Set a few days after the original, a championship basketball team's bus is attacked by The Creeper, the winged, flesh-eating terror, on the last day of his 23-day feeding frenzy.
Release Year: 2003
Rating: 5.3/10 (22,224 voted)
Critic's Score: 36/100
Stars: Jonathan Breck, Ray Wise, Nicki Aycox
Stranded on a lonely road, a schoolbus full of high school basketball players, their coaches, and cheerleaders must defend themselves from the Creeper – a flesh-eating ancient beast that resurfaces on the earth every 23 years to feed. Meanwhile, a farmer and his son set out on a personal mission to hunt the Creeper down.
Writers: Victor Salva, Victor Salva
Jack Taggart Sr.
Deaundre 'Double D' Davis
Scott 'Scotty' Braddock
Billy Aaron Brown
Andy 'Bucky' Buck
Bus Driver Betty Borman
Thom Gossom Jr.
Coach Charlie Hanna
Coach Dwayne Barnes
Kimball 'Big K' Ward
The Creeper is back for more.
Release Date: 29 August 2003
Filming Locations: Long Beach, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $18,365,222
(31 August 2003)
Did You Know?
Victor Salva says in his director's commentary that he nearly cut the scene were The Creeper 'flirts' with the teens on the bus, feeling that it might be too comical for the film. He was later glad that he didn't as it was a favorite scene with the screening audiences.
The Creeper is supposed to hunt every spring. In the opening scenes, the cornfields all show full stalks of corn. Cornstalks are not that full until late summer or fall. In the spring, they are just being planted.
[yelling out to Billy, who's putting up scarecrows]
Billy! Get number three up now. Don't come in to eat before you do. And check the other two! Make sure they're wired up good. I don't want them blowing over again the first big wind.
Good sequel. Decent scary movie!
I recently re-watched the first Jeepers Creepers and I don't really get
why so many people seem to hate it. Sure, it had quite a disappointing
climax and Victor Salva is an infamous figure in Hollywood but his
visions did lead to one of the best horror films in the post-Scream
era. And the same goes for part two! If you leave logic behind, this is
quite an intense and well-elaborated scary movie. Opposite to most
directors nowadays, Salva perfectly knows how to create suspenseful
situations and emotional devastation. The Creeper (portrayed once again
by Jonathan Breck) is a far-fetched new horror icon but it does bring
terror in the most isolated outlands of America. This sequel takes
place a few days after the original (of which the happenings can be
heard on radio-broadcasts all the time) and features a bus full of high
school jocks and cheerleaders terrorized by the Creeper. Judging by
their fear's smell, he picks out victims to devour and to re-furnish
his rotting corpse.
Victor Salva makes great use of the 'surprise element'. All the
characters in Jeepers Creepers are equally meaningless so you never
really know who will get killed next. Even the most popular jock, the
most innocent child or the cutest girl can die at any time and this
results in an exiting drop-out race of which you don't want to miss a
second. The film is not as gore as you might think and the stress is
more laid on tension. Salva and his crew use the remote location to the
fullest and the film contains eerie shots of wide cornfields and roads
with no chance for shelter. The cast of young and inexperienced kids do
a fairly good job. The only familiar face in Jeepers Creepers 2 is Ray
Wise (from the cult series 'Twin Peaks'). This film will never be a
classic but at least its entertaining horror without much pretension.