Thursday, August 23, 2007

Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Fear 1/5
Gore 2/5
Entertainment 3/5
Creepiness 0/5
Nightmares 0/5
I was totally expecting this to be like eating a bag of my own shit, but surprisingly enough, I really enjoyed this. While it didn't bowl me over with it's originality or superb production values, I was amazed at how little my intelligence was insulted by a ding-dongy movie aimed at teenagers whose central character is a monster guy with bat wings, an axe and a trenchcoat.
Plot goes like this - The dude from the Apple commercials and his sister are coming home from spring break and see a guy dumping what looks like a body into a big drainage pipe. When they check it out, they find hundreds of corpses in various stages of decomposition sewn together, all missing limbs or organs or random stuff like that. They run off to tell the cops and eventually are chased by the killer who turns out to be the bat-winged fella mentioned above. Why he drives a truck is a mystery. Throw in a kooky psychic who reveals that the bat-guy is a monster who is free to eat for 23 days every 23 years (where these numbers came from is a mystery too) and only eats the body parts it needs to replace on it's own body and you have a complete film. It's gloriously retarded, but so much fun.
Apple guy is not a bad actor and the script is, like I said, not insulting at all. It's actually kind of crisp and funny at times with dialogue that doesn't seem forced at all. The effects are top-notch with very little CGI and the monster dude is shown in shadowy ways that hide his ridiculous get up - a tried and true horror trick that the makers of Dog Soldiers, Alien and Halloween knew very well.
And while I'm not comparing Jeepers Creepers to those films at all, I will say this - when you're on a business trip and stuck in Orlando Florida for two weeks and Jeepers Creepers comes on Showtime, it seems like a mighty fine film.
P.S - Victor Salva, director of the film, is a douchebag.
-Complaint Department


the fucking beard said...

I totally love this movie, and for the record, the sequel is the exact opposite of everything good you just said about this one.

Cortez the Killer said...

Agreed, stay away from the sequel at all costs. It WILL be like eating a bag of your own feces.