The Creeper is back, in the extremely flawed, but exceedingly fun, Jeepers Creepers 2. And this time around, writer/director Victor Salva (Jeepers Creepers, Clownhouse) pulls out all the stops to the Creeper’s ritualistic forage.
Taking place within a few days following the first film, the somewhat titular flesh-eating creature does much less creeping, as he divulges his presence right off the bat after a bus full of championship high school footballers breaks down on a desolate road.
In a ducks-in-a-barrel style of attack, the Creeper plays with his food, taunting them from the window, winking and pointing at his individual meal selections in an extremely dark but humorous manner.
But when a grieving father, Hell-bent on avenging the death of his adolescent son intervenes, a battles ensues that finally gives the ancient demon a run for his money.
What makes this film a perfect Halloween treat is that the Creeper is perhaps one of the most well-made practical horror movie monsters of recent times, thanks to key makeup artist and creature and effects supervisor Brian Penikas.
And although the Creeper lore states that he feeds for 23 days, every 23rd spring, the aforementioned flaws include high school students returning from a championship game (high school football season ends in November), only to be stalked by the creature surrounded by fields of fully-grown corn (harvest season anyone?).
The film is well known for its continuity errors, but don’t let the bad reputation hinder a sit down with this one, it’s a wild ride and worth a watch for anybody looking for a fun-filled and over-the-top horror flick this holiday.
~ Matthew “Bat-thew” McPhee