Jeepers Creepers: Five reasons the original is a gory underrated gem

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A Little Personality With The Prowling 

Jeepers Creepers — Courtesy of United Artists

One of the most enjoyable things about Jeepers Creepers is The Creeper’s personality. Something shockingly missing from the inept sequel, The Creeper is a fully developed character in the original. He’s not simply servicing the story’s need of villainy, the beast is an entity all his own.

One example comes when he eats that unfortunate cop’s taster. After cutting the head off, The Creeper whistles the “Jeepers Creepers” song on the way to get his meal. Mirroring early Freddy Krueger, The Creeper does stuff to amuse himself — in his own twisted way.

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And that’s it you creeps. While these are only five things the underrated 2001 film gives us, the picture has much more on display. It’s honestly one of my all-time favorites, often giving me reason to revisit the film — which I did recently in preparation of the new film.

Today, Jeepers Creepers 3 hits cinemas for a one-day engagement. A long time in the making, the film is hopefully going to erase the crap sequel from my memory. Or at least, as I type on my knees in prayer, the film will at lease further this wonderful year of horror we’re in. Expect a review tomorrow you little creepers. See you at the cinemas.

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Jeepers Creepers 3 stars Meg FosterGina Philips and Jonathan BreckVictor Salva directs a screenplay by Salva. American ZoetropeAnsgar Media and Infinity Films produce, with Zoetrope distributing. The Creeper is coming back to cinemas today.

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