When I saw Jeepers Creepers a couple of years ago, I thought it was a very standard horror film that did an excellent job setting the mood and tone for the first half or so. It was very creepy, and if you let yourself become absorbed by it, you could have a lot of fun. Then the introduced this psychic fortelling bad things, and it all went downhill from there. Ah well. Still, it made enough money to justify filming a sequel.
Matt and I headed over to the AMC Avco Theater in Westwood; probably one of the crappier theaters in the area. Oh well. As Matt pointed out, he would have been more comfortable sitting in a church pew; the seats were THAT uncomfortable. Anyways, we were there to see Jeepers Creepers 2, a movie that ultimately was not as good as the first one. The dialogue was hammy. The situations were silly and contrived. The action was alright. The gore was limited. The “scares” were few. Overall, the creepy tone that got under your skin from the first film was just missing. It was more humorous and laughable than I think it intended to be. And the ending, well, are they really gonna be driving old 1950s cars in 2026? Somehow, I doubt it.
The score, by Bennett Salvay is quite good. While I cannot recall any particular theme (although I’m sure a few motifs have worked their way over from his first score), it really did a nice job of snagging me and adding to the suspense/excitement.
Is this film worth seeing? Hmm. If you’re a huge fan of the first film, or of horror, then you’re most likely gonna see it regardless, so go for it, but consider a matinee. Otherwise, I’d say consider this a rental.