Jeepers Creepers, 2001
dir. Victor Salva
Poor Justin Long, he can’t catch a break in these horror films. Anyway.
This is really fun! The inner mythology of the film is really cool, with the Creeper creature coming back for twenty-three days every twenty-three years to feed. It would’ve been even more interesting if the Creeper had been a well-known myth in the area, with conspiracy theories about the missing persons reports and all that, almost like the Blair Witch in a way. But the way it was handled was good in itself, with the mystery within the film adding to the tension. No one really knew what was happening, they had no clue whatsoever.
But what I liked most was how clever the characters were. Trisha and Darry went to the police, they called people to help, she wouldn’t stop trying to run over the monster. They had a lot of agency as horror victims, and that made their journey all the more gripping, because they weren’t just running away or sitting back waiting for the Big Bad to come back — they were trying to do something about it. Trisha in particular, always level-headed, trying to think a way out of the situation. And the fact that they were siblings really helped create that bond that made the ending all the more sad.
It’s a really fun film indeed, and I’ll probably look out for the sequel once my marathon is finished.