If early reports pan out, fans who have waited for more than a decade for the final installment in a Jeepers Creepers Trilogy don’t have to suffer much longer. Producers are hoping to follow in the tradition of the first two Jeepers films with a Labor Day Release; this means the Creeper could be back to feed on September 1st.
[For a summary of writer/director Victor Salva’s criminal past and why many horror fans are choosing to boycott Jeepers Creepers 3, follow the link at the bottom of the article.]
While we wait for an official announcement (along with a poster and/or trailer) it seemed like the perfect opportunity to bone up on our Jeepers Creepers history. The first film, released in 2001, is a modern horror masterpiece with an unlikely combination of creature terror and Southern Gothic. The success of the film is due, in no small measure, to the amazing chemistry between Justin Long and Gina Philips who played the brother/sister duo Darry and Trish. Of course, Jeepers Creepers also introduced the first truly iconic horror villain of the 21st Century.
Jeepers Creepers is one of those rare films that improves with each viewing, with new layers of horror and subtext constantly revealing themselves. But for a truly in-depth examination of the film, check out the deleted scenes below.
Most deleted scenes included on Blu-rays and DVDs are usually fun to look at, but not really essential to the story. The deleted scenes for Jeepers Creepers, though, are almost all fantastic. In addition to extended dialog highlighting the chemistry between Philips and Long, we see plenty of Creeper (Jonathan Breck) hijinks including some killer acrobatics and a scene where the fiend gets some… um, eats some… um. Best to just watch! You’ll also see writer/director Victor Salva in a Hitchcockian cameo as a bloated corpse and, perhaps most incredible: The Creeper speaks!
Official Synopsis: After making a horrific discovery in the basement of an old abandoned church, Trish (Gina Philips) and her brother Darry (Justin Long) watch their routine road trip home from college turn into a heart-stopping race for their lives. They find themselves the chosen prey of an indestructible force that relentlessly pursues them and gives a new and chilling meaning to the old song “Jeepers Creepers.”