New York Times - 08/29/2003
"...The increased budget for computer-generated imagery in JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 allows Mr. Salva to create some complicated and occasionally quite beautiful effects..."
The prehistoric winged slime ball known as the Creeper is back for seconds in JEEPERS CREEPERS II, on an all-you-can-eat binge before hibernating for another 23 years. His first victim is local farm boy Billy Taggert (Shaun Fleming), whose shocked father Jack (wild-eyed Ray Wise) watches, uncomprehending, as his son disappears amidst violently rustling corn husks. The monomaniacal Taggert scours the surrounding area for clues, but the Creeper (Jonathan Breck) has moved onto its next target: a school bus full of basketball players. As jocks Jake Spencer (John Hammond) and Scott Braddock (Eric Nenninger) torment gay high school journalist Izzy Bohen (Travis Schiffner) and clairvoyant cheerleader Minxie Hayes (Nicki Lynn Aycox), the Creeper watches. When the bus breaks down on East 9 Highway, the Creeper pounces, employing supernatural olfactory powers to sniff out the morsels that suit his rather finicky tastes. Token nerd Bucky (Billy Aaron Brown) gets a radio signal over to Taggert, the bereaving dad who is now hellbent on revenge and is carrying the one weapon that may be a match for the evil Creeper.
Like the original JEEPERS CREEPERS, director Victor Salva's sequel is several cuts above average horror fare. The director has a demonstrated affinity for classic filmmaking and makes frequent references to THE BIRDS, bringing Hitchcock's quiet dread to a no-holds-barred, adrenaline-boosting horror film modeled after the FRIDAY THE 13TH, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, and SCREAM series.
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