Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Where'd you get those peepers?

Where'd you get those peepers?

This is an underrated horror movie if you ask me.  I avoided Jeepers Creepers for a while because I thought it was another movie (one scene involved a school bus being attacked at night, does that ring a bell to anyone?), but it came on television the other day and nothing else was on, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Jeepers Creepers is an admittedly b-horror movie that’s unpretentious, and when I say unpretentious I mean its true definition: “free from ostentation, elegance, or affectation.”  (Thanks,  It doesn’t claim to be great, just a lot of scary fun, and that it is.

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of creature/monster movies anymore because they’re quite hokey and unbelievable these days.  It’s all about slashers and serial killers now, so this was refreshing.  While the monster in Jeepers Creepers is a little hokey-looking when you do see it, it’s easily dismissed because it’s still scary and by the time its physical appearance is revealed there’s already been enough tension built up to let it slide by.

Besides the tension and suspense this movie has and never lets go, I also liked that it started right from the beginning.  No character development, no cool music montage while the credits roll, just a simple backstory: a brother and sister on their way home from school.  Because honestly, do we really care about these people who we know will mostly likely be sliced and diced (or eaten) in two hours or less?  I don’t.

So, like most horror movies, don’t expect a masterpiece because this is not the right genre.  Enjoy it, don’t take it seriously, and you’ll be in for some fun.

EDIT: I figured out which movie I was originally thinking of.  It turns out to be the sequel to Jeepers Creepers.




~ by elizabeth on November 9, 2008.

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