REVIEW: JEEPERS CREEPERS 3

 

CAST

Jonathan Breck (Spiders)
Meg Foster (The Originals)
Gabrielle Haugh (13 Reasons Why)
Stan Shaw (Snake Eyes)
Joyce Giraud (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
Gina Philips (The Anarchist Cookbook)

The film opens with a shuriken (flying star) flying through the air and hitting a wooden post, as a man runs for his life. When the man reaches the road, the Creeper suddenly drops from the sky and flies off with him while another man watches from his truck. When he gets out to investigate, he looks up in the air and sees a severed hand fall from the sky.Twenty-three years later, shortly after the events of the first film, the police discover the Creeper’s truck filled with dead bodies. The truck has been rigged with several booby-traps, including spikes that emerge from the back, and a spear that shoots out from the tail-pipe. When Sheriff Dan Tashtego arrives, Sergeant Davis Tubbs tells him what happened and Tashtego informs him that the Creeper has been around for thousands of years and must be stopped. They then rush to get the Creeper’s truck back after learning it is headed for the impound. As Frank and Deputy Lang transport the vehicle, the Creeper lands on the tow truck and severs the cables. They then watch as the truck drives off seemingly on its own, while the Creeper stands on top of it. When the truck turns around, the Creeper lands on Frank and abducts him while Lang froze in fear, pointing her gun at it. The next day, Gaylen Brandon sees a vision of her son Kenny, who was killed by the Creeper twenty-three years earlier. He warns her that the Creeper will return soon to uncover something buried on the property and will kill anyone there, including her and her granddaughter, Addison.Meanwhile, Tashtego informs Tubbs that he has put together a small team to hunt down the Creeper and kill it once and for all. Later, a group of teenagers discovers the Creeper’s truck in a field. After finding the bodies, they take off on dirt bikes but one of them, Kirk, is shot in the leg with the spear. As two of the other boys try to free him, the Creeper returns and kills them both with another spear. The last boy is abducted by the Creeper as he tries to escape for peeing on the Creeper’s truck. Later, Addison goes into town to buy hay for her horse. When she can’t pay for it, her friend Buddy helps her out and the two drive up to a plantation house to deliver more hay. There they find the owner and a couple other men hiding under cars, but before they can get help the Creeper arrives and abducts Addison, leaving Buddy traumatized. Gaylen discovers a sack containing the Creeper’s severed hand buried in her front yard, and when she touches it she goes into a hypnotic state. When Tashtego and Tubbs arrive with the team, she reveals that the hand contains secrets about the Creeper’s origins, and Tashtego decides to touch it to uncover a possible way to kill it. Addison wakes up in the Creeper’s truck, along with Kirk and together they try to find a way out. When Kirk reaches for the door handle a spear shoots out from between the seats and impales him in the head.Meanwhile, Tashtego and Tubbs discover the Creeper’s location and they head off to find him, along with Michael who has a machine gun attached to his car. They find the Creeper driving down the highway in his truck, but when they shoot at it the bullets deflect, and Michael is killed. A small explosive is then ejected from the bottom of the Creeper’s truck. When it goes off, Tashtego and Tubbs car lands in a field. Tubbs gets out and tries to shoot the Creeper, but all of his attempts fail. Before the Creeper can kill Tubbs, Tashtego calls him and he goes for him instead. When the Creeper jumps in the air Tashtego shoots him several times with the machine gun, but the bullets have no affect and he is tackled to the ground by the Creeper and struck in the head with an axe. When the Creeper stands he removes his axe from Tashtego’s head and walks away, while Tubbs watches from afar. That night, the Creeper discovers that Addison is still alive but before he can kill her, she causes the spear to shoot out and impale him in the head. She quickly escapes and runs through a field. Unable to run, he throws a spear at her which barely misses her. He is then hit by a truck and Addison runs away. When the truck driver gets out to see what happened, he is killed by the Creeper. Addison runs and hides in the field, but she is found by Gaylen and Buddy and the three leave together. The Creeper then returns to Gaylen’s house where he finds a sign that says ‘We know what you are’ along with the hand, and yells out in anger.The next day, Addison says goodbye to Buddy as he leaves for a high school basketball game in the same bus that is attacked by the Creeper in the second movie. Twenty-three years later, Trish Jenner is seen typing a letter on a computer calling for people to fight against the Creeper when it returns, and vows to get revenge on the Creeper for the death of her brother, Darry.For a lower budget horror film, JC3 does an admirable job in living up to the quality of its predecessors. The film takes place between the events of the first and second films and also brings Trish (Gina Philips) back for a nod to a potential fourth installment. The infamous truck is back and is as diabolical as ever, with a few new twists. Editing really lends itself to a thriller-type feel, but still with a good deal of kills/blood in keeping with the canon. Acting by the principals was generally excellent, Jonathan Breck is still in top form. CGI weaker in quality than most films today, given the budget shortcomings, but not any worse than the first film. All-in-all, thought it was better than the trailer hinted, and am looking forward to the re-match between Trish and the Creeper should they make jeepers 4.

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REVIEW: JEEPERS CREEPERS 2

CAST

Nicki Aycox (Roadkill 2)
Justin Long (Waiting)
Jonathan Breck (Dreamland)
Garikayi Mutambirwa (Clockstoppers)
Ray Wise (Robocop)
Diane Delano (The Wicker Man)
Bob Papenbrook (Power Rangers)
Josh Hammond (The Brotherhood)

On its twenty-second day of feeding, the Creeper, disguised as a scarecrow, abducts young Billy Taggart in front of his father Jack and elder brother Jack Jr. The next day, a school bus carrying a high school basketball team and cheerleaders suffers a blowout, after one of the wheels is hit by a hand-crafted shuriken (throwing star) made out of bone. Cheerleader Minxie has a vision of Billy and Darry Jenner, the Creeper’s victim from the first film, who attempt to warn her about the Creeper, before he blows out another tire, disabling the bus. With the party stranded, the Creeper abducts the coaches and the bus driver. When he returns he singles out several of the students, including: Dante, Jake, Scotty, Bucky, and Double D. Minxie has another vision in which Darry explains that every twenty-third spring, for twenty-three days, the creature emerges from hibernation to eat humans.After hearing several police reports, the Taggarts go hunting for the Creeper and make radio contact with the school bus. The Creeper attacks Bucky but Rhonda impales him through the head with a javeline. He then kills Dante, and uses his severed head as a replacement for its own. The students leave the bus, but when the Creeper returns, they are chased into a field, where the Creeper kills Jake and takes Scotty. After the Creeper attacks Bucky on the bus again, Taggart shoots it with a home-made harpoon; but the Creeper manages to escape and flips the truck. Izzy, Rhonda, and Double D attempt to escape in a truck and are chased by the Creeper, causing the vehicle to crash. Despite missing an arm and leg, the Creeper continues to pursue Double D until Taggart arrives and shoots it in the head with the harpoon. Taggart repeatedly stabs the Creeper in the chest but the creature goes into a hibernation state before it can die. Twenty-three years later, a group of teenagers drive to Taggart’s farm, where the Creeper is a sideshow attraction, and see Taggart watching it with the harpoon at his side. When they ask him if he is waiting for something, Taggart looks up at the Creeper and says, “About three more days, give or take a day or two.”Victor Salva makes great use of the ‘surprise element’. All the characters in Jeepers Creepers are equally meaningless so you never really know who will get killed next. Even the most popular jock, the most innocent child or the cutest girl can die at any time and this results in an exiting drop-out race of which you don’t want to miss a second. The film is not as gory as you might think and the stress is more laid on tension. Salva and his crew use the remote location to the fullest and the film contains eerie shots of wide cornfields and roads with no chance for shelter. The cast of young and inexperienced kids do a fairly good job. The only familiar face in Jeepers Creepers 2 is Ray Wise (from the cult series ‘Twin Peaks’). This film will never be a classic but at least its entertaining horror without much pretension.

REVIEW: JEEPERS CREEPERS

CAST

Gina Philips (The Anarchist Cookbook)
Justin Long (New Girl)
Jonathan Breck (Dreamland)
Patricia Belcher (Bones)
Eileen Brennan (Miss Congeniality 2)
Brandon Smith (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series)

Trish Jenner and her brother Darry are traveling home from college for spring break. As they drive through the Florida countryside, an old rusty truck tries to run them off the road. The vehicle eventually passes them, and they later see the same truck parked next to an abandoned church with a man sliding what appears to be bodies wrapped in bloodstained sheets into a large pipe sticking out of the ground. The man notices Trish and Darry watching him and attempts to run them off the road a second time.After escaping, Darry convinces Trish to go back to the church and investigate. At the church, Darry hears noises coming from within the pipe and crawls inside with Trish holding on to his feet, but he ends up falling in. At the bottom, he finds a dying man with stitches running down his stomach, and hundreds of other bodies sewn to the walls and ceiling. After Darry escapes, the two flee the scene and attempt to contact the police at a diner. At the diner, they are phoned by a strange woman who warns them that they are in danger. Confused and frightened, they ignore her warning. Later, Trish and Darry leave, with two police officers providing a security escort. As they travel, the police learn that the church has caught fire, and any evidence of bodies has been destroyed. The police are then attacked and killed by the mysterious driver, who loads their bodies into his truck.Fleeing, Trish and Darry stop at a reclusive old woman’s house, and beg her to call the police. The woman complies until she notices the driver hiding in her yard. She attempts to kill him, but the driver kills her and reveals his inhuman face to Trish and Darry, before pursuing them once again. Trish runs the driver over with her car, but they are horrified to see a giant wing tear through his trench coat and flap in the air. They drive to the local police station, where they are approached by psychic Jezelle Gay Hartman. She reveals herself as the woman who called them at the diner and tells them the true nature of their pursuer: it is an ancient creature, known as “the Creeper”, which hunts every twenty-third spring for twenty-three days to eat human body parts, which then form parts of its own body. She also tells them that it seeks out its victims through fear, and, by smelling the fear from Trish and Darry, it has found something it likes, but she does not know what.The wounded Creeper arrives and attacks the police station. After cutting off the power, it gains entrance to the cells and eats prisoners to heal. The Creeper is swarmed by police but kills a number of them and evades capture. Trapped, Jezelle warns Trish and Darry that one of them will die a horrible death. Darry demands to know who, and Jezelle looks at Trish. The Creeper finds them, but spares Jezelle as she does not have anything it wants. The Creeper corners Trish and Darry in an upstairs interrogation room, and after sniffing and tasting them, the Creeper throws Trish aside and chooses Darry. Trish offers her life for her brother’s, but the Creeper escapes out of the window and flies away with Darry. The next day, Trish is picked up by her parents, and Jezelle returns home in regret. In the Creeper’s new hideout, an abandoned factory, it is revealed that the Creeper has removed the back of Darry’s head and taken his eyes.Jeepers Creepers has more in common with 1950’s EC horror comic books than any B Horror movies that have been made in the past twenty years. That fact isn’t bad, it’s great! There are a lot of horror plot ideas out there that have never seen decent expression. The film has some decent surprises along the way and the pace stays interesting. The identity of the monster stays a little mysterious. You’re not totally certain what it’s supposed to be. The plot is done intelligently for a Grade B movie. The dialog isn’t stupid or contrived.