Movie Mini-Review: Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Movie Mini-Review: Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Jeepers Creepers begins with a Spielberg-esque road Duel, and then morphs into a disturbing mystery. Justin Long (you know, the Mac guy) and Gina Philips give solid performances as a brother and sister who unwittingly fall prey to the ‘Creeper’, director Victor Salva’s stab at incarnating his very own version of the boogey man.  While the Creeper is kept off-screen or in the shadows, the movie works exceedingly well.  I especially love how the horror unravels when the siblings find the creature’s lair under an old church.  But after about forty minutes, Salva shows and tells too much and lets the air out of the bag.  It’s still a good horror movie; it just peaks early.  It’s very stylish and expertly directed, and Salva does a good job maintaining an inescapable sense of dread.  However uneven it may be, parts of Jeepers Creepers genuinely haunt me.

Rating: 3.75/5 ★★★¾☆ 

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Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit www.scottschirmer.com. Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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