Horror
Jeepers Creepers 2
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Dir: Victor Salva
Star: Ray Wise, Jonathan Breck, Marieh Delfino, Eric Nenninger
Cert / Year: 15 - R / 2003
Format: DVD R2
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You may as well forget most of what was laid out in the first film as this one 'tweaks' the story right from the offset, into something bearing little relation to the original.

The ancient winged demon known as the "Creeper" (Jonathan Breck) is coming to its 23rd and final horrifying day of a feeding cycle on human flesh before it goes back into hibernation for another 23 years. In the final hours before the Creeper needs to sleep, it embarks on one last voracious feeding frenzy, by terrorizing a school bus containing a college sports team, cheerleaders and coaches stranded on a remote highway after their bus breaks down, thanks to the Creeper himself. Fighting their own fears and inumerable prejudices while trapped aboard the isolated bus, the terrified group of young athletes are forced to work together in oredr to do battle against the winged creature hell bent on finishing its grizzly business before nap time.

A small but nonetheless important rule of thumb when making a film sequel is to use what worked well in the first film, you know the tried and tested approach. DO NOT rewrite the plot and back-story as this is bound to be the point where you fall on your face. Unfortunately Jeepers Creepers 2 ignores this detail and cobbles together a lame and tenuous story which seems to be more bothered about hurling together a bunch of stereotypical annoying, miscreant teenagers on a school bus. As if that weren't bad enough, one of the girls is having psychic visions of Derry (Justin Long), from the first film and screaming ... A lot. In fact all the teenagers on the bus scream a lot, the bulk of their performances is screaming. The assembled cast of teen oiks have the acting talent of a bowl of coleslaw and really are some quite hopeless specimens. You neither care about them or their "predicament" and would much rather go off and watch something else instead, maybe even drying paint as the film just lacks the scare or suspense factor of the original

In Jeepers Creepers, the "Creeper" was and interesting and creative character, it's den under the old church indicated that it had a purpose and was more than a flesh eating bat out of hell. Now, it seems that the character has undergone a de-evolution and now appears to be just that. Now, according to the 'plot' (used in the loosest sense of the word) the Creeper appears every 23 years for 23 days in order to feed on human flesh. This is of course somewhat different to the more purposeful flesh consumption of the first film in which it only consumed the parts of someone that it could use i.e.: eyes, a leg etc. In order to pander to the dimwit audience, they have made the film something that a retarded baboon could understand, although some discerning primates out will draw the line somewhere. The new story is just dumb and trashes much of what was fresh and original Jeepers Creepers. Ok, so the original wasn't everybody's cup of tea, but it had its good points and I for one liked it. I admit, Jeepers Creepers wasn't a brilliant film but it had originality and felt like a homage to the old black and white Universal monster movies so had a distinct charm and a degree of suspense, not to mention a cool ending.

Jeepers Creepers 2 is frighteningly predictable and dumb with a capital "D"! Compared to the original, this is a dreadful turn for the worse, a load of unlikeable indeed detestable teenage morons on a bus. You can't help but root for the Creeper for the most part, if only because the "football" team and its cheerleaders are such cretins, played by vacuous non-entities. Occasionally though something will work quite well, but instantly falls apart as the flimsy, gossamer plot is incapable of sustaining all of the characters, so leaves the film feeling jerky as it struggles to find and maintain a pace and decide what it is. Jeepers Creepers 2 should have provided writer / director Victor Salva with a good opportunity to really let rip with the Creeper character and finish off what he started with Jeepers Creepers and really do something impressive. But, you get the impression that this may be the result of excessive studio intervention or perhaps Salva just lost interest with his project.... Perhaps even both.

Overall, this isn't a terrible film, but it does nothing to really elevate it above the plethora of teen horror garbage, which is flooding the market again. This can only be described as a very mediocre and average move, a predictable 90 minutes of no brain digital entertainment and a needless cash in to the first film. Whatever happened to the original sequel script, featuring Gina Phillips going after the Creeper and Derry? Who knows, and quite frankly after this mess.... who cares!

Rating: 2 out of 5

DVD
Picture 2.35:1 Anamorphic Good transfer but grainy in places
Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital Pretty good soundtrack but not very well used.
Features Goddawful animated menus with bad navigation
Audio commentary from director Victor Salva and members of the cast
Deleted scenes
"Making Jeepers Creepers 2" - featurette
"A Day In Hell": on set featurette
"Creeper Creation" - Makeup featurette
"Digital Effects" - featurette
"Creeper Composer" - featurette
"The Creeper's Lair" - storyboards
Photo gallery
Trailers
Verdict A fair set of extras but the menus are horrible and the special features menu is terrible, allowing no room to navigate. After watching the film you can't be bothered watching the extras!

Rating: 2 out of 5

Reviewed by Logan Back Top Home