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I'll stay off U2-27 for now on...,
This review is from: Jeepers Creepers (DVD)
The idea of traveling on the open road is both inviting and horrifying. On one hand, the road is paved with values that can shape and change your life. On the other more mysterious and deadly hand, the road is filled with the worst thing of all, the unknown. "Jeepers Creepers" seems to capture that perfectly. Instead of coming to the unknown a la "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", the unknown comes to them. That's a scary thought...
Justin Long and Gina Phillips as the two protagonists, Darry and Trish, are driving home to see the old family. Along the way, across barren terrain, they are daunted by an unusual, hollowed out truck that almost throws them from the road. It's only later down the road when they see it again, but by then, they're already a part of something much bigger.
"Jeepers Creepers" is by far one of the better horror films to have come out in the past ten years. There's something original and real in the whole mess. Victor Salva, the director, never tries to be overly stylistic and keeps the film simple. There are dark edges, but never too dark (i.e. Alex Proyas, David Fincher) and the film never sets a certain date, leaving the audience to feel very general about the whole thing. In a way, the film is a bit timeless.
Story wise, Salva creates two great characters. Darry and Trish are perfect examples of young adults in any generation. Not to mention both Philips and Long play them very well with such chemistry too. I like how it's a brother and sister ordeal and not the usual boyfriend and girlfriend motif that's been outdone in horror films, especially for the past twenty years. There's a lot going for it. While I must admit the film's first half is stronger over the latter, it's the ending that makes this film most memorable and actually horrific. Ballsy might be a good word for it.
Between the fluid storyline, the dark visuals, chilling soundtrack (of course, the title track too), "Jeepers Creepers" is one of the better modern horror films to have come out in awhile. Just stay far, far away from the sequel...
That's a scary thought in itself.
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Initial post: Aug 1, 2009 12:15:08 PM PDT
Joann L. Tennant says:
I watch so many horror movies, and just plain scary movies. I thought this movie was awesome. It had tension, and didn't rely on tons of gore constantly. I thought the characters were so good, That I thought a bout the movie long after it was over. Maybe because I was actually so sad at the end. I honestly can't remember when I was sad at the end of a horror flick!
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