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Jeepers Creepers 2

Jeepers Creepers 2

The opening title card for Jeepers Creepers 2 reveals the frenzy of a brutal creature "Every 23rd Spring, for 23 days, it gets to eat for one day."  Victor Salva's sequel to the unexpected late summer hit from two years ago has the gore and action to take away the business from Freddy vs. Jason.

The writer-director appears to have some fun with horror in gleeful sadistic fashion to set the leather menace on the loose on a bus full of jocks and cheerleaders.  Salva, known for his fascination with pariahs as the more humanistic Powder, seems to be influenced here by Hitchcock, in a more full-bodied, yet somewhat incoherent narrative.

An early sequence would lead one to believe that the chronology steps into the next day after the whimpering conclusion of Jeepers Creepers.  Salva works effectively to starkly stage an unsuspecting farmhand swiped by the bat-like freak (Jonathan Breck) posing as a scarecrow.  The kid's father Taggart (Ray Wise from TV's old "Twin Peaks" show), is an aghast as his blood boils for a fight.

While no cell phones are working on a bus stranded by the creature's ninja prowess, the uptight passengers and viewers are brought up to speed from a disgusting radio message about an incinerator found in Jeepers Creepers.  There's something about the game of "Lifeboat" among the teens that Salva uses ruthlessly well.

Essentially, Salva could have minimized the exposure of the winged freak for the fear of what could be lurking in the shadows of the heartland.  Yet, the way this bogeyman whets his appetite while preying on the bus and planning an "organ harvest" is manufactured to appease a viscerally sensitive audience.  There are some hideous shocks to endure, but it never really creeps with a dark wit into a lecherous vision of dead people.

Jeepers Creepers 2

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