Jeepers Creepers is a 2001 horror film written and directed by Victor Salva. The movie takes its name from the song "Jeepers Creepers" which is featured in the movie. Incidentally, the song was first featured in the Warner Bros. film Going Places, which at one time was owned by this film's distributor United Artists (along with the rest of the pre-1950 Warner library).
- WhAT's EATing you?
- Evil is right behind you
- A nightmare cloaked in rags.
- The Tastiest Horror Film of the Year!
- Get a Taste of the Year's Best Horror Film!
- You Are NOT What You Eat...
- He's watching... He's waiting... He's hungry...
- Things are gonna get creepy...
The film chronicles a day in the life of siblings, Trish (portrayed by Gina Philips) and her brother Darry Jenner (played by Justin Long) coming home from college. As they drive through the North Florida countryside, a mysterious driver in a rusty 1941 Chevrolet COE van tries to run them off the road. After letting the vehicle pass them, they see the same driver tossing what looks to be bodies, wrapped in blood-stained sheets, into a large pipeline sticking out of the ground adjacent to an abandoned church.
After the driver tries to run them off the road a second time, Darry insists they go back and investigate. Darry orders Trish to hold his feet while he looks in the pipe. Rats appear in front of him and he freaks out, causing Trish to lose her grip on his legs, and he falls down the pipe. At the bottom, he finds hundreds of bodies sewn together, covering the walls of a massive cavern beneath the church. Darry eventually finds a way out visibly traumatized by what he has seen in the pipe. He and Trish flee the scene and stop at a gas station where they contact the police. While waiting for the cops to arrive, they are phoned by a local psychic, Jezelle Gay Hartman, who warns them about the danger they face. She plays them the song "Jeepers Creepers" on the phone, and tells them that when they hear that song, they will be in extreme danger. Badly frightened, they nevertheless take no notice of her (and Darry just curses at her). Word arrives that the old church had gone up in flames and all evidence of any bodies has been destroyed. Trish and Darry rush out of the police station with the police providing a security escort.
As they travel, the police are attacked and killed by the mysterious driver of the 1941 Chevrolet COE van. While Trish and Darry flee the scene, he loads the policemen's bodies into his truck. Darry and Trish try to get help from a local eccentric, but the mysterious driver catches up to them and kills her. They manage to hit the mysterious driver with their car, and run him over several times. After crushing the mysterious driver's body they realized its inhuman nature when, what appears to be a giant wing, begins to flap around. Leaving it on the road, they drive to the local police station to wait for their parents, but Jezelle shows up and warns them they are still in danger.
Jezelle tells them the true nature of the mysterious creature: it is an ancient demon known as "The Creeper", which rises every twenty-third spring for twenty-three days to feast on human body parts which, upon consumption, form part of its own body. She also tells them that it seeks out its victims through fear, and that by smelling the fear from Trish and Darry, it has found something it likes, but she does not know what.
The wounded Creeper attacks the police station and gains entrance to the cells. After it feasts on prisoners (to heal) it is swarmed by police, but kills a number of them. Jezelle guides Trish and Darry upstairs, telling them one of them will die, screaming for the final in the dark while the song "Jeepers Creepers" plays in the background. The Creeper heads towards Jezelle and sniffs her, but lets her go, and heads off to find Trish and Darry.
The Creeper catches up and captures the siblings it smells both continuously and eventually he tastes trish and throws her away and smells Darry some more and decides that he wants him (as darry had been in the house of pain).Trish tries to reason with it, and tries to give her life for her brother's. The police burst in and take aim, but the Creeper escapes out the window with Darry. The next day, Trish, contemplating Darry's fate, is picked up by her parents, and Jezelle returns home in regret.
The final scene shows the Creeper in its new hideout, an abandoned boiler factory, and the sound of darry screaming and crying is heard as the factory is shown in great depth. Darry's screaming suddenly cease as it finally goes to the creeper's new lab where the creeper is shown sitting on a stool doing an unknown activity before getting up. The audience then discovers what the Creeper had wanted: by sewing off the back of Darry's head, it has consumed his eyes, leaving him an eyeless, motionless corpse. The song "Jeepers Creepers" plays in the background. The creeper is shown walking behind darry's eyeless corpse with a needle (most likely to sew the back of his head back on) it looks through the holes with his new brown eyes as the film ends.
In a brief shot after the credits, the Creeper's truck drives by the sun setting while blowing the truck's horn in the air.
- Justin Long as Darius "Darry" Jenner
- Gina Philips as Patricia "Trish" Jenner
- Jonathan Breck as The Creeper
- Patricia Belcher as Jezelle Gay Hartman
- Eileen Brennan as Cat Lady
- Brandon Smith as Sergeant Davis Tubbs
- Peggy Sheffield as Beverly
- Jon Beshara as Officer Robert Gideon
- Avis-Marie Barnes as Officer Natasha Weston
- The third film reveals that the Creeper's truck is booby-trapped. And that he got it back while it was being taken to an impound lot.
- When Darry fell into the sewer pipe it is vertical, but when he is at the top is is diagonal, it cannot be a curved pipe as it would make it impossible for Trish to see through, furthermore she was unable to see at first, until there was light.
When the Creeper is ramming the car from behind if you notice there is no damage to the back of the car in at least two scenes
The Cat Lady has a Double Barreled Shotgun, so after two shots she would have to reload, but after she shoots the Creeper the first time, we hear two more shots.
- When the officer shines his flashlight on the creeper's back the zipper can be seen.
- After the Creeper takes Darry away Trish's eyes are brown, and not blue like they were throughout the film.
- The time of day flashes from night to day and so on, but this may be because it's been a few days.
- Trish's car has a manual function, but the car shifts gears while her hands stay on the wheels.
- When the Cat Lady's corpse is brought out of the house, a crew member can briefly be seen in the house.
- The pipe was slanted and slippery, making it impossible for Darry to be standing on.
- When Darry and Trish are talking on the phone if you listen carefully you'll hear that no one is talking on the other line.
- When Darry is carried away by the Creeper the person that is being carried away is an obvious decoy and the radio used for the sound effects is seen on his neck.
- After Trish leaves the police office a crew member can be seen on the inside.
- When the power goes out at the police station Darry is seen walking ahead of Trish and Jezelle. In the next shot Jezelle is in front and Darry is in back. In the final shot Jezelle is the one in the back and Trish is in the lead, but there's nothing to suggest that they've gone ahead of each other.
Jeepers Creepers opened in 2,944 theaters and took in a domestic gross of $37,904,175. It later made $21,313,614 internationally, making a total of $59,217,789 worldwide.
- Won: Crystal Reel Awards — Best Feature
- Nominated: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films — Saturn Award Best Horror Film
- Nominated: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films — Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Justin Long
- Nominated: International Horror Guild — IHG Award Best Movie
- Nominated: Sitges — Catalonian International Film Festival — Best Film: Victor Salva
In 2003 a sequel was released, Jeepers Creepers 2. Events in the second film take place days after the first film. The Creeper and Darry are the only characters to appear in both films, although they are not the only actors to appear in both films. In the first film, actor Tom Tarantini appears as the minor character "Austin McCoy" AKA "Roach" who is a car thief and regular in the Poho County jail. In the second he portrays "Coach Dwayne Barnes".
MGM has announced a third installment, Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral. The film will continue the story of the original film with Trish (Gina Philips) as she fears her son will have the same fate as her long lost brother Darry (Justin Long), the boy's namesake. The film will also feature the infamous Creeper truck. Jonathan Breck will return as the Creeper. Victor Salva will return as both director and writer. It has recently been confirmed that MGM Studios is interested in bringing a fourth movie to the series and that they intend Salva to film it back-to-back with Jeepers Creepers 3.