Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Movie #311: Jeepers Creepers 2

Jeepers Creepers 2 is, of course, the sequel to Jeepers Creepers, and is also directed by creepy-ass child molester Victor Salva. This one stars Ray Wise, Jonathan Breck, Gariyaki Mutambirwa, Eric Nenninger, Nicki Aycox, and Travis Schiffner. Justin Long makes a cameo as his doomed character from the first movie.

So, once every 23 years, for 23 days, it gets to feed, "it" being the titular Creeper (Breck). We pick up a few days after the events of Jeepers Creepers, with the Creeper snatching a young boy (Shaun Fleming) from his family's cornfield as his father, Jack Taggart (Wise) and older brother (Luke Edwards) look on in horror. And then there's this school bus full of football players, returning from a victory at a championship game or something. The Creeper flats their tires, they get back on the road, and then it gets dark and he flats their tire again, kills the coach and the bus drivers, and then starts terrorizing the kids.

This movie ends with Taggart rolling in to the rescue (I mean, for the people who haven't been eaten already) and pinning the thing to his barn. 23 years later, we get kids rolling in driving a car that looks old and out of date for now, asking to see "it", and there's old Taggart, sitting there with a shotgun, waiting for it to wake up.

Oy. So, the original movie is creepy, even if you don't know about Salva. It's nicely atmospheric and tense, and we learn just enough about the Creeper to make him scary. But we don't see much of him, and that's effective for the few moments we do get a good look. But this movie shows the Creeper in full light, again and again. And it's so damned repetitive. The Creeper yanks a coach off the ground and flies straight up, OK. That's kind of a cool shot. But then it happens two more times. The bus tire gets nailed with a throwing star made of human parts, OK, that's kind of cool and creepy. Then it happens again. Yawn.

And then there's the whole "man, a whole lotta shirtless dudes" and the fact that, with the exception of the bus driver (Diane Delano), no women are harmed. I know that women getting killed in horror movies is not something that the genre is short of, but in this particular instance, it's weird, because the Creeper is a scary guy in a long coat targeted young, cute, shirtless guys. Gah.

My Grade: D+
Rewatch value: Low

Next up: Jennifer's Body