Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jeepers Creepers 1 and 2 (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - What's Eating... Blu?

Movies are made by many people. Think of how long the credits are on any given film. Pretty damn long, right? So long that sometimes studios can even put in Easter eggs or surprise twists at the very end. Movies are a collaborative work and should be treated as such. We cannot demonize an entire movie because of one individual associated with the movie even if that individual has a prominent role to play in the production of that movie. There are plenty of folks who deserve recognition for their brilliant work on a film, and it should go without saying that you do not have to promote, endorse or praise an individual who worked on a film if he is scum.

I'm reviewing the Blu-rays of Jeepers Creepers 1 and 2 from Scream Factory. I enjoyed both releases. I enjoyed both films upon their release. There is one individual associated with this franchise who has done unforgivable things. He will not be mentioned during this review. I want this to be a review of the movie and of the talented cast and crew who put forth excellent effort to make a satisfying monster movie that plays well to a modern audience and even scared me at times. I ask that if you disapprove of these films based on actions of the director, do not watch them, Do not buy them, but please do not make this review or the subsequent posts sharing this review a soundboard against him. I am not reviewing this to praise him or support him. I am Horror fan. We are Horror fans. We watch movies. We care about each other, and there are many ways for you to support the movement against the director himself. Thank you very kindly.

Now onto the reviews.

Jeepers Creepers

Something about this movie resonates with me. Perhaps it's because I've gone on a road trip and had to deal with some strange things in the middle of nowhere in places that define desolation. There's a feeling of being trapped and being alone. Your mind creates its own stories about the spaces in between towns and the legends that might live in the spaces. The void has monsters. Jeepers Creepers takes place in one of those voids, and boy does it have a monster.

The big baddie in this flick looks stunning with some truly great monster makeup that is complemented by an incredible stunt and effects crew. There's something wicked in the create design that feels demonic but original. The origin feels truly unknown. Even though I've watched both Jeepers Creepers 1 and 2 countless times I still don't feel like I have a grasp one what we are dealing with. One of the greatest things about this flick... that great big truck driven by you know who. It looks like a goddamn monster itself.

The casting is great with Justin Long and Gina Philips feeling like real people who you can about. The supporting cast around them also feel like people you'd encounter on a road trip in the middle of nowhere. It makes it easy to root for them while being even more terrified by our villain.

With plenty of tense moments and plenty of fast paced action, Jeepers Creepers is never dull evolves nicely and ends with a twist that is memorable and creepy.

The extra include a new commentary track and a bunch of great interviews. There's a making of featurette as well as all the trimmings (trailers etc). The new cover art is fantastic, but you can opt for the original art if you prefer on the reverse. While Jeepers Creepers is a relatively new movie, the transfer is still worth noting. It's damn good with good black levels and looks like a modern, well produced Horror movie. I think you should focus on the alternate opening and ending. I love when we get to see what could have been.

You can order your copy now via Scream Factory or DiabolikDVD:

From Scream Factory:

On a desolate country highway, two homeward-bound teens (Gina Philips, The Sickhouse and Justin Long, Drag Me To Hell) are nearly run off the road by a maniac in a beat-up truck... and later spot him shoving what appears to be a body down a sewer pipe. But when they stop to investigate, they discover that the grisly reality at the bottom of that pipe is far worse than they could have ever suspected... and that they are now the targets of an evil far more unspeakable – and unstoppable – than they could have ever imagined!

Disc 1:

NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
NEW Audio Commentary With the Writer/Director And Stars Justin Long And Gina Philips
Audio Commentary By Writer/Director

Disc 2:

NEW Jeepers Creepers: Then And Now Featuring Interviews With the Writer/Director, Producer Barry Opper, Director Of Photography Don FauntLeRoy, Editor Ed Marx And Actor Tom Tarantini
NEW From Critters To Creepers – An Interview With Producer Barry Opper
NEW The Town Psychic – An Interview With Actress Patricia Belcher
Behind The Peepers: The Making of Jeepers Creepers Featuring the Writer/Director,  Producer Tom Luse, Actors Gina Philips, Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Jonathan Breck And More…
Deleted & Extended Scenes Including An Alternate Opening And Ending Sequence
Photo Gallery
Theatrical Trailer
Radio Spot

Jeepers Creepers 2

And this is where it gets tricky for me. Do I prefer the original Jeepers Creepers which introduced us to a badass monster and had plenty of heart in the two lead actors OR... does the kill by numbers involving a bus broken down in the middle of nowhere trump the original, going for gratuity and excess over spooky? After watching them both back to back, I think I'm a fan of part 2 just a bit more than the original. There's something about the expansive effects and stunts that drive this movie even harder than the original. The movie is booming right from the get go, has marvelous continuity with the original picture and continues to build on the legend created by the original picture.

The actors aren't as good, but it's fun to watch them die. It's almost as if this movie turns the tables on the baddie and makes the monster the good guy. It's what made the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise so much for in later installments.

What Jeepers Creepers 2 lacks in depth it makes up for in thrill kills.

The transfer is on par with the original disc, looking great. It's a dark movie as is the first one so a good transfer is pretty important unless you want to end up with a bunch of scenes where you simply THINK someone is being killed rather than actually seeing the kill. This release features new artwork that looks amazing but purists can find the original artwork on the reverse. There are plenty of new interviews for this release that are newly created. Most of the other features are from previous releases but they are abundant and fascinating. You really can get to know Jeepers Creepers 2 (even better than part one). The important stuff to check out is the featurette on the creature creation and, for me, the interview with the composer.

This is a great follow up monster movie that begins to take on aspects of a slasher movie while still creating mystery and furthering a legend of what lies between the towns in the middle of nowhere. With the third one on the way, it'll be nice to see if we get a more robust story surrounding the origin of our creature... or at least a higher body count with cool weapons and strange wings flapping through the night.

You can order your copy now via Scream Factory or DiabolikDVD:

 From Scream Factory:

When their bus is crippled on the side of a deserted road, a team of high school athletes discover an opponent they cannot defeat – and may not survive. Staring hungrily at them through the school bus windows, the "Creeper" returns again and again. But when the teammates discover that it's selective about whom it attacks, it will test their ability to stick together – as the insatiable menace tries to tear them apart!

This chilling sequel to the hit film Jeepers Creepers stars Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop), Eric Nenninger (Malcolm in the Middle), Nicki Aycox (Joy Ride 2) and Jonathan Breck returning as The Creeper.

Bonus Features
Disc 1:

Audio Commentary By the Writer/Director  And Cast Members
Audio Commentary By Jonathan Breck (The Creeper), Brad Parker (Production Illustrator) And Brian Penikas (Special Effects Makeup)

Disc 2:

NEW Jeepers Creepers 2: Then And Now Featuring New Interviews With the Writer/Director , Director Of Photography Don FauntLeRoy, Editor Ed Marx And Actor Tom Tarantini
NEW A Father's Revenge – An Interview With Actor Ray Wise
NEW Don't Get Off The Bus – Interviews With Actors Tom Tarantini, Thom Gossom Jr. And Diane Delano
A Day In Hell – A Look At The Filming Of Jeepers Creepers 2
Lights, Camera, Creeper: The Making Of Jeepers Creepers 2 Featuring the Writer/Director, Actors Travis Schiffner, Josh Hammond, Billy Aaron Brown, Eric Nenninger, Nicki Aycox, Director Of Photography Don FauntLeRoy And More…
Creeper Creation Featuring Interviews With Production Illustrator Brad Parker, Special Make-up Effects Artist Brian Penikas And Jonathan Breck
The Orphanage Visual Effects Reel
Creeper Composer – An Interview With Composer Bennett Salvay And the Writer/Director
Storyboard Renditions Of Scenes Not Filmed - "The Creeper's Lair" And "Ventriloquist Creeper"
Deleted Scenes
Photo Gallery
Theatrical Trailer

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