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  • Summary: After making a horrific discovery in the basement of an old abandoned church, Trish (Philips) and her brother Darryl (Long) watch their routine road trip home from college turn into a heart stopping race for their lives. (United Artists)
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Salva's view of the universe is bleak, but he communicates it with scary sincerity.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    The movie is good enough to put a chill into the late-summer air. Salva has nasty surprises in the grim, minor-key last third, during which the feeling dawns on you that sleep for the next few nights won't come easily.
  3. 67
    If "The Others" is this year's paean to “quiet” horror, then Jeepers Creepers is its down 'n' dirty, punk rock, rip-your-throat-out-and-feed-it-to-you bastard child.
  4. The first half-hour of this movie is sensational, creating an atmosphere of dread that any horror master would envy.
  5. 40
    Gets off to a great start and then simply shuts down, like an awesome vintage car on an ambitious road trip.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    40
    Emerges as the most conventional and least imaginative of the recent crop of high-class fright movies that includes "The Others," "Session 9" and "Wendigo."
  7. This tripe, however, isn't worth your time or our ink.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 54
  2. Negative: 15 out of 54
  1. RickyM.
    Oct 18, 2009
    10
    An instant horror classic one of the best of its kind Creepy intelligent suspenseful and scary a refreshing story as well.
  2. luisp.
    Aug 1, 2006
    10
    Exellent film.
  3. marshallm.
    Sep 23, 2005
    9
    classic! and really, really, really creepy.
  4. Jan 31, 2013
    6
    "You know the part in scary movies when somebody does something really stupid, and everybody hates them for it? This is it." Trish and Darry"You know the part in scary movies when somebody does something really stupid, and everybody hates them for it? This is it." Trish and Darry are stalked by a terrifying man-eating creature while on their way home for spring break in 2001's JEEPERS CREEPERS! Victor Salva directs from his own original screenplay, which is lazy, messy, and misguided from the very start. JEEPERS CREEPERS opens as a suspenseful thriller, before revealing that the killer creature is actually rooted in the supernatural. Whenever the action lulls or our interest in the characters begins to fade, Salva throws in some desperate new gimmick to try and gain back his lost momentum without ever actually attempting to improve upon the story itself. The creature goes from being an axe-wielding maniac to being a cannibalistic ghoul to then tranforming into a cannibalistic ghoul with wings and mandibles which serve no other purpose than to show off the flashy special effects. At one point, Salva writes himself into a corner when attempting to explain the creature's origin or why it only eats certain people and parts of the body, and hence "Jezelle the Psychic" is born out of convenience and necessity. If we are to believe that the creature can only replenish its limbs and vital organs by eating the flesh of its victims, just how is it supposed to grow back those wings, anyway? As annoying as they often can be, Justin Long and Gina Phillips are goofy enough to keep us entertained as the unfortunate brother and sister team, while Jonathan Breck adds a frightening new villain to the modern Slasher genre. Expand
  5. Oct 2, 2010
    5
    Interesting premise and decent leader actors, but the script didn't have enough memorable or genuinely scary moments to be great. Also, theInteresting premise and decent leader actors, but the script didn't have enough memorable or genuinely scary moments to be great. Also, the monster wasn't scary at all once you saw him. Expand
  6. DTHOMPSON
    Jan 9, 2006
    4
    Excellent openning, then slowly crept toward the "stupid victim" sub-genre of horror. Too bad, the openning really did have promise.
  7. Jw.
    Sep 15, 2007
    2
    By far the most surreal take on the upholstery business to date... Would (probably) be terrifying, if a viewer could in any way identify with By far the most surreal take on the upholstery business to date... Would (probably) be terrifying, if a viewer could in any way identify with victims who, upon noticing a large figure dumping what looks to be a body into a dark culvert, say "Yes, the proper thing to do is drive back alone and climb on in." Horror fans - amazingly - agree with this premise every time. Expand

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