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UPDATED August 31, 2003
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(2003), R -- .. indeed a teen cussfest.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Distribution (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists
Director(s): Victor Salva
Producer(s): Francis Ford Coppola, Kirk D'Amico, Lucas Foster, Tom Luse, Bobby Rock, Philip von Alvensleben
Written by/Screenplay: Victor Salva
Cinematography/Camera: Don E. FauntLeRoy
Music: Bennett Salvay
Film Editing: Ed Marx
Casting: Aaron Griffith, Linda Phillips-Palo
Production Design: Peter Jamison
Art Direction: Nanci Roberts
Viewed At: Driftwood theater 6
"Jeepers, creepers! Where'd you get those peepers?" Apparently from somebody else, err, some BODY else. In this sequel to Jeepers Creepers (2001), the Creeper is much more visible to the viewers and is not simply out for a fun afternoon of slicing and dicing but is in need of body parts -- of his victims.
The movie starts in the spring season as a young lad is mounting scarecrows on poles on his fathers farm. All is as normal and gripey as would be expected of today's youth when forced by parental authority to do anything at all. But soon the boy notices one of the mounted scarecrows is different. It has a face and claws. Soon the lad is scarfed up by the demon "scarecrow" and carted off by the flying bat-man Creeper, ostensibly for his next meal. We get to see the awakening of the Creeper in this episode since it is spring and has been 23 years since the Creeper last enjoyed smorgasbord. You see, "every 23rd spring for 23 days it gets to eat." Eat what? People. As demons do. To whom the pagans made sacrifices. [1Cor. 10:20 - 21]
A high school football team, on their way home after an out of town game, singing songs and having a "gay" time (more on that later) are stranded by flat tires on East Highway 9. They listen to a radio broadcast which tells that county officials discovered at least 300 bodies in the basement of an old small town church, all stitched together in a sort of tapestry that had been hanging for quite some time. The oddity of this, according to the writers as if to say that 300 bodies in a church basement of a small community is routine, is that each body has a single body part missing.
It seems that the Creeper can smell the fear of potential victims and can tell, based on that fear-smell, whose body part will satisfy his need. During a few visits to the school bus by the Creeper, the next victims are pointed out by the Creeper One of the central characters, Scott Braddock (Eric Nenninger) used that knowledge to suggest that all who have been discovered to be an intended victim of the Creeper should leave the disabled bus and become a warm lunch for the Creeper so he would leave the non-intended victims alone. What a nice guy. I even found myself hoping the writers would have Scott say "I am not being selfish. I am going with you" to the ones who were to leave just to put a little nobility in the pitiful dialogue on the school bus.
The film has an uncomfortably strong dependence on the male physique and on portrayal of homophobia in the forms of accusations of being "gay", insults about being "gay" that go beyond locker room "humor" and strong monologue implications of the accusations being true. A lite example of the homosexual innuendo was "Izzy, or isn't he?" Izzy was one of the boys on the bus accused of being "gay." From my research into the influence of homosexuality in and as entertainment on our children, the boys on the bus, mostly shirtless with bare belly skin far below the navel and well below the ilium prominence, appear strangely like the image "gay" writers have expressed as desirable for the image of their subculture. The fact that there are no noted instances whatsoever of heterosexual immorality, not even with the three cheerleaders on the bus nor even one innuendo pointed at heterosexuality, supports this conclusion and the conclusion of promotion of the awareness of the practice of homosexuality. Which, by the way, had absolutely no place in the plot. [1Cor. 6:9-10].
An example of the violence/gore caliber of this film is found in the episode where one of the cheerleaders impaled the Creeper through the skull with the eye socket being the entry point and the demon's eye ending up on the point of the javelin. The demon repeatedly tried to remove the javelin by yanking it back and forth over and over until the side of his head came off, then later ate the head of one of the boys on the bus to replace his own. Graphically. The boy with the missing head flailed around a few seconds as if fighting whatever it was that had stolen his head.
And, as typical with R-rated movies targeted at teens such as this one, it is saturated with foul language, nearly all by teens [Luke 17:2]. Indeed, the uses of the most foul of the fouls words outnumber the uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. The prominence of the use of the most foul of the foul words was so severe, it seemed as if to say the writers were trying to rewrite that which is acceptable. [Col. 3:8] God's name was used in vain both with and without the four letter expletive, also nearly all by teens. [Deut 5:11] Jeepers Creepers 2 was indeed a teen cussfest. Granted the actors and actresses were no more teenage than I am, but they were portraying teens. I leave the itemization of assaults on morality and ethics note in this movie to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section. Please consider taking our findings to heart before you decide to take your young ones (which includes at-home teens) to see this film like the parents of the young ones in the audience did.
Just for the fun of it, below is a comparison between the Jeepers Creepers (R) of 2001 and this version. It is interesting to see that the two movies are, morally speaking, for all intents and purposes carbon copies of each other. [Ps. 12:8] Note that in the first Jeepers, I had incorporated the killings by the demon into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area rather than the Murder/Suicide. I retrofitted the Jeepers Creepers (2001) report to move the killings done by the demon from Wanton Violence/Crime to Murder/Sucide just to provide the most uniform comparison. This variation in technique does not touch the final score or the influence density. Note that I found I had failed to incorporate two murders into the scoring of Jeeepers Creepers (2001) which lowered the original score from 46 to 38, revealing an even more "matching" comparision of the two films.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|