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A Few Last Peeps About JEEPERS 2!!

Published at: Aug. 28, 2003, 8:55 a.m. CST by staff

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

They’re doing midnight screenings for this one tomorrow night, as the incredibly overeager ushers at the Cinerama Dome emphatically told each and every patron at the FREDDY VS. JASON late show I went to last night. It opens on Friday. Pretty much, it’s up to you guys now. I enjoyed it for what it is... a giant shark movie. It’s no big mystery what the Creeper looks like. He’s not particularly a figure of fright in the film. He’s more like an unstoppable animal who happens to be very, very effective at killing and eating. I like this one more than the first one, which I thought had a killer start and a weak finish.

Is it great? Nope. Will you agree with me? Dunno. These two reviewers couldn’t agree with one another. Check ‘em out.

Alright,

I know a lot of people had problems with the last half of the first jeepers creepers - so if you had a problem with it, you're probably going to have a problem with jeepers creepers 2. This is a monster flick. And a damned fine one.

The film opens during the daytime (and I think that if they do a third one, it should be entirely during the daylight, as that seems to be when both films are at their creepiest) - with a boy on a farm fixing up the scarecrows. Well, suffice to say, the little one gets plucked away by a not so inanimate scarecrow, The Creeper. But he left behind one of his weapons made with bone from some of his victims (why the previous reviewer said there was no trophy collecting is beyond me, I think there's a lot of trophy collecting.) - so the father and brother of the abducted boy decide to go after him. The rest of the movie consists of a schoolbus full of kids getting plucked off one by one and the fathers quest to kill The Creeper.

Barring any further spoilers, the reason I liked this movie was because there were genuine cringe moments and some excellent deaths. People just seem to not be able to enjoy a good horror flick anymore. Sure, there was no real insight into The Creeper's past (and on a sign at the end, slight spoiler, he's called the bat from hell), but I think that makes him all the more ominous. Are there more of him? What is his purpose? But, as I said, if you can sit back and not question the movie, you'll enjoy it. If you question it you'll end up having more and more questions (Why did he drive a truck in the first movie, why doesn't he do that in this movie? Why don't we hear the jeepers creepers song in this movie? et cetera) - but if you want to see a really creepy winged demon hunting down humans for food and body parts, you're in the right place. Trust me.

Regards,

Trake Adams

Sound like the same film this next guy saw?

Greetings AICN!

While I browse this site on a regular basis, I’ve never written in before. The name I use on the net is Zillamon51. My site is Digital Monster Island, which is dedicated to reviews of giant monster movies (especially Japanese kaiju eiga) on DVD.

I just got back from an advance showing of the new horror flick, Jeepers Creepers 2. Several cast members stopped in Detroit as part of a promotional bus tour a couple of weeks ago, and that’s where I got passes to this free screening.

Let me begin by saying that I really enjoyed the original Jeepers Creepers. It was an effective, well-made horror film. The Creeper was a fascinating new villain who had the potential to become a horror icon like Michael Myers or Freddy Krueger.

I went into JC2 wanting to learn more about the Creeper’s biology and mythology. I was sorely disappointed. JC2 is nothing more than a brainless exercise in killing teens. Give Jason wings, and you have JC2. There are no sympathetic characters for the audience to root for. The few that had any potential in this area were never developed. The two young protagonists in the first film were believable and well-portrayed. The sequel contains nothing but a busload of obnoxious jocks for the Creeper to dispatch. There were a few story elements, like a farmer hunting the Creeper to avenge his son, which could have been interesting. However, they go nowhere. Ditto a girl who suddenly becomes psychic for no better reason than to explain to everyone what the Creeper is trying to accomplish.

Jeepers Creepers introduced a creature with a well thought-out physiology and a potentially fascinating history. All of that is abandoned in JC2 in favor of a meaningless exercise in special effects. I’m glad I didn’t actually have to pay to see it.

-- Zillamon51

Guess we’ll see what the rest of you think this weekend, eh?

"Moriarty" out.





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  • Aug. 28, 2003, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Hey how come they post this rubbish but not my scoop that APHEX

    by Julius Caeser

    Or is that not interesting to anyone but me?

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Aphex twin?

    by Heleno

    Is it just me or is that an interestingly odd choice?

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Aphex Twin

    by Phronk

    That's really fucked up. I've been wishing he'd do a movie soundtrack for years, but that's an odd choice. Oh well, it could be cool.

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 9:32 a.m. CST

    They should get Aphex Twin to MAKE Charlie and the Chocolate Fac

    by earthworm_

    ...now that would be something to get excited about. And VikingK, I've been pretty positive this week. Granted you've ceased flooding the boards with your White stuff line, but still...

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Naysayers 1

    by earthworm_

    VikingKitty 0

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Sniffing Jury's Underpants

    by malcarne

    I knew De Salva was a hack extraordinaire the moment the reform school boys in Powder began chanting, "do the do!" What the fuh? I mean, what prepubescent boyy's ass did he pull THAT line out of? It's tantamount to one of Stephen King's lesser colloquialisms. De Salva's obviously had his mind weakened by the celestial glow of idealized jailbait. --- As for Aphex Twin(Willy Wonka): He did his best work years ago and is no longer relevant except as a historical oddity in the vast mediocrity that is recent electronic music.

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 11:47 a.m. CST

    SALVA IS A CHILD MOLESTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by IAMNOTAGEEK

    FUCK THIS MOVIE! Aphextwin?!?!?! Please don't tell me this movie is going to be as shitty as the Planet of the Apes re-make. Gene Wilder was fucking brilliant, on the edge of true menace. Please don't dumb this thing down.

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Planet of the Apes isn't a remake

    by Blok Narpin

    It was a reimagining. A remake is when you REMAKE the same movie. 2001 Planet of the Apes told a completly different story then 1968 Planet of the Apes.

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I Awoke In The Lair Of The Shark Mimes... In Thigh High Gym Soc

    by Ed McBain

    AICN, stop it. Just stop it. No more mentioning/advertising of any more of this paedo's films UNLESS it's to ask to BOYCOTT them. Which I will do now. BOYCOTT THIS FILM. And stop with these reviews AICN, I will lose ALL respect for you if you have an advertisement banner for this "film".

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Paging Nurse Beckwith! Neo-Natal-Nazis In Pediatrics Again!

    by Ed McBain

    Indeed he is. I believe the child was a 12 year old boy. Not only did he rape him, the bastard video taped it. He

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 5:53 p.m. CST

    why does that second review sound familiar?

    by GrandoCarIissian

    oh because it was posted by harry first here: http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=15925

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Cool I cant wait to see people killed!!!

    by Bong

    I love it when kids andf people are slaughtered on television. I mean I dont see enough of that on the news, so I have to look for that stuff in the movies. YEAH!!!! I want to count the different ways people are killed in this.

  • Aug. 28, 2003, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Great reviews for JP2 and C.H.U.D.

    by nottoo

    Pardon if this was already pointed out by other talkbackers, but the movie watchdog website bitchslap lambasted C.H.U.D. yesterday for giving glowing reviews to this piece of ka-ka film. Conflict of interest in regards to sponsorship, et al, was a focal point of the piece. And our fearless leader of AICN was mentioned, but it appears the past transgresion of this site paled by comparison, etc. You may enjoy reading it, rather interesting stuff. Movie City News also ran the article with an addtional sidebar which poses some interesting questions regarding full disclosure, journalistic ethics and all that good 'ol juicy stuff. Anyway, as for this film - the guy is a convicted child molestor. How he is permitted by law to still make movies with very young boys in his cast is amazing to me. And shouldn't he have to disclose his past convictions to these kids parents or guardians? I should have hoped and thought so. Geese.

  • Aug. 29, 2003, 2:03 a.m. CST

    what the fuck?

    by Renata

    why doesn't Mori mention Salva's past when praising this as a good monster movie? I'm really beginning to hate this site... more than usual. On a more positive note, I just saw Madonna kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera on tv. One dream down, nine to go....

  • Aug. 29, 2003, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Coppola

    by Renata

    and what the fuck is coppola doing supporting this guy his whole career? Apparently, Coppola was a big fan of this ped during CLOWNHOUSE and is really supportive of him now. more proof that Francis has lost his mind (along with any semblance of talent).

  • Aug. 29, 2003, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Creeper vs. Tremors

    by squonk

    I'd see it.

  • Aug. 29, 2003, 7:29 a.m. CST

    from ebert's review

    by fonebone

    "Despite Scott's homophobia, the movie has a healthy interest in the male physique, and it's amazing how many of the guys walk around bare-chested. The critic John Fallon writes "at a certain point, I thought I was watching soft gay erotica," and observes that when four of the guys go outside to pee, they line up shoulder to shoulder, which strikes him as unlikely since they are in a very large field."

  • Aug. 29, 2003, 1:08 p.m. CST

    CHECK OUT THE JP2 AND "CLOWNHOUSE" DVD REVIEWS ON "MOVIE POOP SH

    by IAMNOTAGEEK

    the people there have figured out an intelligent way to both review a film and bring up Salva's past that informs the viewing of his movies. It is disturbing and irresponsible that Harry and Co. choose to shy away from this topic. I also find it disturbing that many who post here insist on equating child molesters with homosexuality. Salva may well be gay, nothing wrong there. However, he RAPED A CHILD. He may have paid his debt to society, but he is still allowed access to underage indiividuals as part of his job. This has to stop.

  • Aug. 29, 2003, 5:49 p.m. CST

    This crap will never be cool.

    by super Cucaracha

    Are they trying to make this so called monster the next big thing? I wanted to fucking split my head open with a hammer after watching the first one. The movie was cool the first 45 minutes and they fucking ruined it. It was so fucking horrible...suicidal thoughts are coming back to me. I'm not even watching this shit on cable beeeatches!

  • Aug. 29, 2003, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Who ever came up with this shit should get electrocuted in the b

    by super Cucaracha

  • Aug. 29, 2003, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Ed MCBAINER!!!!!

    by elmstreetkid

    did you just QUOTE me from my post about Salva on a recent IMDb thread??!??! i use a different screen name.... if so, mark me as flattered :)

  • Aug. 29, 2003, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Terrific

    by 9000rpm

    Just got back and wow, it was a blast. Absotutely believable dialogue and reactions, interesting Captain Ahab thread, and really repellent Creeper. The homo erotiscm was palpable, however (this guy is one sick phuk). Loved the movie, shame about the homo/pedophile.

  • Aug. 29, 2003, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Any of you hypocrites ever heard of someone named Roman Polanski

    by dr. robert

    Polanski drugged and raped a very young girl in a hot tub at Jack Nicholson's house back in the 70s. Hollywood recently gave the guy an Oscar for Direction.

  • Aug. 30, 2003, 2 a.m. CST

    A little off topic but oh well

    by UberSpectre

    JC2 I will see, but let me say that The Pianist is over rated and should have got jack shit at the oscars!!!

  • Aug. 30, 2003, 2:55 p.m. CST

    About AICN and child molesting...

    by Tsunami3G

    if you didn't know Victor Salva was into YOUNG BOYS then you should stay over at MOVIE POOP CHUTE until you learn something and then join the rest of us movie buffs over here.

  • Aug. 30, 2003, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Aphex Twin vs JC2

    by Djx

    Anyone who's seen the video for Aphex Twin's 'Windowlicker' will find JC2 to be tame because that video is infinitely more scary.

  • Aug. 31, 2003, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Suprised

    by mwhelan67

    I'm suprised that the name woody allen hasn't come up yet, and i defy anyone to defend him, raising a girl from childhood only to have sex with her... that's just all kinds of twisted!

  • Aug. 31, 2003, 6:56 a.m. CST

    BTW Jeepers Creepers 2 ,though not flawless, was light years bet

    by mwhelan67

  • Aug. 31, 2003, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Enough already about Salva, talk about the actual movie if you'v

    by jojo-pimp

    Alright, we all know about Victor Salva.....yeah yeah, he was arrested , blah blah....old news, now can we get on with reviews of the actual movie?

  • Aug. 31, 2003, 5:06 p.m. CST

    LICK IT UP

    by TomVee

    Woody Allen and Chinese chocolate. Yum! Or is she Korean? Same difference.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Rumor

    by FloydGandoli

    Rumor has it Victor Salva has been palling around with Project Greenlight's Kyle and Efram.