A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real messages here; the movie's only function is to slash up as many characters as possible. There's no explanation for the appeal of the horror festival, nor to the reason why people would serve the monster and provide victims for it.
Positive Role Models
Characters behave in ridiculous ways and barely seem human.
The two lead characters are a Black man (Imran Adams) and a White woman (Sydney Craven). British-Filipino actor Ocean Navarro plays another major character. Characters of color also appear in additional smaller roles.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters are killed. Blood dripping, spattering, spraying. Vomiting. Monster attacks. Ripped-open corpse. Character's head smashed by mallet; monster peels back her flesh and eats her brain. Person tied to table, stabbed in stomach. Wounded character screams in pain. Person hanged on hook. Leg caught in bear trap. Character impaled. Body hung from ceiling, dripping blood. Secret chamber filled with rotting bodies hung on chains. Characters hit by thrown blades. Arms ripped off. Eyes ripped out. Person suddenly snatched away by flying monster. Jump-scares. Dead animal. Bird crashes into window, bloody bird corpse. Falls from a roof. Flashes to eerie ritual with dribbling blood. Truck crashing into tower. Explosion. Brief guns and shooting. Crows swarming.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman appears to be topless in an out-of-focus shot. Two characters fall into bed together after one tries on sexy costumes. It appears that one is about to kiss the other, but the scene fades out. Sex-related dialogue. Woman pulls up panties after being on toilet (nothing shown).
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Language includes uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "goddamn," "my God," "Jesus," "hell," "half-wit," "shut up."
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Products & Purchases
Cans of Bud Light visible on a table.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character drinks something unidentified out of a small bottle. Beer-drinking during festival. Character tries to light a joint but is interrupted. Cans of Bud Light visible on a table. Person holds a pipe, but doesn't smoke it. Spoken dialogue about "taking drugs" and being a "stoner."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jeepers Creepers: Reborn is the fourth movie in a horror/slasher franchise that started in 2001. Violence is very graphic, with lots of gore, death, and blood dripping, spattering, and spraying. Characters are killed in brutal ways: stabbed, impaled, heads bashed open, and brains eaten. There are also guns, a fall from a roof, an explosion, and more. Strong language includes many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "goddamn," and more. Two characters fall into bed and begin to kiss, a woman appears topless in an out-of-focus shot, and there's some sex-related dialogue. Characters drink beer, a man is shown about to light a joint, a pipe is seen, and there's dialogue about drugs. 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 fourth entry in the slasher franchise erases the previous three (they're "fictional," while this is the "real thing"), but it's so abominably bad that it, too, deserves to be erased for good. Jeepers Creepers: Reborn begins with a strangely acted prologue -- surprising, given that it features Dee Wallace, a veteran of many horror movies, as well as E.T. -- that sets the movie's tone. Things don't improve when we meet Chase and Laine. It's unclear what they see in each other, given that their interests are entirely opposite (he likes horror and the supernatural, and she scoffs at those things). Their dialogue and performances make things even more awkward; they don't seem to listen to each other. Frankly, none of the characters really feels like an actual human.
Indeed, Jeepers Creepers: Reborn feels like a horror movie created by an algorithm. The festival -- which for some reason features fire-eaters and sword-swallowers -- is also awkward, and everyone seems to be robotically dancing and having no fun. The final stretch in the old house is over-lit to the point that nothing is scary; the monster looks like a harmless alien from a Star Trek episode. Shafts of light stream through the walls, suggesting that it would be pretty easy to break through and escape, but no one thinks of it. When Chase says of the Creeper, "we can't fight it, but we can beat it... maybe even stop it," viewers would be forgiven for throwing up their hands and walking away.
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