Blu-ray Review: Jeepers Creepers

There’s nothing genre fans seem to love more than a franchise. The bigger, the better. It all started in the 1980s during horror’s golden age. The likes of Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday 13th and Halloween’s popularity resulted in what a cynic might term as ‘cashing in’. Suffice to say, these sequels and prequels are, for the most part, pretty rubbish. You might be surprised to discover that Jeepers Creepers 4 is in the works. Whilst Victor Salva original remains something of a cult classic.

Trish (Gina Philips) and Darry (Justin Long) are driving home from college for spring break. Whilst travelling through the Florida countryside they’re almost run off the road by a rusty old truck which is driving erratically behind them. When they subsequently see the driver (Jonathan Breck) dumping something suspicious near an abandoned church, Darry feels compelled to investigate. It’s a decision they’ll soon begin to regret.  

Whilst it’s almost twenty years old, high production values ensure that Jeepers Creepers still looks so vibrant today. However, what makes it such a continually popular and compelling film is a combination of clever writing and surprisingly good acting. The bad ‘guy’ might be unusual, but that’s just part of the charm. It’s chock-full of memorable moments, snappy dialogue and clever touches. This care and attention to detail makes Jeepers Creepers such a great horror.

Special features:

• Commentary with writer/director Victor Salva and stars Gina Philips and Justin Long

• Commentary with director Victor Salva

• Jeepers Creepers: Then and Now

• From Critters to Creepers – An Interview with producer Barry Opper

• The Town Psychic – An Interview with actress Patricia Belcher

• Deleted & Extended Scenes

• Photo Gallery

• Theatrical Trailer

• Bonus DVD: Behind the Peepers – The Making of Jeepers Creepers

Jeepers Creepers is released on Blu-ray by 101Films on 26 October.

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