Jeepers Creepers (2001) – 2/5

Stupid horror film with a silly, incomprehensible plot and a monster that’s neither scary nor particularly interesting. It’s well shot, though, and has a few inspired moments, but the story is lazy and often makes absolutely no sense, especially in the second act when the “creature” is finally revealed and turns the whole thing into a giant chase movie of sorts. A really lazy, stupid chase movie with barely an ounce of originality to its name.

You know you’re in trouble when you’ve got a psychic coming in out of nowhere about half way through your film to explain elements of the plot to the audience. Talk about lazy, uncreative writing. You couldn’t have had the main characters stumble on an ancient book or meet an elderly yet knowledgeable townsperson or any number of other exposition-serving horror tropes that would more creatively explain the creature’s background instead? Was making a random psychic do the dirty work really the most creative thing they could come up with? Why the need to explain it at all, really? I mean, it’s a monster, it kills people. That’s all we need to know. No psychic-inspired explanation necessary. And the mythology they do reveal about the creature is so illogical and stupid. Why. Why.

The gore isn’t even all that good either. I mean, if you’re going to make a horror film that’s neither scary nor intelligent nor particularly interesting, at least make it somewhat gory. But nope. Just stupid. And the ending, what the hell? Was that supposed to be shocking or something? Who cares. Stupid.

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