Sub-Genre of the Day: Demons
Oddly enough, this was the first film I thought of when I saw the sub-genre for this day. Even though it’s debateable whether The Creeper is a demon, I personally think it is and it would make sense for this to be the case.
The IMDb plotline is as follows: Set a few days after the original, a championship basketball team’s bus is attacked by The Creeper, the winged, flesh-eating terror, on the last day of his 23-day feeding frenzy.
Oh look: it’s another film that I’ve covered on the podcast. I did this one waaay back in February, when the end of the month episodes were just special episodes. In the first special episode, I covered both of the ‘Jeepers Creepers’ films, but I didn’t talk about the second film as much as I did with the first film. Because of this, I felt that I should give this one another chance and I was originally going to do this in the form of a ‘rewatch’ podcast episode. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case and so, our paths have crossed in the form of a written review instead.
So…..I’m going to get ALL the negatives out of the way first.
I understand that this was the only way for the sequel to be executed, but I personally didn’t think it completely worked. If you thought some parts of JC1 was goofy and over-the-top, then just watch this one. Also the characters trapped in the bus are awful and horrible, and I didn’t care about them at all; this makes a huge difference from the Jenner siblings in the first film. Minxie is slightly bearable, and Justin Long’s cameo is a welcome sight, but a very confusing one. I found myself way more interested in Jackie and his dad’s story and, after finding out that these two characters were supposed to be the main story arc, I found myself really wishing that this had still been the case.
The colour design of The Creeper also seemed odd, and less scary and the sound of its scream had also changed, which I liked but I wasn’t expecting the pitch change. Speaking of colouring, the colour grading for the daytime scenes is horrible; it’s way too yellowey/orange and, at times, made my eyes hurt. There was a point where Justin Long’s T-shirt seems to be the same colour as the cornfields in the dream sequnce scenes.
The one positive I can give to this film is it has the most terrifying opening scene I’ve ever seen in a horror film.
Overall, I would watch this as a drunken watch, and I do enjoy this one as such. Although that doesn’t change the fact that the first time I saw this, it made me question whether I did actually like the first film, or whether I’d just been lying to myself the whole time.
The trailer is below: