Drive-In Review: JEEPERS CREEPERS (Blu-Ray)

We take a look at Victor Salva’s creature feature, Jeepers Creepers. Drive-In Review style!

 

JEEPERS CREEPERS (2001)

Directed by: Victor Salva

Stars: Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck, and Eileen Brennan

MPAA Rating: R

Format: Blu-Ray

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Let’s get something straight right from the beginning. I love the Jeepers Creepers franchise. It’s simple and to the point. Most horror films have to many damn angles and by the time you get to the bottom of what is really happening, you have more questions than answers.

It’s not a mind bender of a film and it’s not a deep psychological thriller that makes you scratch your head. It’s a fun film to watch period.

The premise is simple. Creature of possibly ancient origin, kidnaps and kills anyone who he “likes” and then replaces parts of his own body with theirs. A brother sister duo,(Justin Long and Gina Phillips) just trying to get home from college, encounter said creature and then the fun really begins. Eighty odd minutes of super tense, super creepy moments pass and this film still has you glued to the screen.

Long really brings it as Darry and you can almost feel his fear in certain points during the film. Gina Phillips is amazing in her role as Trish who is coming off of a bad break-up and is on edge as it is. I do have to give my hat too Eileen Brennan for her performance as “The Cat Lady”. The creep factor in this flick is epic. Something about “The Creeper’s” very presence just makes your skin crawl. This is without even seeing him fully revealed.

Question is though, is it really worth getting this bad boy on Blu-Ray? Before we get to that we shall delve into my favorite part of writing these reviews…the Drive-In Totals.

DRIVE-IN TOTALS

Countless Dead Bodies

Zero Breasts

Car Fu

Gun Fu

Fire Fu

Skinning Fu

Laughing Crows

Creepy Psychic

Crazy Cat Lady

Whole Police Department Massacred

And a song that will stick in your head for hours after viewing.

Now for the specifics. The image on this release is amazingly better than the DVD release. The blacks are mostly solid and never too bright, and the colors are very vibrant.  Film grain is fairly noticeable at times, but this only adds to the charm of the film’s gritty look. This film was premiered in theaters over eleven years ago and I have to say, this Blu-Ray has to match(and sometimes exceeds) those original viewings.

The audio is equally great, with a DTS HD 5.1 track that does a great job of reproducing the film’s aggressive sound design. Even the cawing of crows will make you looking over your shoulder to check if there is one in the room.

Sadly, the special features on this disc remain wanting. Yes most of the features on the DVD release are transferred over to this release but a new commentary or behind the scenes featuerette would have been good to0. Still, there is an audio commentary with director Salva, a still photo gallery set to Bennett Salvay’s bad ass score, a set of deleted and extended scenes (including a pretty sick alternate ending), and the original theatrical trailer, which gave away too much of the film in my opinion. In addition, there is also a brief bit highlighting Salva’s cameo, and “Behind the Peepers”, a collection of making-of featurettes that can be watched separately or as a one-hour documentary. Pretty meaty right?

Some steer clear of this film due to the directors sorted past(look it up for yourself) but in actuality, if you want a edgy, top notch creature feature with awesome lasting power and scares a plenty, Jeepers Creepers is a must own.

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Victor Salva
  • Behind the Peepers – The Making of Jeepers Creepers
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Photo Gallery – “Last Looks”
  • Director’s Cameo
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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