Jeepers Creepers

Siblings driving home from Spring break stumble upon a murderer’s hideout.
United States
Germany
2001
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Statues: 
Scarecrow
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The Creeper, new horror icon, remains an enigma to us and to the protagonists for the majority of the plot and then beyond. What starts like a typical road horror movie in the likes of Joy Ride, released the same year, becomes something unexpected and barely foreshadowed in the second half. In fact, this unusually paced slasher flick hides another familiar subgenre.
This film is accessible to the mainstream horror crowd but ventures in controversial zones. The villain poses multiple threats and instigates somewhat safe scares, but the depth of his perversion is what makes him both memorable and terrifying. He is, in a way, a glorified rapist. He is most admirable for his mythos, his M.O., and the fact that he comes with his own song.
Jeepers Creepers rekindles horror movie ideas and imagery we hadn't seen in years. Some concepts, here, are reminiscent of ideas considered burnt long ago and find a new audience in the hands of Victor Salva, writer and director. All planets deliberately align for a sequel, and therefore a franchise, from the first scenes in but the film manages to tell a story that feels complete regardless.