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HTF REVIEW: "Jeepers Creepers"

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ronald Epstein, Dec 13, 2001.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Jeepers Creepers

    Jeepers Creepers where'd you get those eyes?!
    Imagine you and your sister driving down an
    empty lonely State Highway. Suddenly your car
    is run off the road by a big rusty truck. Back
    on the road, you see the truck beside an empty
    church. A large man is emptying what appears to
    be bodies down a pipe chute. You go and investigate.
    Such is the beginning of a story that finds Trish
    (Gina Philips)and her brother Darry (Justin Long)
    finding themselves at the mercy of an indestructible
    force.
    Jeepers Creepers rises just above mediocre
    in delivering thrills and chills, but it certainly
    succeeds in keeping one in suspense. There are some
    interesting moments in the film, but somehow I
    envision this film working better with the under
    30 age crowd.
    The transfer is okay. The problem is that there
    is an awful lot of grain evident in the picture.
    In some quick shots, it looks almost like VHS
    quality. I would tend to think that the problem
    is with the original film stock as I can't imagine
    why MGM would have a problem with the transfer on
    a new feature such as this.
    The 5.1 Dolby Surround is very good. The surrounds
    add some chilling effects as the rears come alive
    with the eerie sounds of the countryside. I also
    found favorable LFE response from my SV Subwoofer.
    I once again have to applaud MGM for coming a
    long way and adding some really nice extra content
    to their discs. Pop in the DVD and you are greeted
    with a chilling animated menu sequence that immediately
    sets the tone for the film.
    Since both the 16:9 anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1)
    version -and- standard version reside on the same
    side of the disc, you are given the choice as to
    which version to watch.
    The Special Features are located on the
    flip side of the disc, and they are rather plentiful.
    First, there is Director's Audio commentary.
    Behind The Peepers is a making of documentary
    produced exclusively for this DVD. Divided into
    separate sections, you can pick and choose exactly
    what aspect of the film you wish to know more
    about. For instance, Finding Trish and Darry
    concerns the casting call to find the two main
    actors. Included are the original auditions for
    each, as well as their first audition together.
    Designing the creeper introduces us to
    Designer Brad Parker who talks about his original
    envisions of the creeper character. Through
    early draft sketches, we see the process of how this
    character was finalized. Cars and Trucks
    tells the tale of how automobiles had to be selected
    based on personality. I think everyone will find it
    quite interesting to watch how the car scenes were
    filmed when the actual car is being towed with film
    rigging. Next, we see how the creepy, rusty box
    truck was created and hear surprise from actress
    Gina Philips as she sees the truck for the very first
    time. The Creeper comes to Florida introduces
    us to Jonathan Breck, a nice guy who talks about
    playing the bad Creeper. There is original audition
    footage included of his character as well as footage
    from makeup sessions. Night Shoots is a
    very impressive segment that shows the techniques a
    filmmaker must use to effectively shoot a night
    scene. With a storyboard for every shot, we see
    how well prepared Director Victor Salva was in
    shooting these scenes. Composed by Bennett Salvay
    is a segment that gives us insight into the
    composition of the film's music soundtrack. In
    some of the film's most memorable segments the music
    score is isolated from the rest of the soundtrack
    to give us a real feel of how important the music is
    to this film. Later in the segment we are shown
    two windows -- one with the filmed segment and one
    of the soundstage orchestra playing along. It's a
    really cool look at music score being produced for
    a film.
    Deleted Scenes has an entire crop of deleted
    footage (10 in all), but most notably, the alternate
    OPENING and ORIGINAL ENDING of the film. It was nice
    to see that neither of these versions made it. The
    alternate opening slows down the pace of the film and
    the original ending is a bit too comical and vague
    compared to the preferred final ending.
    Last Looks is a filmed collage of different
    publicity and behind-the-scenes stills set to Salvay's
    eerie score.
    If you are in the mood for Trailers, this
    DVD boasts many. In addition to the original
    Jeepers Creepers theatrical trailer, there
    are also included trailers for Hannibal; The
    Silence of the Lambs Special Edition DVD; The Terminator
    Special Edition DVD and Carrie Special
    Edition DVD.
    Final Thoughts....
    This hasn't been a year filled with many horror
    movies and its nice to see that once in a while
    there's a film that surfaces that makes us all
    feel creepy inside.
    Jeepers Creepers may not rank as one of
    the most frightful movies ever made, but it
    certainly earns points as a well crafted spook
    film that builds suspense and keeps the viewer
    entertained.
    MGM has done a terrific Special Edition that
    although contains a grainy transfer, makes up
    in overall supplemental contact.
    Release Date: January 8, 2002
     
  2. Luis A

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    I was going to skip JC when released, especially after my HUGE disappointment with Ghosts of Mars, but I will at least give JC a rental.[​IMG]
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  3. Lou Sytsma

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    I found the first 40 minutes to be excellent.

    Unfortunately after that it runs out of gas and drops down quite a bit I'm afraid.
     
  4. Alex Spindler

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    I enjoyed it a great deal, primarily because it kept me on my toes with where it was headed. You get a lot of ingredients in the pot, but it takes some time to figure out the meal.

    I have to give it a rent to see how the transfer is.
     
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    I enjoyed the film quite a bit and it had me whincing in a few key points. The Creeper is a very scary character. Could be a franchise in the making.
     
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    I'll keep it very short, I do not support films directed by convicted child molesters. However that is just my opinion & my choice.
     
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    To avoid any conflict, I'll edit my post to say only this:

    I like cheesy horror films, and I'll be buying Jeepers Creepers the day it's released. Thanks for the review!
     
  8. Kevin M

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    I don't think my response was wholly incorrect but I will edit it nonetheless because I was asked to.
     
  9. Chris Maynard

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    Man, I don't know if I should just delete those posts or suspend accounts?

    I think both would be appropriate but let me give each of you the opportunity to edit those comments.
     
  10. Jordan Forman

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    People actually enjoyed that movie? I saw it for free, and I STILL wanted my money back. =) Too bad Mystery Science Theater isn't still around, this would have been a great movie for them to heckle.... And Freddy Got Fingered, of course. =)

    Jordan
     
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    This movie was a complete waste. The monster was a joke and there was a hardly a moment of true suspense in this entire film. I'm definitely staying far away from Jeepers Creepers 2.
     
  12. JohnJB

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    I pressume the people who feel they need to add a further punishment to the sentance the Director has already surved, also avoid the films of Roman Polanski, or are his films so good that his crimes can be forgiven ?

    IMO any new horror film which is not a direct copy or parody (of a parody) of Scream should be welcomed.
     
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    Roman Polanski (not the worlds luckiest man as apart from his pregnant wife being murdered by Charles Manson followers, I beleive his mother and other family members were killed at Auschwitz) is still not allowed to enter the US as he fled circa 25 years ago whilst out on bail for the statutary rape of a minor.
     
  15. Craig Chatterton

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    Well, it was an OK DVD rental. I know the kids tried hard to appear smart, but by the "car trying to run over the Creeper" scene, I was rooting for the Creeper. My sister kept saying "Come on, at least the camera shots were good!" And I do agree with that, there is great use of the camera in this movie. I really liked the scene where Trish is waiting by the car for someone to drive along the road so she can flag them down for help. The camera is focused on her and the front of her car in the foreground. In the background you can see some out of focus headlights approaching waaayy in the distance. Is it help? Or is it the Creepers van returning? Great scene.
    One question I have is When they're in the police station, Darry asks Jazelle (the psychic) "Who will be screaming when Jeepers Creepers is playing?" and she turns and looks at Trish, implying she'll be the victim. But in the end Darry was the victim. So was she lying? Or did I read that scene wrong?
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  16. Alex Spindler

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    Chester,

    My take is that she knew what the sister was going to have to deal with (she was going to see her brother fly off in the darkness and she wasn't going to be able to save him) so she felt most sorry for her. By comparison, she suffers longer than Derry. But that's just my take, and it helps make the attempted sacrifice all the more surprising. I was expecting that it would have been a trade, and was presently surprised when the Creeper leaves with Derry.
     
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    one of the rare times i walked out of the theater at the end of the movie and said.. "wow, that really sucked"...
    The other time? The Magnum Opus known only as: Mortal Kombat 2: Annihilation [​IMG]
     
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    I quite enjoyed JC, especially the last half of the movie. I was glad to see a new mainstream horror film that (1) did not follow the Scream style and (2) had the guts to have an ending not usually found in mainstream horror films, and (3) had a great cheesy monster - I love great cheesy monsters.
     
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    I enjoyed JC quite a bit. I also enjoyed "monster movies" and the scream genre is kind of tired with mortal killers. The Creeper was very mysterious and I'm sure there is a good backstory behind him. I for one would like to know it!
     
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    thanks ron for the review, i think i'll give the dvd at least rental sometime in the near future
     

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