Blogging from A to Z – J for Jeepers Creepers

April 11, 2018 Blog 4

Blogging from A to Z – J for Jeepers CreepersJeepers Creepers on 31 August 2001 (USA)
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Genres: Horror, Mystery
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A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is in the midst of its ritualistic eating spree.

Directed by
Victor Salva ... (directed by)

Writing Credits (WGA)
Victor Salva ... (written by)

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete
Gina Philips ... Trish
Justin Long ... Darry
Jonathan Breck ... The Creeper
Patricia Belcher ... Jezelle Gay Hartman
Brandon Smith ... Sergeant Davis Tubbs
Eileen Brennan ... The Cat Lady
Peggy Sheffield ... Waitress Beverly
Jeffrey William Evans ... Manager
Patrick Cherry ... Binky
Jon Beshara ... Trooper Gideon
Avis-Marie Barnes ... Trooper Weston

Reading Challenges: A to Z, Book Blog Discussion

Can you post every day except Sundays during this month?  And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?

       Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days–one day for each letter of the alphabet.  When April 1st lands on a Sunday you begin on that day which will be the only Sunday you would post during that month’s challenge.

More info can be found at Blogging from A to Z and the full list of bloggers is here!

 

  • “A” post   —  April 1, 2018 (No fooling! 😁 )
  •  After Challenge Survey  —  May 3, 2018
  • Reflections  —  May 7, 2018

My A to Z Challenge: J for Jeepers Creepers

 

I love that Jeepers Kreepers starts out mainly about an urban tale. We’ve all heard some tales before that make us think twice before we do something. Things like Bloody Mary, which yes is my M! Urban tales stick around because they’re scary. Much like superstitions that have been passed down for generations. Normally you may not be able to figure out why a superstition even started, but it was strange enough to give our ancestors and their ancestors pause. Ok, maybe not the ancestors of my ancestors, especially with things like ladders.

More interestingly, after a little bit of research, I found that this story was actually based off of a real life story. Now, the movie is about a vampire type of creature, so it’s safe to assume that’s not exactly the part that’s based of true events. But, what is taken from real life is the way the story begins.

Which is hilarious because while the beginning is funny, it’s nothing that I’m going to remember later. It’s just a brother and sister playing the license plate game (trying to figure out what they mean), while on a long drive. A van comes up behind their vehicle, driving extremely fast, so they take notice. No big deal though, he passes them. But then they see the same van later at a school yard dumping what looks like a bloody sheet. They’re driving forward but then see the van behind them again, so they turn off. But then turn back around to check to see what the guy is doing! This does sound like a horror movie! They were able to see that he had blood on the van. So they go back to the school yard to see if there really was a body dumped there!

The difference between this and the real story is that the two see a guy dump a body down a pipe behind a church in the movie. When they go back to take a look around, Justin Long’s character falls down the pipe!

For vampire lore, if that’s what this creature is, the rules aren’t necessarily followed. He’s obviously on a church, presumably with hallowed ground and is hunting in daylight without much of a care. He does looked pretty burnt already, maybe now he’s no longer worried? Anyway, the rest of the film does recognize scary movie rules. No signal on their phone for instance. Going someone you really shouldn’t, ALONE. They even talk about how stupid it is, and how people in horror movies die.

Obviously, this can be filed safely in the B movie category. While I enjoyed the music, and the movie in general, and that it was a bit of a different take on vampires, there weren’t any answers to the many questions that popped up.

The reason it’s on this list is because I love movies/books that are based off of urban legends. Even though this didn’t quite hit the urban legend idea, I think the film did a good job of taking a real life situation (what were they thinking!?) and creating a spin on it that would probably scare quite a few people.

I love the way this ended, and there are two more. When I’m looking for a horror ish film, I know where to turn. But, they won’t be first on my list.

 

 

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4 Responses to “Blogging from A to Z – J for Jeepers Creepers”

  1. chucklesthescot

    Ooh I love the Jeepers Creepers films! Loved the first two and just recently bought the long awaited third one. I’m looking forward to watching it!

    • Christina

      Oh good! I loved the ending, and I was wishing I had saved this one for the hubby, but he doesn’t delight in those types of things as much (or at all) as I do. I’ll have to pick up two and three. I think they’re both on Netflix!

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I loved the first one and you probably hit on the reason why – I love urban legends. We recently watched the third one which I think could have been much better if it hadn’t been a SyFy film. Their movies have a certain feel about them. Either way, it will never be award winning but hey, the series is at least entertaining. However, I can’t see Justin Long without reminiscing about him dating Drew Barrymore. I always thought they were the perfect couple. So sad.

    • Christina

      Oh I love those two. I was surprised when I heard he was in this, but he’s also one of the reasons I went ahead and watched it. I need to look up more urban legends though! I loved that part. Looks like I need to watch two and three now!

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