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JEEPERS CREEPERS  
JEEPERS CREEPERS DVD FEATURES

Region Reviewed: Region 1
Number of Discs
: 1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Picture: 2.35:1 Anamorphic


Special Features: Screen-specific audio commentary with director Victor Salva, Cast and crew biographies, Deleted scenes, Stills gallery, Interactive menu, Scene access

Jeepers Creepers Plot: Filled with heart-stopping jolts, mind-bending twists and nonstop suspense, this fast-paced thriller pits two unsuspecting teens against an open-road killer with more on his mind than just road rage!



Jeepers Creepers Review
: Fall is the time of year when students return to school, the leaves fall from the trees, and as sure as the weather changes, we see a horror films in the local multiplex as there is always a crop of filmgoers anxious to be scared out of their wits by the latest Hollywood dealings. Sadly there have been very few good horror films released recently, as most of the efforts have borrowed heavily from previous films in the genre and have offered little in the way of originality.

The teen horror films had waned in popularity in years past as most of the new offerings had their debut on home video rather than in the theaters. That all changed with the runaway success of “Scream”, and as a result, a new batch of horror films was unleashed to capture some of the newly vibrant horror film box office.

The lure of horror films is easy to understand for a film studio as they are generally cheap to make, and if the film is a modest success, then a line of sequels is likely to follow ensuring big returns from video and cable revenue sales. With this is mind, writer/director Victor Salva has created a new horror film that prior to being released, began to get some interesting buzz in the horror circles, for his film named “Jeepers Creepers”.

The film is inspired by a real life incident where a couple of motorists investigated a mysterious situation only to make a shocking discovery. “Jeepers” tells the tale of a Darry and Patricia(Justin Long, Gina Philips) who are a brother and sister on the way home from college for Spring Break. Patricia wants to take the longer scenic route and the two siblings are soon driving down a long desolate highway towards terror.

During the trip, Darry and Patricia are almost run off the road by a maniacal truck, which invokes memories of the classic film “Duel” by Steven Spielberg many years ago. Shaken but undaunted the two continue on their journey only to pass the truck further down the road. The truck is now parked next to an abandoned building, and the two notice a cloaked figure dumping what appears to be a body wrapped in a sheet down a large drain. The cloaked figure notices the two driving by, and the chase begins anew with the two students being run off the road. It is at this point, that the film loses a good bit of its premise, as reason and common sense seem to be missing from the title characters and their situations. One would think after two close calls, Darry and Patricia would consider themselves lucky and get themselves home as fast as they could in what any naturalist would call self preservation. Instead, Darry convinces his sister that they need to return to the old building and discover what was dropped down the old pipe despite the dangers.

Against better judgement, Darry and Patricia return to the old building and make a ghastly discovery. What follows next is a muddled and uninspired attempt of the two travelers trying to escape the nightmare they stumbled into. It is the situations that follow that alienate the audience from the story and the characters as the two siblings keep waiting around for the police, the investigation, and all manner of mayhem, instead of letting it go and getting out of the area safely. There are segments when all manner of ghastly things are unfolding, and the two sit and watch the carnage unfold even when his sister says that they need to leave, the two remain rigid statues waiting to see what will happen next.

The evil of the story is said to be a Demon that returns every 23rd spring to feed. It seems that it scares people in order to get their scents as only when frightened can it smell if a person has what it needs to survive. Often this is done by the demon consuming the person in question in an attempt to scare them.
What could have been an interesting film quickly becomes a series of situations that were inspired by other films. We have the police station standoff from “The Terminator” the zany psychic from the “Poltergeist” films, and a setting that is taken straight from the “Texas Chainsaw” series.

The film could have been a very good horror film, but the premise is destroyed by a lack of originality and a pacing that is dead slow. There is little tension in large parts of the film and the backstory of the Demon is sadly given little attention. It has been announced that a sequel to the film is already in pre-production as I figured it would be based on the ending of the film. It seems that we ill be seeing a series of Jeepers films that I can only hope will expand on the missing elements of the story, and perhaps capture the potential that this film teased audiences with. For now though, “Jeepers Creepers” is as an empty shell of unfilled potential and promise, just like the remains of the Demon’s victims.
The DVD features a large assortment of features ranging from a making of segment, deleted scenes, alternate ending and opening, directors commentary and much more. Sadly, while interesting, they offer little to enhance the movie. The sound and video of the film are first rate and the detail of the print was better than in the theatrical version.


Jeepers Creepers Disc Review: The DVD features a large assortment of features ranging from a making of segment, deleted scenes, alternate ending and opening, directors commentary and much more. Sadly, while interesting, they offer little to enhance the movie. The sound and video of the film are first rate and the detail of the print was better than in the theatrical version.


Gareth Von Kallenbach

Overall Rating - MOVIE: 2/5 - DISC: 3/5

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