Almost nothing about him looks human, except he’s always seen wearing a 19th Century hat & jacket like he just stepped off the set of Deadwood. I’m talking about The Creeper, the demonic, amorphous, winged cannibal beastie featured in the Jeepers Creepers movies. What is he? Where does he come from? How old is he? Are there more of them? These questions (and many others) have never been addressed.
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We’re expecting the turbulent, long-gestating Jeepers Creepers 3 to (finally) arrive over Labor Day Weekend, although the exact platform of release remains unknown. But be it released theatrically, VOD or on DVD, writer/director Victor Salva has promised that JC3 will get closer to revealing the origins of The Creeper (played by Jonathan Breck) than ever before.
Official Synopsis: Taking place on the last day of the Creeper’s twenty-three-day feeding frenzy, as the skeptical Sargent Tubbs teams up with a task force hellbent on destroying the Creeper for good. The Creeper fights back in gory glory as its enemies grow closer than ever before to learning the secret of its dark origins.
The film features Meg Foster, Gina Philips, and Jonathan Breck.
We’ve been hearing murmurs that a trailer for Jeepers Creepers 3 is eminent (and that it may be over 3 minutes long!), so we’ve definitely got The Creeper on our brains. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to examine what we know about The Creeper’s origins so far while giving credence to the most compelling theories we could find. As is often the case, the Internet and YouTube are invaluable tools for cinematic detectives like myself.
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The footage below represents the most thoughtful/creative examinations of The Creeper’s origins out there. If you can’t stream, I’ll briefly summarize the primary theories presented below each video. Enjoy!
WHAT IS THE CREEPER IN JEEPERS CREEPERS MOVIE? EXPLAINED
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A 3rd nostril, scaly skin, an expanding hood, and wings has AcidGlow hypothesizing The Creeper is somehow related to an insect, perhaps something similar to the Judas Beetles in Mimic, although hair and bird-like talons on his feet suggest other forms of hybridization. The narrator points out that, in addition to creating weapons from the skin and bones of his victims, he also creates art. This video suggests The Creeper absorbs the knowledge of his victims as part of his regeneration process. Ultimately he concludes the creeper may actually be a sort of parasite, perhaps even an alien symbiont.
Jeepers Creepers: What is the Creeper?
The narrator of this video hypothesizes The Creeper was human once and cites past interviews with writer/director Victor Salva. Theory #1: The Creeper was a human who made a deal with the Devil or a demon for immortality, with a hideous metamorphosis resulting. Theory #2: The Creeper ties into Native American Wendigo mythologies. Theory #3: The Creeper may, in fact, be the same sort of alien-demon as Pennywise; they have quite a few similarities.
JEEPERS CREEPERS: What is he? PART 2
Theory #1: The narrator points out similarities between The Creeper and Mothman. Theory #2: The Creeper is Pazuzu, a demon king; yes, this is the same demon that tormented Regan (Linda Blair) in The Exorcist. The Creeper is the physical manifestation of the demon.
Jeepers Creepers 3 – Creeper Origins, Thoughts & More
Theory#1: The Creeper is a demonic entity; a creature who was never human. Theory #2: The Creeper is an interdimensional entity. Theory #3: The Creeper is a manifestation/amalgamation of several popular urban legends. Theory #3: The Creeper is an ancient alien who has been around since the days of the Pyramids. Theory #4: A person purposely engineered himself into a monster; think Seth Brundle from The Fly.
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