A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Lead characters are standard teens/young adults who get into horror movie trouble while driving through the countryside.
Two people of color are secondary characters.
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Violence & Scariness
Horror movie violence and gore. Dead bodies found in a basement with body parts sewn together. Decapitated head. Victim's eyes are removed. The Creeper shown removing a tongue of a decapitated head with its mouth. Heart ripped out of chest. A villain eats and removes the organs of his victims. Torn limbs. Rifle shooting. Police carry assault weapons. Reckless driving. Jump scares throughout.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Naked breasts of one of the dead bodies in the basement.
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Strong language throughout. "F--k" used several times. Also: "a--holes," "bulls--t," "s--t," "d--k," "bitch," "goddamn," "ass," "hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jeepers Creepers is a 2001 horror movie in which a brother and sister driving home from college encounter evil in the countryside. Expect horror movie violence and gore, including dead bodies with removed body parts or sewn-on body parts, a decapitation, torn limbs, organs ripped out. One character wields a shotgun and shoots it at The Creeper. The Creeper is shown removing a tongue of a decapitated head with its mouth. Jump scares throughout. Brief nudity of a dead female body (breasts). Reckless driving. Strong language throughout, including "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a pretty standard horror movie from the early 2000s, hearkening back to a time when no cellular telephone service hadn't become a horror movie cliche. Jeepers Creepers still has some scares in it, even if it gets increasingly cheesy as the movie goes on. There's a menace to it that creates a lot of tension, and the direction makes all the right moves, but the proverbial "big reveal" makes the whole thing seem more than a little ridiculous.
There's an awareness of the tropes and cliches, such as the classic "young adults from the city driving through the unsettling rural area," the mystic local, skeptical cops, and how the bad decisions of said young adults lead to the scary consequences. But having the awareness of these cliches while still using them isn't great moviemaking. The acting is good, for a horror movie, and while it's not as dated as so many other movies from the late '90s and early 2000s, it's also not a classic of the genre.
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