Saturday, January 24, 2015

Film Review: Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Jeepers Creepers (Review)
United States/2001
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: Yes

"...maybe we can call it 'flawed perfection?'"

Siblings Trish (Gina Philips) and Darry (Justin Long) travel through the countryside on their way home during college break. On their trip, the pair stumble upon a terrifying secret...

Jeepers Creepers follows these normal siblings as they travel home during their break. In the desolate countryside roads, the pair encounter a man in an ominous brown truck. Soon, they find the man harbors some sinister secrets in the basement of a church. Afterward, the pair are relentlessly pursued by the man, who turns out to be a beast unlike anything they've ever encountered. It's a very straightforward story, not much else to say about it. Well, the ending was also a bit strange, but I liked it.

I think Jeepers Creepers is a superb horror film. I emphasize horror because that's what it's good at -- I'll get to the bad soon. Jeepers Creepers begins with an excellent introduction -- it's dreadfully ominous and very suspenseful. It becomes a bit more strange, stumbling upon some clichés and some plot contrivances as it proceeds. However, Jeepers Creepers managed to stay consistently frightening and exciting. The story flows in a straight line, but it kept me hooked and interested from beginning to end thanks to the horror. Jeepers Creepers offers plenty of suspense, a few effective jump-scares, some splendid visuals, and even some gore. Also, The Creepers' design was chilling, I especially liked his ominous and mysterious design towards the beginning of the film.

Okay, so what's so bad about Jeepers Creepers? Well, like I mentioned, it's incredibly contrived and cliché. Even if you're hooked and frightened, it's difficult to excuse the handful of clichés and plot contrivances. The story, as straightforward as it may be, is dictated by the characters and their stupid actions. I thought the use of a psychic was interesting, but also ill-fitted -- a glaring plot contrivance. These flaws don't make Jeepers Creepers a bad film, not at all, but they make Jeepers Creepers a flawed film. Considering I loved the horror in this film, maybe we can call it "flawed perfection?"

The acting was good. Gina Philips was decent. She sounded a little unnatural at times, but she wasn't bad. Justin Long delivers a strong performance; he seemed really immersed into the character and the horror. Although limited in location, the film is shot well enough. The music is a little over-the-top, but I liked it. The makeup is a little hit-or-miss. I loved The Creepers' design, but some of the gore and corpses looked off. However, I loved the fact that it was mostly practical -- a big plus for that. Writer and director Victor Salva knows how to craft a horror scene. He builds an ominous atmosphere, he crafts some very effective suspense, and he pulls some solid performances from his cast -- and it's all very stylish. However, Victor Salva suffers from some cliché and contrived writing.

Overall, Jeepers Creepers is a great horror film. Although the story suffers from some unfortunate flaws, Jeepers Creepers manages to deliver the horror. It's jam-packed with suspense, jump-scares, creepy visuals, and an iconic creature. It's also ferociously paced, the film rarely stops to breathe. With that said, if you need to kill an hour and a half, Jeepers Creepers is worth your time.

Score: 7/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore.

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