|Jeepers Creepers (2001) [English (MPEG Layer III, 85 kBit/s, 44 kHz, Stereo)]
Genre: Horror / Drama
Length: 1h 30m 0s
Director: Victor Salva
Tagline: WhAT's EATing you?
Plot outline: Siblings Darryl (Justin Long) and Trish (Gina Phillips) are on their way home from their freshmen year at college. But the trip starts turning dangerous as they see a man in a trench coat and a hat that covers his face dumping something down a pipe. They recognize him as the man who tried to run them off the road earlier and go see what he dumped after he leaves, but what they discover is too terrifying for them. They get help from a crazy woman who has too many cats (Eileen Brennan) and a psychic (Patricia Belcher) before they realize what's been chasing them is an ancient demon known as the Creeper (Jonathan Breck) who eats people to regenerate his parts and he sees something in one of them that he wants for his snack. Summary written by Will
Comment: What went wrong? The opening could hardly have been more promising. Bright sunlight, brother and sister driving along miles from anywhere, chatting about this and that (intelligent dialogue lays the groundwork for all sorts of relationship stuff, which will be completely forgotten as soon as the monster appears - which is a GOOD thing) ... it's well photographed (far more so than is usual for a horror film) and the first thrills of fear are expertly handled. For maybe as much as half an hour it even seemed possible that I was watching a masterpiece. The first hint that I wasn't came when Darryl prepared to climb down the drain pipe. (The reason offered for their returning to the drain pipe in the first place wasn't convincing, but that didn't seem to matter at the time.) Trish grabs him and says angrily: "You know the bit in horror movies where someone does something really stupid, and everyone hates him for it? This is it." The LAST thing a story like this needs is self-awareness. Until now Salva had been making a real movie; now, suddenly, his characters know they're in a horror movie, and it's a "Scream" sequel. Sure, it's a momentary lapse. (There's only one other moment of self-awareness, and it comes much later, when Darryl looks at what appears to be the monster's corpse and asks, "Is it dead?" and Trish responds, "They never are but by this point the film has taken so many wrong turnings that one more makes no difference.) But not TOO long afterwards, Salva, who started by avoiding all the usual, routine mistakes, lets us know he was merely saving them up. It's NOT a mistake, as some critics have said, to make the murderer Darryl and Trish see turn out to be a true monster (i.e., a supernatural being). In fact it would be a mistake not to. Nor is it necessarily a mistake to SHOW us the monster. The mistake was to show us the monster, AND make him look so cheesy, like a guy in a rubber mask on Halloween. Similarly, it wasn't a mistake to explain his nature and his powers; the mistake lay in offering an explanation AND making it so ordinary and silly. (Either way, it was a mistake to offer the explanation through the mouth The Character Who Knows Stuff - and has no other reason for appearing in the movie.) After a certain point, almost everything is a mistake. The beginning is so good - so fresh - that I'm actually willing to forgive the stale, unexciting, obvious way it progresses and ends. If it had simply ended at the moment before it nosedives (when Darryl and Trish make it to the roadside diner), it would be a first-rate short film, and its conclusion would be if anything less abrupt and pointless. P.S. and spoiler (sort of): We're told the monster comes out every 23 years. Why 23? I presume we're meant to think of insect species which swarm every 13, 17, or some highish prime number of years - but the reason they do this is so that their life cycle will be out of sync with that of any predator. What's the monster's excuse? He doesn't swarm (there's just one of him) and he can't be preyed upon.
IMDB Rating: 5.4
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