Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)
Written By: JR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Victor Salva
Producer: Francis Ford Coppola, Kirk D’Amico, Lucas Foster et al.
Screenwriter: Victor Salva
Date of release: December 25, 2014
Ray Wise as Jack Taggart Sr.
Jonathan Breck as The Creeper
Garikayi Mutambirwa as Deaundre ‘Double D’ Davis
Eric Nenninger as Scott ‘Scotty’ Braddock
Nicki Aycox as Minxie Hayes
Travis Schiffner as Izzy Bohen
Lena Cardwell as Chelsea Farmer
Billy Aaron Brown as Andy ‘Bucky’ Buck
Marieh Delfino as Rhonda Truitt
Diane Delana as Bus Driver Betty Borman
Rating = 2/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
A countryside farmer, Jack Taggart Sr. (Ray Wise) is up for revenge against the Creeper (Jonathan Breck) after his son was taken prey by it. Meanwhile, a bus carrying high school athletes breaks down nearby. The athletes and the coach start to panic upon learning that the vicious creature is taunting them for a killing spree. After alerting the community to be on guard, Jack Taggart Sr. arrives to help the athletes with his makeshift harpoon gun. He shoots the Creeper and stabs it multiple times when it went down, hoping to have killed it.
Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003) sports a lot of killing gymnastics made possible by the nature of the Creeper to regenerate body parts by eating the same parts of his prey. It is indeed hungry and it does not just eat for survival but also out of fetish. We can catch a lot of beheading and a lot of buff guys made prey. The silly thing is it sorts its victims and winks at the dudes who have the most appealing scent. Sometimes the gore is gimmicky and sometimes you could just approve of it for fun.
The Grave Review
The second franchise film of Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003) continues the roadtrip thrill but is looser and lazier when it comes to story progression. It opens up with a harrowing loss of a son, but then the writer decides to center it around jocks and cheerleaders together with the callow concerns of high school cliques. The arguments are shallow to the point that you’ll get annoyed with all the fuzz amidst the panic.
What saved this film from being total nonsense is the “Creeper” and its quirks. In the second film, we get to see the creature closely after its physique was revealed in the near end of the first film. Its nose has a hole in the middle that quivers and closes every time it searches for prey, suggesting its heightened sense of smell. The Creeper can also get enthralling as it guises as a scarecrow and spikes crafty blades and daggers to tires. It goes to show that it has a knack for the arts and its schemes are very personal.
The epilogue is also promising with the Creeper being contained in a barn museum and Jack waiting for another 23 years for it to come to life again in order to end it immediately. The narrative could have been better if there is more about Jack’s family than the utter nonsense inside the school bus. The filmmakers have missed its focus only to trade aces for paper-thin characters.
In general, Jeepers Creepers 2 tends to fixate and draw attention to the wrong people that takes away from the more interesting frames in the film. Unfortunately, Jeepers Creepers 2 takes a first-class creature and places it in a fifth-rate story.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003) two graves out of five graves.
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