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Jeepers Creepers


This simple, yet surprisingly effective little chiller was enough of a surprise hit upon its release in 2001 a to warrant a sequel, which was released last year.

Justin Long (Ed, Dodgeball) and Gina Phillips (Ally McBeal) star as a brother and sister who are travelling home for the college holidays.

Cruising through back country roads, they rarely see another soul. That is however until a mysterious figure in a beat-up old truck starts tormenting them on the roads.

And that is really about all you need to know about the this film. It begins very much inspired by Steven Spielberg's Duel, but soon becomes something else entirely.

Horror fans welcomed the unpretentious, straightforward scares as a move away from from the ironic horror film trends of the late 90s.

It's ultimately not entirely successful, but is more than worth checking out. Academy Award winning director Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now) produced the film through his American Zoetrope production company.

To some degree, the success of Jeepers Creepers allowed writer/director Victor Salva to publicly move on from his past as a child sex offender. In 1988, Salva was convicted of five counts of sexual relations with a twelve-year-old boy who he videotaped in sexual situations. The boy was the star of Salva's debut feature Clownhouse, released the same year.

 


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