Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)

Posted: January 21, 2013 in Movie Review
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Jeepers Creepers 2

Directed By: Victor Salva

Starring: Ray Wise, Luke Edwards, Nicki Aycox, Eric Nenninger, Diane Delano, Jonathan Breck

Subgenre: Demons & Possession

Synopsis: Following immediately after the first film, The Creeper continues to feed, this time targeting a High School basketball team on a long bus ride home.

Thoughts: It didn’t take long for Victor Salva to crank out a sequel to Jeepers Creepers, with the second installment being released just two years after the first.  The movie starts off rather well, with an opening scene that has the Creeper posing as a scarecrow and snatching up some more snacks.  Sadly, after that, it tails off, changing in tone from the first movie and hanging over a cast of mostly unlikable characters.

The setting of the bus at night could have led to some very tense situations, and to be fair, there were a couple, but there was a scene when The Creeper was looking in the window of the bus and winked at one of his would be victims that just felt out of place.  It wasn’t in line with what we had seen from The Creeper at all and really changed how I looked at him from that point forward. 

There is also a less than subtle homosexual vibe with the basketball team, which isn’t foreign to horror flicks (Nightmare on Elm Street 2 anyone?), but it was a little disturbing knowing Salva’s history with minors.  It doesn’t really impact the movie, but it is present none the less.

The cast is pretty bland, especially the high school kids on the bus.  I thought that the most interesting character off the bat was the bus driver, but sadly, she just didn’t last very long.  The one exception to the cast is Ray Wise, who plays the father hell bent on revenge and destroying The Creeper.

JC2 felt different than the first one, but I don’t know if that was by design or if Victor Salva was pressed to deliver a script quickly.  It was obvious in the first movie that Salva attempted to keep The Creeper hidden in a shroud until later in the movie, but in the sequel, he was revealed far too quickly.  There were also way too many silhouette shots of him against the night sky.  It looked like they recycled that one shot several times.

Even though it sounds like I hated Jeepers Creepers 2, that is not the case.  I just didn’t like it nearly as much as I liked the first one.  It is far from a perfect movie, but it is still a decent watch.  The Creeper remains as a very bad ass looking monster, and there are some pretty cool effects in the movie, such as when The Creeper grows a new head.  I’m really looking forward to the third installment and hoping that the 10 years or so has given Salva time to come up with a great storyline.


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