Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)
When their bus is crippled on the side of a deserted road, a team of high school athletes discover an opponent they cannot defeat – and may not survive. Staring hungrily at them through the school bus windows, The Creeper returns again and again. But when the teammates discover that it’s selective about whom it attacks, it will test their ability to stick together – as the insatiable menace tries to tear them apart!
Wonderful character development!
This is one of the few movies I've ever seen where the whole audience broke into spontaneous, loud applause a third of the way in.
By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.
"Jeepers Creepers" scared the complete hell out of me and was, for the most part, effective and a scary picture. That's a sad note when the sequel "Jeepers Creepers 2" features a fourth-rate cast who can't act, dialogue that sounds like ten-year-old kids fighting with each other and a villain, now called "The Creeper" being on a first class ticket to a third-rate movie."It's about a group of kids on their way home from a basketball game when their school bus is broken down on the side of the road. They soon discover the bus breaking down was no accident and The Creeper (Jonathan Beck), who is on the final day of its 23-day eating- spree has chosen the kids for one final meal before he goes back to sleep for 23 years. The kids attempt to stay alive and fight back while a farmer, Jack Taggert (Ray Wise), who has a personal vendetta against the beast, races to save the kids before it's too late.The had a setup with "Jeepers Creepers" and "Jeepers Creepers 2" throws it right off the tracks with stupidity and characters that are annoying to listen to, to dumb to watch and none of them can act. This is not the sequel we were hoping for. The original was a road picture with the Creeper in the shadows and this screenplay gives us a story where the Creeper attacks a bus full of dummies. It's not scary and the attempted claustrophobic setting on the bus doesn't work either. They attempt to use this setting by making the Creeper selective about who it wants but who cares when we don't care about any of the characters who are simply lunch.It opens well enough, like the original. This time there is no church or anything. The Creeper poses as a scarecrow on a farm and when he is discovered, he takes off with the farmer's young son, Billy (Shaun Fleming) to set up a subplot of the picture. We felt bad for, Trish (Gina Phillip) and Darry (Justin Long) in the original as they drove for their lives and we feel bad for the farmer Taggert but we know he will end up hunting the Creeper and possibly getting revenge. So what do have to look forward to? Not much.Everything revolves around these kids hoping to be rescued from the Creeper. He disables the bus by blowing out the tires with some interesting throwing stars and picks off the adults in charge before attempting to descend on the kids. As usual, there's the nerd, the smart one, the know-it-all and there's the foul-mouthed idiot who will most likely end up getting himself and everyone killed because he is too stupid to think. I'll get to that idiot later. He was my main source of frustration for the movie.What's really disappointing is that we are not given anything involving the farmer. He opened the picture but he becomes a second-rate character who we don't see much of until the last half of the third act. He travels the road with his son, Jack Jr. (Luke Edwards) as they attempt to save the kids. Yes, there is a showdown and Taggert spares no mercy to the Creeper but it's pretty dumb when the third act of the picture has him shooting the Creeper over and over to no effect with homemade harpoons launched from the back of his truck with a rigged up post- puncher.Anyway, the Creeper attacks the bus and eventually they are forced out on the deserted road, by the aforementioned idiot, with the Creeper flying high to easily pick them off. This dummy, Scotty (Eric Nenninger) is the typical moron with a mouth who acts like he knows what he's doing when he doesn't and when they all discover why the Creeper is targeting them and what he does, they panic and make stupid decisions. How do they find out? Apparently, one of the girls on the bus, Minxie (Nicki Aycox) is psychic and tells them they have until the next morning to survive before the Creeper goes to sleep for 23 years. A lonely teenage basketball cheerleader is psychic and knows about the creeper from a dead boy? Yeah...okay. Why doesn't the Creeper just break into the bus and grab them? He intentionally locks them in the bus for the majority of the picture to make sure they don't get out, why? He was such a menace in the original and now he seems to be playing with the kids. Maybe he knows how stupid they are and that eventually, they will try to find a way out of the bus and run where they can become easy targets? The Creeper must be smart because that is exactly what these idiots do even after they were told to hold out until the morning where they will be safe which seems like only a few hours by the end.There is too much stupidity going on to care but the ending sets up "Jeepers Creepers 3" and because of the way this one ends, it could be interesting but don't hold your breath if it's anything like this sequel. As it stands, it's a disappointing and wasted attempt of a thriller that doesn't live up to the original in any way. Speaking of disappointing, you remember in the original how we only learned about what the Creeper does? Well, we learn nothing new about him in this picture either. We don't learn where he came from or, most of all, what he is and why he does what he does. That's a huge slap in the face that I'm sure audiences were hoping to find out and we learn nothing. Hopefully, "Jeepers Creepers 3" will be much better.
Jeepers Creepers II (2003) ** (out of 4)This sequel starts off a couple days after the events in the first film. The small town is aware of the horror that is going on but apparently it hasn't reached a farm. On this farm a young boy is stolen by the creature, which leads his father and older brother to do a search. At the same time a bus full of football players and cheerleaders come under attack and soon the two parties will be teaming up to try and destroy the creature.Sadly, when it comes to horror films, is a film makes money then a sequel is bound to follow. Victor Salva's JEEPERS CREEPERS turns out to be a pretty big hit and it was an actual good movie but sadly none of the creativity that was in the first film carried over to this sequel. There are all sorts of problems with this movie but I'm going to place the majority of the blame on the screenplay, which just takes all the fun and originality from the original movie and throws it out and instead we're given a bunch of boring characters and a pretty bland situation.For the life of me I don't know why Salva kept so much of the action inside this bus. The screenplay throws in some rather bizarre subplots dealing with "types" of characters and I'm really not sure why it's here. I mean, did it add anything to the film? Certainly not anything entertaining as the only thing it added was minutes to an already overly long picture. Another problem I had with the film is that there were way too many characters and not a single one that you really liked or cared for. With such a long running time and no likable characters there's just not much to keep you entertained.The first film worked perfectly because it built up a rather creepy atmosphere and the mystery of the creature worked. Those two things are also missing here as it seems they were just going for some bigger special effects but in the end they didn't add much to the film. It's really too bad JEEPERS CREEPERS II didn't work.
Salva returns as both a writer and director to his successful fright film, Jeepers Creepers. Now according to the Scream franchise, one of the rules about sequels is that the death toll always has to be much higher. Jeepers Creepers 2 is case and point when it comes to that having a plethora of characters that don't have a purpose other than being a potential victim to The Creeper. Salva's sacrifice of character development and story for more action and scares did stagger the flow of the movie a bit but it wasn't a game-breaker. The Creeper scenes looked really good and the monster was shown a little personality this time around, which was rather cool to see. This film is a solid follow-up and another good effort by Victor Salva to his Jeepers Creepers series.
This excuse for a horror movie has made me lose all faith in movies. I was in my club hoping to watch a GOOD movie and my friend brought this in and after I watched it, there could be only one word to describe it; "bullc***". This movie felt like a 10 minute episode of SpongeBob season 6 as it was very boring. The main synopsis here is that a bus full of kids gets stuck in the middle of a strange road near a forest, I think it was; i.e. like the middle of nowhere. They soon argue about stupid things and soon a hideous monster comes to ravage them which ISN'T scary at all! Like as I said in my title, I even find Teletubbies scarier than this insanity, what the writers call a horror movie. It doesn't seem like a movie at all due to the one location plot if ya know what I mean.