Friday, October 1, 2010

Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)

 Jeepers Creepers 2 (USA, 2003) - Color, Director(s): Victor Salva
MPAA Rating: R
Approx. 104 min.

Z-rating: 5 out of 10 stars

Picking up a few days after where the first one leaves off... The Creeper, who after abducting a child and pissing off a farmer and his other son, proceeds to attack a school bus filled with high kids returning from a Championship game. A shuriken made of teeth and claws tears apart one of their tires. After piling back into the bus to continue their trip home, with the sun setting on their adventure, another shuriken blows out another tire as one of the students starts dreaming of both Justin Long from the first movie and the child abducted at the beginning of the film trying to warn them of danger. Getting out of the bus to lay out flares, the adults are immediately snatched up by The Creeper, leaving the lot of high school students to fend for themselves.

This is a relatively decent follow up to the original Jeepers Creepers, but lacked some of the scares of the original. This movie shows off more of The Creeper's abilities and even describes what he feels like, (apparently his wings are like shower curtains) but this movie relied to heavily on CGI effects to advance the storyline, rather than letting the story lead the movie. I read once that sequels were supposed to deliver more scares, more nudity, and more gore. I don't think this one compares to the original in the scares department, there's not any nudity that I can really remember, and there wasn't a lot more gore in this one either. As far as following the formula goes, I'd say they weren't very successful. With the storyline focused around a group of high school students, I can't help but feel like this is more of a teen scream. So if you're going for that type of Halloween party, then by all means... go for it. I personally prefer to have a variety, so I would probably rent the first one and put it on a playlist with some other films from other sub-genres.

Nudity: None.

Gore: Mild gore, nothing too splatterific.

Awesome: Not very, this totally doesn't live up the first one and seems more like a mindless Hollywood sequel pumped out to milk a little extra cash from a great concept. My biggest complaint about this movie is obviously the CGI effects. There was a scene where The Creeper rips his own head off and grows a new one, thanks to the head that he assimilated earlier, which first emerges resembling the teenager that it was taken from. Through the use of crappy CGI, a face that was distinctly human now changes to an exactly replica of The Creeper's head. (Sharp teeth and everything!!) Looked like some cheap Power Rangers effects.