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Jeepers Creepers

movie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Jeepers Creepers

Starring: Justin Long, Gina Phillips
Director: Victor Salva
Rated: R
RunTime: 90 Minutes
Release Date: August 2001
Genre: Horror

*Also starring: Patricia Belcher, Jon Beshara, Jonathan Breck, Eileen Brennan

Review by Liz Quinn
2 stars out of 4

If you like predictable horror movies with lots of gore you'll enjoy JEEPERS CREEPERS. Gina Philips and Justin Long play two bickering siblings, Trish and Darryl, traveling home from college on a country highway. The two are run off the road by a giant old truck. Later they encounter the vehicle again and what looks like a man tossing a dead body, wrapped in a blood stained sheet, down a sewer hole outside an old church.

Darryl convinces Trish to go and see if the person is alive. Reluctantly, Trish agrees and the two look down the hole. Darryl thinks he hears voices and wants to get a better look. Trish holds Darryl's feet while he searches with a flashlight. At this point we can predict that Darryl will fall down the hole, which is exactly what happens. Rats jump up from the hole and Trish lets go of his feet. He plunges down the hole. The suspense builds as we wonder what horrific site Darryl will see.

He kicks the body wrapped in a sheet and a hand lunges at him. He removes the sheet and glances at what ghastly deed was done to the body. The front is sliced apart and sewed together. Darryl gazes up and sees tons of bodies in the same condition on the ceiling of the basement of the church.

He later tells police it looks like a "psychotic version of the Sistine Chapel."

Darryl finds his way out and comes back in a state of shock. Next, the two go to a dilapidated old diner asking for help. While at the restaurant they receive a phone call from a woman (Patricia Belcher) that knows their names and what has happened. She predicts that they will be in great danger when they hear the song "Jeepers Creepers."

They encounter a mysterious old woman with many cats (Eileen Brennan). As the weak plot unravels Trish and Darryl fight off the beast with little suspense. JEEPERS CREEPERS ends abruptly leaving room for a sequel, but let's hope not.

Although quite scarey in the beginning JEEPERS CREEPERS is gripping until we know the answers to the questions is it a body that they found and who is responsible for the heinous acts? The story is limited and the characters are unbelievable and underdeveloped. We know very little about their personalities and have no attachment to them. It's a horror movie with very few jumpy scenes that at times is comedic in its absurdity. Being a fan of horror movies, I consider this to be nothing more than mediocre.

Copyright 2001 Liz Quinn

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