When their bus is crippled on the side of a deserted road, a team of high school athletes discoversan opponent they cannot defeatand may not survive. Staring hungrily at them through the school bus windows, the "Creeper" r... more »eturns again and again. But when the teammates discover that it's selective about whom it attacks, it will test their ability to stick togetheras the insatiable menace tries to tear them apart!« less
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL Reviewed on 2/10/2012...
A lot of the reason why this film didn't perform better at the Box Office is due to the troubled past of it's director. Victor Salva is a pedophile who served time for molesting a teenage boy. When the original film was released this information wasn't too well known. After that film's success Salva was sued and the knowledge of his crime came to light. Should the film be based on the crimes of it's director? That's a question that's hard to answer. Roman Polanski was convicted of child molestation in the 70s and continues to have a successful career.
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Bee M. from W MELBOURNE, FL Reviewed on 4/25/2008...
This is even scarier than the first one. Kept me on the edge of my seat :]
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Does Anybody Have A Dictionary These Days?
Robert E. Rodden II | Peoria, IL. United States | 07/06/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Geez, so much animosity for a film that was actually fairly original compared to the goop we've been seeing. I liked the low-budget 80's horror feel to the original "Jeepers Creepers". And I liked the serial killer in this film who turns out to be an ancient evil that lives off the body parts of its victims. There were times during this film I was on the edge of my seat with suspense. And the heroine is one of the strongest leading lady parts since Ripley in "Aliens". So why are so many people put off? Maybe it's because we've all become jaded with Hollywood. Think about it. When we were kids growing up, most everything we saw at the theaters seemed new and bigger than life. You just knew you were going to see something exciting, even mind-expanding. But it all seems to have been done again and again by Hollywood until there's nothing to do but make sequels and re-makes. The first few films you saw inspired by Romero's "Dead" films all seemed like exciting ways of telling the same story. Then along comes a movie like "28 Days Later", and everyone is angry because we don't follow down the same old path and have the "monsters" be Romero's zombies. I think the same goes for "Jeepers Creepers". The first few dozen times you see Michael Myers, or Jason, or Freddy kill several hundred young and healthy teens, you think it's new and fresh. But Hollywood is made up now of the grownups who were fed on these genres, and sub-genres, and sub-basement genres. And when they make a film, it always seems like more of the same. But "Jeepers Creepers", though really only Freddy and Jason and Michael dressed in wings and a top hat, still seems fresher to me than say "Ghost Ship", or "Thirteen Ghosts". And with the cornfields and old lady with cats, and the out of the way township, it all seems to have a kind of "Stephen-King-esque" feel to it. A dark peek into a nightmare that's killing you. ..."
Jeepers Creepers, where'd you get that...head!
Kurt A. Johnson | North-Central Illinois, USA | 01/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The 23 days are almost over, and the Creeper is not done feeding. Stalking the farmland, it takes just about anyone it can find alone. But, when it finds a busload of high schoolers heading home from the Big Game, it begins to look like feasting time. But, the Creeper has made an enemy, Jack Taggart, Sr., who wants payback for the loss of his son. Can Taggart defeat the Creeper? I mean, while there are still some students left?
OK, I am not a huge horror fan, and most of the movies leave me cold. But, I love Jeepers Creepers 2! I liked the monster, who is horrifying and can take a licking and keep on handing out punishment. I mean, the punishment this creature takes is horrifying, even as he keeps coming back. And, I loved Taggart, who does not just hide in a hole like a rabbit, but determines to stand up and be a man, no matter the cost. And, I liked the kids, who provide the horror and adventure as they struggle to survive, reacting in their own different and believable ways.
Yeah, if you knew me, you would be surprised that I like this movie. I don't just like it, I love it, and I highly recommend it! Is there going to be a Jeepers Creepers 3? I hope so!!"
John Lindsey | Socorro, New Mexico USA. | 02/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
After the events of "Jeepers Creepers", our no good old friend the Creeper is still starving for more humans. There is a legend about him that every 25 years for 23 days in spring, a bus filled with a high school football team and cheerleaders brakes down somewhere as they are stranded till night to find out there is a deadly monster after them. Only the students with a local farmer must try to destroy the unstoppable killer once and for all time.
Action-packed sequel to the suprise horror thriller hit of 2001! the same director/writer/creator Victor Salvia delivers more goods into this picture with better special effects and more heartpounding thrills.
The Special Edition DVD is great! it's got some killer extras like two audio commentaries, featurettes, documentary, storyboards of not filmed scenes, two photo galleries and the trailer.
A nice leave-your-brain at the door and have fun movie for every horror fan."
He can taste your fear, among other things...
cookieman108 | Inside the jar... | 06/07/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Creeper is back, and I am not talking about that feeling I get when my underpants ride up too high...ugh...Victor Salva, who wrote and directed the very popular Jeepers Creepers (2001), takes us back to the horror buffet for a second helping in Jeepers Creepers II, which picks up the very next day to the events in the first movie. A little background...the Creeper is a creature that hibernates in the Earth, and every 23 years it awakens for 23 days to feed on victims, gaining strength to go back into the ground until the next cycle. What exactly is the Creeper? I would speculate it's some kind of demon, given its' supernatural abilities and leathery wings, but it's never really determined within the films, at least to my knowledge.
The film starts off on a farm, with a boy working to secure scarecrows within a cornfield. Upon noticing one of the scarecrows is different than the others, namely that it's moving (yes, Dorothy, he's looking for a heart, among other body parts), the boy soon learns that the scarecrow is none other than the Creeper, and both the Creeper and the boy quickly vanish, much to the father and the boy's older brother's dismay. Cut to a bus full of high school football players, a few cheerleaders, some football staff, and a couple of coaches traveling on a fairly desolate stretch of road (is there any other kind in movies like this?) After the bus suffers a flat tire from rather peculiar means, the occupants soon find themselves under attack from the devious fiend. They try to fend off their attacker, but as we know because we've already seen the first movie, it will not be deterred. It's your flesh it wants, and once it picks you, that's it, buddy boy. Can nothing stop this vile beast, or are all chosen (it chooses its' victims by smell i.e. if you have the right scent for the particular body part its' looking for, you're in trouble) destined to be blue-plate specials?
The film plays up nicely to the first, and the setting of the bus added a real sense of claustrophobia. This follow up to the first does offer a bit more information about the creature, but less than most probably would have preferred, leaving a sense of wanting. The scares, for the most part, were pretty genuine, but I did find the 'jump out and scare you' technique a little overused. We do get to see a lot more of the Creeper in this film than the last, but that doesn't necessarily mean it was for the better. The effects for the Creeper are really sharp, but I felt as far as his abilities went, there seemed discrepancies. Given what it seemed to be able to do, like ripping the roof off an automobile, he seemed to have a decent amount of difficulty getting into the bus. The factor that it used fear to sniff out potential victims was bandied about, so I figure maybe it was just trying to work the kids up. But still, at some points the creeper seemed vulnerable compared to other points when it seemed unstoppable. And something else that kind of bothered me...there seemed to be a number of scenes with bare-chested young men and given the director's past (I am not going to go into it here, look it up), I felt a little creeped out. It seemed like a side of the director was coming out that I really wasn't interested in seeing. And all the silly tension created within the group based on first racial and sexual stereotypes, and then the mirroring of these stereotypes to those 'chosen' and 'not chosen' by the Creeper seemed so very obvious. Where's the subtlety? And I'm no prude, but the excessive use of profanity seemed to get a little out of hand. Sometimes less is more, and in this case, that would have held true. The main thing missing from this film compared to the first was a real likeability of the characters. In the first, we were able to learn about the characters in fairly good detail, spending time with them. Here, most of the characters are presented in an unfavorable light, with little focus on if and why we should like them, giving us little reason to see them make it to the end of the movie. Given the copious number of characters in this film, that kind of intimacy would have been difficult, but not impossible.
As far as stars, I really only recognized character actor Ray Wise, who played a farmer and the father of the first boy abducted in the film. His scenes were great, especially as he tries to avenge his son by use of a pneumatic fence post driver mounted on the back of a pick-up truck. Ahhh, revenge is a plate best served cold, or a six-foot wooden post skewering your enemy's sternum...also, returning from the first film is Justin Long, reprising his role as Darry. Gina Philips, who starred as his sister Trish, declined to come back.
The picture looks really good, in wide screen anamorphic format, and there's quite a bit of special features including commentaries by the director, another by the actor who plays the Creeper along with a makeup effects person and a production illustrator, featurettes on the making of the film, special effects, music, photo galleries, theatrical trailers, deleted scenes and more (whew, dat's a lot of schtuff)...despite the films shortcomings (I noticed a definite lack of atmosphere), fans of the first shouldn't be disappointed, as this film doesn't suffer too much from the dreaded 'sequelitis' (no budget, no story, and a persistent feeling that the only reason the film was made was to cash in on the first) that many do...yeah, I'm talking to you, Starship Troopers 2...
- Kasia S. | New York City | 01/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I liked this for following reasons :
The scenery is beautiful, rich gold cornfields, lush countryside, starry midsummer nightIt's suspencful and scarry, not stupid. Also, the people you thought weren't going to die, do....you never know who's next!The Behind the Scenes section is great, they really tell you how the movie was made, quite fascinating to watchThe Creeper is nasty , hungry and unstoppable....I had a great time watching this movie, dont take it too seriously and youl'l enjoy it too."