Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

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Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Victor Salva
Starring: Jonathan Breck, Ray Wise, Nicki Aycox
Rated: R/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Scream Factory

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When their bus is crippled on the side of a deserted road, a team of high school athletes discover an opponent they cannot defeat – and may not survive. Staring hungrily at them through the school bus windows, the “Creeper” returns again and again. But when the teammates discover that it’s selective about whom it attacks, it will test their ability to stick together – as the insatiable menace tries to tear them apart!

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The sequel to Jeepers Creepers (Jeepers Creepers 2 here) gives us a very intimate setting as we join a school bus full of kids who find themselves broken down on the side of the road (Thanks to the Creeper) with our film’s spooky villain flying above and picking them off. While maybe not as overall strong as the original, Jeepers Creepers 2 at least ups the action a bit and even ups some of the ante as far as the gore goes. We still don’t get an all out blood bath but we do get some awesome effects work with some blood tossed in. Even the star of the original film, Justin Long, manages to bring his character back to the fold ever so slightly as he appears in a dream from time to time helping guide one of our female characters who apparently has gotten herself some psychic ability in this whole ordeal. The movie keeps things familiar but doesn’t seem afraid to mix things up a little bit as well. One added bonus here is a character played by none other than Ray Wise. His son is taken by The Creeper early during the film’s intro and he along with his other son is out for revenge. It all comes into play and makes a nice mix from start to finish in my opinion. Not as well made overall as the original, but still good enough to entertain me.

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During a time filled with the back-end of the Scream new age slasher craze and Final Destination films, Jeepers Creepers was something different and fresh and I really do feel like the sequel keeps that momentum rolling along. I can see where some might not care much for it but if there is one thing it does really well it at least makes it hard to figure out who will survive the movie and who won’t. The leads aren’t as clear as they usually are and going from the last film in this franchise you just never know. The action scenes are amped up and all in all, I am never bored at all when watching a Jeepers Creepers movie. This one is more of a pop-corn horror flick, but I don’t see anything wrong with that as well. The visual side of this one shines pretty well with the transfer Scream Factory gives us. While I am more of a fan of the original, you can’t go wrong with the whole disc full of extras you get here. Everything from looks back to a whole list of featurettes is the highlight of this release. You can probably have just as much fun of not more by watching the extras here as you can have to watch this movie. Scream Factory Collector Edition releases are usually a sure bet for being solid entertainment and quality. This release of Jeepers Creepers 2 is no different.

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Extras

Disc 1
– Audio Commentary By Writer/Director Victor Salva And Cast Members
– Audio Commentary By Jonathan Breck (The Creeper), Brad Parker (Production Illustrator) And Brian Penikas (Special Effects Makeup)
Disc 2
– NEW Jeepers Creepers 2: Then And Now Featuring New Interviews With Writer/Director Victor Salva, Director Of Photography Don FauntLeRoy, Editor Ed Marx And Actor Tom Tarantini
– NEW A Father’s Revenge – An Interview With Actor Ray Wise
– NEW Don’t Get Off The Bus – Interviews With Actors Tom Tarantini, Thom Gossom Jr. And Diane Delano
– A Day In Hell – A Look At The Filming Of Jeepers Creepers 2
– Lights, Camera, Creeper: The Making Of Jeepers Creepers 2 Featuring Writer/Director Victor Salva, Actors Travis Schiffner, Josh Hammond, Billy Aaron Brown, Eric Nenninger, Nicki Aycox, Director Of Photography Don FauntLeRoy And More…
– Creeper Creation Featuring Interviews With Production Illustrator Brad Parker, Special Make-up Effects Artist Brian Penikas And Jonathan Breck
– The Orphanage Visual Effects Reel
– Creeper Composer – An Interview With Composer Bennett Salvay And Writer/Director Victor Salva
– Storyboard Renditions Of Scenes Not Filmed – “The Creeper’s Lair” And “Ventriloquist Creeper”
– Deleted Scenes
– Photo Gallery
– Theatrical Trailer

Quality of Transfer: 96%

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