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HTF REVIEW: "Jeepers Creepers"

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#1 of 27 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted December 13 2001 - 10:52 AM

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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

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

MGM has done a terrific Special Edition that
although contains a grainy transfer, makes up
in overall supplemental contact.

Release Date: January 8, 2002


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#2 of 27 OFFLINE   Luis A

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Posted December 13 2001 - 11:03 AM

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.Posted Image


#3 of 27 OFFLINE   Lou Sytsma

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Posted December 13 2001 - 12:13 PM

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.
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#4 of 27 OFFLINE   Alex Spindler

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Posted December 13 2001 - 12:27 PM

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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Posted December 13 2001 - 01:57 PM

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.

#6 of 27 OFFLINE   Kevin M

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Posted December 15 2001 - 04:58 AM

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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#7 of 27 OFFLINE   Jeremy Anderson

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Posted December 15 2001 - 05:49 AM

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 of 27 OFFLINE   Kevin M

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Posted December 15 2001 - 07:21 AM

I don't think my response was wholly incorrect but I will edit it nonetheless because I was asked to.
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#9 of 27 OFFLINE   Chris Maynard

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Posted December 15 2001 - 09:20 AM

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.
I did nothing...I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be..

#10 of 27 OFFLINE   Jordan Forman

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Posted December 31 2001 - 10:39 AM

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. =)

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#11 of 27 OFFLINE   Jacob_St


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Posted January 04 2002 - 08:36 PM

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.

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Posted January 04 2002 - 09:52 PM

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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Posted January 04 2002 - 10:03 PM

avoid the films of Roman Polanski, or are his films so good that his crimes can be forgiven?

What did Roman Polanski do? I know his wife was brutally murdered, but not by him!
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Posted January 05 2002 - 02:04 AM

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.

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Posted January 09 2002 - 03:46 AM

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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Posted January 09 2002 - 04:20 AM

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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Posted January 09 2002 - 04:27 AM

one of the rare times i walked out of the theater at the end of the movie and said.. "wow, that really sucked"...

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Posted January 09 2002 - 04:39 AM

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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Posted January 09 2002 - 02:37 PM

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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Posted January 09 2002 - 08:47 PM

thanks ron for the review, i think i'll give the dvd at least rental sometime in the near future

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