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As someone who really liked the original JEEPERS CREEPERS because of the filmís sense of originality and the fact that it did not fall victim to the creative "pack mentality" concerning the current cycle of horror movies, I was delighted when JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 ($30) maintained that sense of originality by not turning out to be just a retread of the first film. While JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 is a continuation of the story that was set up in the original, the storytelling differences between the two are akin to those of the original ALIEN and its follow-up ALIENS- not that I am trying to draw any type of comparisons in anything other than the fact that both sequels tend to rev up the action over their predecessors. Where the original JEEPERS CREEPERS was a small and intimate horror outing with a handful of characters, JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 is bigger, more populated and packs a bit more firepower. With that said, JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 still isnít great cinema, but it certainly proves to be a rather enjoyable "B" monster movie.

The plot of JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 picks up the story one day after the events depicted in the first go round. However, instead of two protagonists, JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 features a busload of high school students returning home from "the big game." On a lonely stretch of highway, out in the middle of nowhere- the bus gets a flat tire. Unable to contact anyone either by radio or cell phone, the bus driver decides to try and limp home on the remaining tires. As you might expect, the bus doesnít get very far before suffering a second flat tire that completely disables the vehicle. Also falling into the "completely expected" department is the fact that the adult characters are the first ones that are picked off by the mysterious Creeper, leaving the busload of jocks and cheerleader types to fend for themselves against a seemingly unstoppable monster. The cast of JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 features Ray Wise, Jonathan Breck, Garikayi Mutambirwa, Eric Nenninger, Nicki Aycox, Travis Schiffner, Lena Cardwell, Billy Aaron Brown, Marieh Delfino and Diane Delano.

MGM Home Entertainment has made JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 available on DVD in a 2.35:1 wide screen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 is a very good-looking horror movie, with the truly fine transfer bringing out the beauty of the filmís cinematography. Much of JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 takes place on a deserted country road at night, yet the image is always brimming with detail. Of course, this may have something to do with the fact that the movie has been exceedingly well lit. As for the daylight sequences, they appear very crisp and highly defined. Colors are vibrant, while the flesh tones come across in a highly appealing manner. There isnít a bit of chroma noise of smearing to mar the excellent color reproduction. Blacks are always inky, whites are pure and contrast is uniformly excellent. The film element used for the transfer appears virtually pristine, with almost no appreciable grain. Digital compression artifacts generally remain in check.

JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 comes with a really terrific Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack. The sound design is highly aggressive, which makes excellent use of all the discrete channels, with the surround channels getting a full workout for both atmospheric sounds and active effects. Sounds pan through the soundstage in a very convincing manner, which helps to maintain cohesive sonic environments. Dialogue is crisply reproduced and always completely understandable. Fidelity is especially good for Bennett Salvayís driving action/horror score, which is rendered with a full-bodied musical quality. The bass channel proves to be very strong, with impacts that can be felt, in addition to being heard. French and Spanish surround tracks are also provided on the DVD, in addition to English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a nice complement of supplements. JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 includes two running audio commentary tracks; the first is with director Victor Salva and actors Eric Nenninger, Josh Hammond, Nicki Lynn Aycox, Marieh Delfino, Garikayi Mutambirwa and Shaun Flemming, while the second features actor Jonathan Breck (the Creeper), as well as storyboard artist Brad Parker and makeup artist Brian Penikas. Both tracks have their strong points with the first having the most entertainment value and the second focusing on bringing the Creeper to life.

Lights, Action, Creeper: The Making of Jeepers Creepers 2 is an interesting forty-minute program that has been broken into four parts, which cover conceptualization and story, cast, music and visual effects. A Day in Hell runs twenty-six minutes and follows director Victor Salva during a very long day on the set of JEEPERS CREEPERS 2, with the program showing all the hard work that goes into the making of a movie. There are slightly less than twenty minutes of deleted scenes included on the DVD, which can be viewed together or individually. The Creeperís Lair and Ventriloquist Creeper are two un-filmed sequences that are presented through a series of storyboards. Two photo galleries, a theatrical trailer and bonus trailers close out the supplements.

JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 is an enjoyable little monster movie sequel that benefits from not being the expected regurgitation of the first film. As for the DVD, it looks and sounds terrific, so if you are a genre movie fan, you really canít go wrong by picking up this disc.



Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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