Jeepers Creepers 2

Jeepers Creepers 2

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Victor Salva
Produced by Tom Luse
Written by Victor Salva
Music by Bennett Salvay
Cinematography Don E. FauntLeRoy
Edited by Ed Marx
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • August 29, 2003 (2003-08-29)
Running time
104 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $17 million[2]
Box office $63.1 million[2]

Jeepers Creepers 2 is a 2003 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva,[3] produced by American Zoetrope, Capitol Films, Myriad Pictures and distributed by United Artists, a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer division. The film is a sequel to the 2001 horror film Jeepers Creepers. Francis Ford Coppola executive produced the film. The sequel to Jeepers Creepers 2 was originally scheduled to be released in 2017 before production was halted.


Three days after the events of the first film, a young boy named Billy Taggart helps his father, Jack Taggart Sr., erect scarecrows in a cornfield. As Billy makes his way through the field, the Creeper, disguised as one of the scarecrows, abducts him in front of Taggart and Billy's older brother, Jack Jr. The following day, a school bus carrying a high school basketball team and cheerleaders suffers a blowout. The chaperones inspect the tire and find it torn apart by a hand-crafted shuriken seemingly constructed from fragments of bone. Back on the Taggart farm, Jack finds a dagger dropped by the Creeper. Upon showing it to his father, the weapon inexplicably flies out of his hand on its own accord.

On the bus, cheerleader Minxie has a vision of Billy and Darry Jenner, the Creeper's victim from the first film, who both attempt to warn her about the Creeper. The Creeper then blows out another tire, disabling the bus. With the party stranded, the Creeper attacks, abducting the coaches and the bus driver. After unsuccessfully attempting to enter the bus, it singles out Minxie and some of the other occupants: Dante, Jake, Scotty, Bucky, and especially Double D. Eventually, Minxie collapses and has another vision in which Darry explains the Creeper's nature: that every twenty-third spring, for twenty-three days, it emerges from hibernation and hunts for victims, from whom it selects specific organs and body parts which it then consumes in order to replace those of its own.

After hearing numerous police reports, which imply that the authorities are aware of what is going on, the Taggarts decide to investigate. After Taggart establishes radio contact with the students, the Creeper resumes its attack and kills Dante, using his severed head as a replacement for its own. The students leave the bus, and the Creeper chases them across a field, killing Jake and taking Scotty. During the chaos, Taggart and Jack intervene, but both parties' vehicles are destroyed. The Creeper attacks Double D as he attempts to escape in another vehicle. The car is intentionally crashed, wounding both the Creeper and Double D. Before the Creeper can eat Double D, Taggart, Jack, and the other students arrive and shoot it in the head with the harpoon, while Taggart repeatedly stabs it. Before it can die, the Creeper goes back into hibernation.

Twenty-three years later, a group of teenagers drive to Taggart's farm, where the Creeper is a sideshow attraction. They notice Taggart watching it with a harpoon gun at his side. When they ask him if he is waiting for something, Taggart looks up at the Creeper and says, "About three more days, give or take a day or two."



Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 23% of 122 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 4.2/10. The site's consensus reads: "Jeepers Creepers 2 is competently made, but it doesn't have the scares of the original."[4] Metacritic rated it 36/100 based on 29 reviews.[5] Andy Klein of Variety wrote, "Few things are scarier than a sequel to a bad movie, but, in fact, Jeepers Creepers 2 is substantially better than its predecessor, even while staying strictly within the genre's well-defined boundaries."[6] Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "The sequel has got the creepy bits down cold but lacks a fair share of scares."[7] Roger Ebert, writing for The Chicago Sun-Times, rated the film one out of four stars and said, "Victor Salva's Jeepers Creepers 2 supplies us with a first-class creature, a fourth-rate story, and dialogue possibly created by feeding the screenplay into a pasta maker."[8] In The New York Times, Dave Kehr wrote that creature lacks personality when the concept is retooled into a film series.[9] Gene Seymour of the Los Angeles Times wrote that the sequel lacks the mood of the first film, and the teen protagonists are too annoying to draw the audience's sympathy. However, Seymour praised Wise's performance.[10] In a positive review, Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club called it "the rare sequel that's not only bigger than its predecessor, but also better".[11]

Box office

Jeepers Creepers 2 opened in 3,124 theaters and had a U.S. domestic gross of US$ 35,667,218. Other international takings were $27,435,448, and the worldwide gross was $63,102,666, slightly higher than the original.[2]

It displaced its predecessor, Jeepers Creepers, to become the new record holder for the highest ever Labor Day opening weekend four-day gross, holding the record until the 2005 release of Transporter 2.[12] After the 2015 Labor Day weekend, Jeepers Creepers 2 still holds the #5 spot with the #7 spot still held by Jeepers Creepers.[12] Allowing for films that had been released prior to Labor Day, Jeepers Creepers 2 holds the #9 spot after the 2015 Labor Day four-day weekend.[13]



In September 2015, Jeepers Creepers 3 was announced.[14] Filming started in April 2016, with a planned 2017 release.[15] Victor Salva returns as director, Jonathan Breck returns as "The Creeper", and Gina Philips, from the original Jeepers Creepers, is believed to be returning for her first screen role in five years.[14][15]


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  15. 1 2 Orange, B. Alan (2016-03-22). "Jeepers Creepers 3 Shooting Next Month, Gina Philips to Return as Trish?". MovieWeb. Retrieved 2016-05-25.

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