, stupid kids, and just plain stupid. But isn’t that what you want from a horror film? Do you want a believable story with a normal human who would just die if he got shot by hundreds of rounds of gunfire? No. You want the unbelievable and "Jeepers Creepers" gives you just that.

"Jeepers Creepers" does give you some quality kills, a good amount of gore that looks fake enough to keep this a true horror film, and enough dumb characters to make you chuckle, but sadly it skips out on the "two people having sex with the obligatory boob shot just before they are about to get killed" scene. We only get some dead nudity and who really wants to see that?

In the genre of a horror movie with the unbelievable monster and stupid people, "Jeepers Creepers" is just that. In the genre of a horror movie trying to really get out of the "just plain stupid at most times" realm, "Jeepers Creepers" really doesn’t even try. Knowing that and you knowing what type of horror film you like, well, you decide if you should see it or not. For me I enjoyed the movie as a matinee and give it 2 ½ stars out of 5.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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