Jeepers Creepers is a 2001 American-German horror film written and directed by Victor Salva. The film takes its name from the 1938 song "Jeepers Creepers", which is featured in the film. The film stars Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck, and Eileen Brennan.
On their way back home during the spring break, Darry (Justin Long) and Patricia Jenner (Gina Philips) witness a mysterious person with a trench coat and a hat dumping something down a tunnel. Deciding to discover what was dumped down there, Darry discovers a huge disturbing hideout full of modified bodies. Darry and Patricia set off to get help, unaware that the individual is now aware of who has been down the tunnel. Darry and Patricia soon realizes that their pursuer is not just a mysterious person, but something even more horrifying, who has more in store than they could possibly imagine.
- Gina Philips as Patricia "Trish" Jenner
- Justin Long as Darius "Darry" Jenner
- Jonathan Breck as the Creeper / Bald Cop
- Patricia Belcher as Jezelle Gay Hartman
- Brandon Smith as Sergeant Davis Tubbs
- Eileen Brennan as the Cat Lady
- Jon Beshara as Trooper Robert Gideon
- Avis-Marie Barnes as Trooper Natasha Weston
- Tom Tarantini as Roach
Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 45% of 108 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 5.1/10. The sites consensus reads: "Jeepers Creepers has a promising start. Unfortunately, the tension and suspense quickly deflates into genre cliches as the movie goes on." Metacritic rated it 49/100. Scott Foundas of Variety wrote that it is "the most conventional and least imaginative of the recent crop of high-class fright movies". Stephen Holden of The New York Times called it "a cannier-than-average teen horror movie" that "disintegrates into a shoot-by-numbers monster hunt". Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times wrote that the film "has the scariest opening sequence of any horror picture in recent memory" but becomes an "amusing horror-comedy, spooky and jolting but too literally preposterous to regain its initial aura of suspense." Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote that the film starts off well but quickly degenerates into cliche.