Jeepers Creepers 2 is a 2003 horror film directed and written by Victor Salva. The film is a sequel to Jeepers Creepers. Since what day out of the Creeper's 23 active days between periods of 23 years of hibernation wasn't clarified in the previous film, it was decide to place this film within the very same 23 days, but at the end of it
DAY 22: 3 days after the events of the first film.
Farmer Jack Taggart, Sr. is trying get his post-puncher working, but fails to get it working. He blames his younger son, Billy, but he denies any wrongdoing. He then asks his elder son, Jack, Jr. if he has been messing with it. Having been busy fixing their car, "Jackie" is annoyed that his brother has ratted him out. While making sure the scarecrows are fastened tight to their poles, he sees crows be attracted to one not too far from him; "A lot of good they are." Suddenly, Billy sees it turn its head to look at him. Curious, he walks over, examining the scarecrow as he does. Their dog, Mack, begins barking frantcally in the direction of this "scarecrow". Billy examines the scarecrow and becomes frightened to see feet with talons on the end of it; the toes twitch slighly, making Billy begin running in fear. As soon as he does, the "scarecrow" jumps off its post; it's the Creeper! Billy yells for his brother to help him as the Creeper passes over Billy several times to smell his fear; he pounces on him to keep him quiet. Both Jacks, having heard Billy's yells, run out into the cornfield with a rifle. They see Billy being taken away by a figure in black, who checks behind him to see how close their getting. At witts end, the Creeper simply jumps into the air with BIlly and flies away. Both Taggerts are left stunned and horrified as they watch the Creeper fade into the distance with Billy's screams.
Returning home from a Championship game, a group of high school Basketball players, their coaches and cheerleaders become stranded on East 9 Highway in Kassel County when their bus breaks down. The adults discover a makeshirt shuriken in the tire, making them wonder how it could have penitrated it as the rubber the tire is made of is very thick. The teens listen to the radio story about the Creeper's lair being excavated after the fire and the horrific contents he authorities have found. They try radioing for help, while the teens take bathroom break, or relax on the roof of the bus for a tan. The Creeper flies over a Kimball, scaring him, but does not take him. Possibly due to a sunspot, they are unable to use their cell phones. As there is still another tire on the rim the shuriken hit, they can limp home on a slow pace.
At the same time, the Taggerts are preparing weapons in a personal vendetta to slay the Creeper and avenge Billy. Having found a dagger the Creeper dropped, Jack Sr. takes it and uses it to make a harpoon as it naturaly seeks out flesh to peirce, due to failing to make one himself from scratch.
Nightime on the bus, Minxie, one of the cheerleaders is dreaming. She sees Darry Jenner and Billy Taggert, who frantacly point to the cornfield. She looks out and sees a dark figure running through the corn and tossing and object towards the bus. At that moment, the other tire bursts and the bus screeches to a halt. Minxie is left disturbed as her "dream" could have been clairvoyance. The teens are moved off the bus as Coach Hanna starts setting up road flares to alert incoming vehicales that they've broken down. However, once he is far away enough to set a fourth flare, the Creeper pounces from above and takes his "in-flight meal" with him. Driver Betty is now worried and orders the kids back on the bus. She and Coach Barnes call out for Hanna. Bucky, one of the teens, starts radioing for help. However, right as Betty sets a fourth flare, the Creeper pounces on her; the kids see this just as the Creeper returns to the sky. Barnes asks what they saw; "she flew away". However, things start turning sour when Scotty, one of the players who thinks he was purposely not allowed to play more than a few minutes in the game, argues with Barnes. However, as soon as Barnes (who is part-way out of the bus) tells him to sit down, the Creeper grabs him with its feet and tries pulling him away. Unfortunately, the Creeper had to work for this meal as a chain of kids tried holding onto him; in the end, the Creeper's strength proved superior of the teens'. When Scotty is questoned as to what the Creeper looked like, all he can say is "It had wings..."
Elsewhere, Jack Sr. is listening to the radio for any stories that might lead him to the Creeper. Upon hearing Kissel County had stories that may lead him to his prey, Jack takes off with his son to conduct his vendetta.
Back on the bus, everyone tries radioing for help, but find noone is responding to them; Rhonda, girlfriend to Scotty, is left pissed and confused as to how their cell phones can still not be working. Minxie notices something by the doors and backs away in silent horror. The other teens look at the doors to see the Creeper smelling their fear. They quickly hide themself below the seats as the Creeper jumps onto the side of the bus, and the onto the roof of it, Scotty suggests that Bucky move the bus, but is told that on the bare rims, the bus would only move a few feet away. The Creeper then looks at them from the emergency exit, smiling as he smells them. He then picks out Scotty, Dante, Bucky, Jake, Minxie and "D" as the courses for this meal; he makes gestures to confirm his choices. Upon smelling something he wants it "D", the Creeper appears to suffer orgasmic pleasure at the scent of what in him it wants to eat. He then shakes the bus, making Scotty prepare to fire a flare at it if it comes inside. However, the Creeper climbs back onto the roof and flies off into the sky.
Minxie faints, falling into another dream. Darry's spirit appears before her, showing the Creeper as a scarecrow in a cornfield. Though he speaks rapidly, everything he says about the Creeper is absorbed by Minxie. He then gives the most important warning: "Every 23rd Spring, for 23 days, it gets to eat." When Minxie questions what, Darry appears without his eyes, saying "Eat us." The dream Creeper prouts its wings, shockings her awake. Some teens wonder if the Creeper is still around, but Scotty is convinced it won't come back. However, Minxie explains it was picking people out; "a dead boy told me" that "this thing has been around for hundreds of years and nothing has been able to kill it." She then explains the Creeper picks which parts of people it wants to it by smelling their fear. Scotty thinks Minxie is suffering from a drug usage, but Rhonda tells him to shut up. Minxie then adds none of those it chose will be safe anywhere until Midnight that night, as that's when the Creeper will go back into dormancy until 23 years later, when it awakens again for 23 more days in an endless cycle. Bucky begins radioing for help once again, hoping someone with guns will respond.
In the meantime, the Taggerts come accross another car that fell victim to the Creeper; its occupants offered to let the Highway Authority know about the bus, so this is probably why the Creeper attacked them. While Jack Sr. examines the empty remains of the wreck (which ironicly has a bumbersticker saying "I'm not a complete idiot; some parts are missing"), Jack Jr. recieves Bucky's distress call. They learn that the Creeper is trying to attack and eat them, and that they won't be safe unless they get armed help; unfortunately, the Taggerts are still far away. Jack Sr. infroms them that he'll inform the police, but turns off the radio; the Creeper is HIS prey and no matter how many die, he's avenging Billy.
Back on the bus, everyone is cheering for now they have hope of escaping the Creeper. However, unseen by them, the Creeper rises into view of the Emergnecy Exit and removes his stetson before jumping out of view. As Bucky cheers about gettin rescued, the Creeper pierces the roof and grabs his head. However, Rhonda uses a javelin leftover from a previous bus trip, to impale the monster through its shoulder, annoying it. On a second try, she spears it through its left eye, forcing the Creeper to let go off Bucky and pull the javelin through the roof. The Creeper tries removing the spear from either end, but finds that he cannot. He then rips it off, along with the left side of his upper head. One of the kids sees this through the hole the Creeper made and watches as it flies off into the sky. However, the Creeper comes crashing back down and causes the glass windows to explode on the bus. Noone can believe this; the monster is DEAD!?
Scotty doesn't care if it's dead or not, but it's time to get the doors open and run for their lives. However, they discover that both the regular door and the Emergency Exit now won't open; oddly the front windshield is still intact. Izzy, another teen, realises the Creeper was smarter than they thought; "He jammed it. We thought he trying to come it, but this freaking thing was making sure we couldn't get out!" At that moment, the Creeper's wing falls through a dent in the roof, shocking everyone. They all begin moving over to the front of the bus, but Dante makes the foolish mistake of playing with the wing, awaking the Creeper, who promptly traps him in it. The other teens try holding him down, but the Creeper bites off Dante's head and leaves the temporarily alive body to flail around until collapsing dead. Hearing the monster eating, Rhonda panics and asks what it's doing. She looks through the hole as the Creeper tosses its damaged head off. The monster then pulls a new one in Dante's image out of its torso and it transforms into a new Creeper head.
The Creeper flies off into the sky. Everyone is now scared beyond the point of rational thinking and decides that since there is a fence out in the cornfield, there may be a farm they can seek help at. However, everyone is now at each other's throats, determined not to fall victim to the Creeper. Though some think that the Taggerts' help is imminate, Scotty points out that the 9 is long and they could be going in the wrong direction; despite their differences, all but one teen (who wasn't picked by the Creeper) leave the bus to seek help. They don't realize the Creeper was just waiting. The Creeper chases the scared teens into a wide field, killing Jake by throwing a shuriken into the back of his head; however, Double D tricks, preventing the Creeper from getting him. The Creeper pins Scotty to a tree with a knife, proceeding to chase the group of teeans. Izzy, Rhonda and Double D try saving him, but the moment they get him loose, the Creeper grabs him and flies off into the sky. Rhonda is left breaking down in tears as Izzy tries consoling her.
In the meantime, the Taggerts come across Minxie. Jack Sr. demands to be taken to the bus, telling Minxie to stay down until the fight with the Creeper is over. However, Minxie snaps at him, explaining that there's noone on the bus, and that the Creeper cannot be killed by conventional means and that it will return every 23rd spring. Not caring, Jack Sr. demands to be taken to the bus so he can attack it to avenge his son. Minxie gets into the car with Jack Jr. and the dog.
On the bus, the leftoever teen discovers another of the "Won't be eaten" has returned to the bus just as Bucky returns, asking why he let her back on the bus. Bucky explains that he ran over 10 miles over the valley adn that there's no farm. They beg him to leave as the Creeper isn't interested in them, keeping there distance. Just as the Creeper attempts to grab Bucky, the Taggarts arrive and flash their car lights at the Creeper, forcing him to drop Bucky. Jack, Sr. fires the harpoon through the Creeper, knocking it off center into the sky. The Creeper starts to pull the truck (as the harpoon is connected to the machine by a rope) until it throws the harpoon back at the Taggarts, who narrowly dodge the weapon. The Creeper then tries flying through the bus, but Jack, Sr. places another harpoon in the machine and shoots the Creeper through the bus windows. This knocks the beast into the fields; however, it recovers and loses its disguise. It flies with all its might, knocking over the bus. Jack Sr. tries to dislodge the rope, but finds it's stuck; Jackie tells his dad to get out of the truck, which is pulled into a flip the moment he does. Jackie then tends to his dad, to see if he's okay.
Izzy, Rhonda and Double D (the Creeper's target) argue about Minxie's warning, but ultimately decide no psychic dream will decide their fates. Izzy then shows them an abandoned exterminator truck that passed them this morning, crashed into a tree with a hole in the roof; the Creeper must have attacked it after disbaling the bus the first time. Izzy explains he knows how to hotwire a truck, explaining that's how he got into a bar fight - he was trying to steal a car. Obviously, the keys are still in it, much to their surprise. However, a shadow passes over them - "It's not birds!" However, only Rhonda and Izzy manage to get in the truck as the passenger-side door handle breaks off, forcing D to sit in the back of the truck. Izzy drives the truck off at top speed, but the Creeper is somehow able to reach the speed of over 100 MPH. D fires a flare into the Creeper's face, knocking it off-balance and away temporarily
Izzy drives into the field, knocking Rhonda out of the car as he yells for D to stay down. Izzy slams on the breaks just as the Creeper is looming over D. The creature flies through the window as D is throw off the truck as it flips over. Izzy crawls out of the truck as D awakens a short distance away; his leg is injured to the point of being unable to walk. He moves to find the Creeper's wing by itself. Suddenly the truck explodes, awakening the Creeper, who is next to it. He quickly catches D's scent. However, when he attempts to go after him, the Creeper finds that he is missing a leg and arm as well. D finds the flare gun and two flares to defend himself with. He watches the blaze as the Creeper leaps briefly and lands. D begins fleeing, but the Creeper manges to close the distance despite his injured state. When the distance from D is one hop away, the Creeper takes a flare to the chest and pins D to the ground; however, D strangles the monster, keeping him away. The Creeper opens his face-wings to scare D into letting go.
However, the sound of barking distracts the Creeper, as a harpoon is fired into his forehead, knocking him down. D looks behind to see the Taggerts and what remains of the teens. Jack Sr. takes a spare harpoon with him as he watches the Creeper attempt to remove the weapon from its head. This prompts him to continualy stab the Creeper until he runs out of breath; the total number of stabs is 31 at least. The Creeper wails in agony from all the pain Taggert inflicted on it, unable to gather the strength neccassary for moving its arm to remove the harpoon.
DAY - 23 years:
The Creeper then glares at Taggert as its face-wings close over its entire head. Everyone breathes a sigh of relief, but Minxie blows it for everyone by explaining that the Creeper didn't die; it's time for being awake has simply ran out, and it will awaken for another 23 days of horror in 23 years from now. However, Taggert stabs it again, blunting stating that it "Looks dead to me." Everyone is left contimplating what to say to the authorities and the parents of those lost to the Creeper's rampage.
Years later, three teens arrive on the Taggert farm, where an adult Jack Jr greets them; they ask to see "it". Jackie tells them it's $5 to see the "Bat Out of Hell"; a photo is $10. They ask where it came from, but Jack Jr. only says it was killed by his dad; he tells them to ask his father for themselves if they want to know how it was killed. The teens into the barn, where they find the Creeper, with his body parts sewed back together, crucified to the wall as a tourist attraction. One attempts to touch the Creeper, but a voice says they don't touch it. They teens look behind them to find an elderly Jack Sr. sitting next to his harpoon gun, which is loaded and aimed directly at the beast's heart. They ask him how he killed the Creeper, and he tells them he stabbed through the heart with a homemade harpoon. A teen asks when, it's revealed to be nearly 23 years ago, meaning the Bat Out of Hell will be waking soon. Noticing how prepared Jack Sr. is for a fight, one of the teenagers asks if he is waiting for something, and Jack, Sr. responds, "about three more days... give or take a day or two".
The movie ends with the teens looking up at the Creeper a the camera pulls in to its face and the screen goes black.
For a Victor Salva original script, visit www.horrorlair.com/scripts/jeepers2.pdf
- Jonathan Breck as The Creeper
- Ray Wise as Jack Taggart, Sr.
- Luke Edwards as Jack Taggart, Jr.
- Eric Nenninger as Scott Braddock
- Garikayi Mutambirwa as Deaundre "Double D" Davis
- Nicki Aycox as Minxie Hayes
- Travis Schiffner as Izzy Bohen
- Marieh Delfino as Rhonda Truitt
- Billy Aaron Brown as Andy "Bucky" Buck
- Lena Cardwell as Chelsea Farmer
- Diane Delano as Bus Driver Betty Borman
- Thom Gossom, Jr. as Coach Charlie Hanna
- Tom Tarantini as Coach Dwayne Barnes
- Justin Long as Darry Jenner
- Shaun Fleming as Billy Taggart
- Al Santos as Dante Belasco
- Josh Hammond as Jake Spencer
- Kasan Butcher as Kimball "Big K" Ward
- Drew Tyler Bell as Jonny Young
- Bob Papenbrook as Man in station wagon
- Jon Powell as Older Jack, Jr.
- When Rhonda stabs the creeper in the head with the javelin the eyeball is pointing the wrong way.
- When Coach Barnes reaches for the shuriken he reaches for it with his left hand, but grabs it with his right.
- Bucky could be seen on the hood of the bus, but when the students were running away he was seen with them almost in the lead, but it would be impossible for him to have gotten there that quickly.
- When Bucky was grabbed by the creeper the crack on the roof that makes it easier for Johnathon Breck to break is seen.
- When the creeper threw his head off it falls on the bus front, then onto the floor, but you don't hear any sound of the head hitting the pavement.
- After Dante is decapitated the body running around is bleeding, but on the ground there is no trace of blood what so ever.
Box office Edit
Jeepers Creepers 2 opened in 3,124 theaters and had a U.S. domestic gross of US$ 35,667,218. Other international takings were $27,435,448, the worldwide gross being $63,102,666, slightly higher than the original.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 22% rating with an average rating of 4.1 out of 10. They state: "Jeepers Creepers 2 is competently made, but it doesn't have the scares of the original."
**Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
***Saturn Award Best Horror Film
**Motion Picture Sound Editors
***Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in a Feature Film
*****David Bondelevitch*****Victor Salva
In March 2006 Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral was announced.
Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral is set 23 years after the events in the first film. Trish Jenner is the mother of a teenage son named Darry, named after the brother she lost 23 years ago. Trish has a recurring nightmare where her son suffers the same fate as her brother did, killed by the Creeper. Determined to prevent this from happening, Trish, who is now a rich and powerful woman, sets out on a final quest with Jack Taggart Sr. and Jr. to end the Creeper's reign of terror once and for all.